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SAP and environmental sustainability of the IT sector


Luisa Arienti, CEO of SAP Italia, signs the agreement with the Ministry of the Environment

An agreement for the promotion of initiatives of environmental sustainability for the reduction and neutralization of the climate impact caused by the companies of Information Technology sector. They signed it on October 18 on Environment Minister Corrado Clini is Luisa Arienti, CEO of the Italian branch of SAP, Italian and world leader in business software.

71 large Italian companies have already signed a similar agreement, but among them SAP is the first in the IT world. This could be a harbinger of positive results given that IT has and will play an important role in terms of environmental sustainability.

In light of the signed agreement, the Ministry of the Environment, Land and Sea Protection, engaged for some time in supporting the voluntary commitments of companies, began collaborating with SAP to encourage experimentation and the development of replicable methodologies and experiences in the Information Technology sector.

The agreement signed between the Ministry and SAP is in fact aimed at the dissemination of sustainable production and consumption models and at the analysis and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions on two fronts: on the one hand due to the direct impact on the climate of SAP's own activities in the two offices in Rome and Vimercate, and on the other hand due to the indirect benefits generated by the implementation of SAP technological solutions at client companies to manage responsible for your business.

In particular. the signed document provides that an environmental impact calculation methodology will be defined - the carbon footprint - specific for Information Technology sector and that economically efficient interventions are identified to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The agreement also plans to make an estimate of the remaining emissions and identify possible actions for their neutralization.

SAP also undertakes to collect, together with client companies, the related data in order to prepare a "case study" in which it is highlighted how the implementations of its sustainability solutions are functional to the calculation and monitoring of CO emissions (carbon footprint) and therefore to support the reduction strategy of the same.

"The Ministry has signed agreements for the analysis of the environmental footprint with more than 70 Italian companies - explained the Minister Clini in a video interview recorded and broadcast during the SAP Sustainability Forum of 18 October - Today's agreement is of particular importance because it concerns a strategic sector for reducing the impact on the environment of production activities. In fact, software is one of the key tools for sustainability because it reduces the need for energy and resources in companies ”.

"The agreement signed today marks an important step for us that will strengthen the path already undertaken to operate internally in a sustainable way and to help our customers do business in compliance with environmental issues. The value of this voluntary commitment is also in the precious collaboration between public and private to reduce the environmental impact, which will bring useful results for institutions, for companies but also for the entire community ", said Luisa Arienti of SAP Italia. "We hope that our path will be an example for many other companies that, like SAP, invest concretely for more sustainable development".


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