The ICT industry generates greenhouse gas. But it’s a nuanced picture. Overwhelmingly, the main route to reducing carbon emissions is through digitalisation. Existing technologies can only reduce about 65 percent of emissions¹ – much more is needed to meet net-zero targets. In the face of growing regulations and heightened consumer awareness, what’s the answer? Innovation with SAP S/4HANA.
The evidence is inescapable; global warming threatens our very existence. From nation-states to international corporations to SMEs, it is incumbent on us all to live and work more sustainably. New regulations, such as Germany’s Climate Change Act, mean that hope and headline-grabbing promises are simply not enough. Increasingly, organisations are being compelled to do more. Did you know, for example, that from 2023 companies with over 250 employees will be mandated to report their sustainability measures?² But there are not only sticks; there are carrots, too. Let’s explore them.
In our coffee plantation concept showcase, the long tradition of growing coffee plants meets 21st-century SAP software solutions and blockchain. From planting the seed to nourishing the seedling to harvesting the beans, data is indelibly written into the blockchain. This way, our coffee producer can trace every aromatic pot of coffee back to the precise batch, guaranteeing traceability and protecting against manipulation. And using IoT devices that gather information on weather and soil conditions, we also help the producer grow a healthy crop – and they don’t waste a drop of precious water.