SAP plans to power all datacenters by renewable electricity

Summary:Following Facebook's lead earlier this month, SAP wants everyone to know how much it cares about the environment, starting in the datacenter.


SAP has been curating a sustainable image push for some time now, and the software company is taking another step further this year.

Amid publishing its second annual integrated report on Friday morning, which covers sustainability and other non-financial metrics, SAP revealed plans to to power all of its facilities and datacenters with 100 percent renewable electricity.

Such an ambitious plan won't happen all at once, but the German software company assured that it will get to work on this game plan this year.

As SAP, and the rest of the technology industry, move their data and business models to the cloud, datacenters play an increasingly heavy role in delivering services.

But datacenters are extremely costly, both in utility bills and the toll taken on the environment in supporting hot, continuously-on machines.

Thus, many tech giants, software providers and beyond, have been proactive -- even to a zealous degree -- in promoting their concerns and efforts in developing sustainable methods.

One recent example is Facebook, which has been touting real-time dashboards developed in-house to visualize real-time energy and water usage rates and efficiency within its Oregon and North Carolina datacenters. The social network announced earlier this month that it would be open sourcing both the front-end and back-end data aggregators for these dashboards.

As for SAP, the HANA in-memory database maker reiterated a pledge to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from its operations to levels of the year 2000 by 2020.

According to SAP's 2013 Integrated Report, greenhouse gas emissions from SAP operations increased from 30.0 grams CO2 per euro of total revenue in 2012 to 32.4 grams CO2 per euro in 2013.

But the company's overall electricity usage and efficiency was said to have remained flat.

Topics: Data Management, Data Centers, Enterprise 2.0, Enterprise Software, SAP


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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