SAP has promised to reduce its greenhouse gas emission to year 2000 levels by 2020, as part of a range of sustainability products and initiatives.
The company says it is adopting a "long-term strategic focus on sustainability, covering both its own operations and customer solutions for more sustainable business practices".
The enterprise software giant has appointed its first Chief Sustainability Officer, Peter Graf, and with its partner TechniData, has launched an expanded environment, health and safety (EHS) management product.
"SAP is in a unique, dual position when it comes to sustainability," said Léo Apotheker, co-CEO, SAP AG. "We have a moral obligation to start with ourselves and ensure that our business operates in a transparent and accountable manner, leaves a minimal environmental footprint and reaches out to improve the social situation of others.
As the leader in business software, we also deliver solutions that help other businesses achieve clarity across their operations and better manage their sustainability performance."
SAP's company commitment involves a 51-percent reduction of its total greenhouse gas emissions from its 2007 baseline and involves direct emissions and indirect emissions such as business travel, which was 42 percent of SAP's total footprint in 2007.
The company's promise to focus on carbon reductions, rather than offsets is likely to find favour with environmental campaign organisations.
Tomorrow (3 March) Léo Apotheker, SAP Co-CEO will give a keynote address at the CEBIT, trade show on sustainability and IT.
The company has also announced it will launch a full line of green IT management applications, under the name, SAP® Environment, Health, and Safety Management (SAP EHS Management).
The company promised "SAP EHS Management is open to work with non-SAP solutions yet is integrated into SAP Business Suite".