SAP: A collective effort is needed to transform our energy system

The war in Ukraine has made Europe’s geoeconomic dependence on cheap and abundant energy crystal clear. The fossil energy flows through a network of pipelines, is used and creates greenhouse gases that quickly build up in the atmosphere. The solution sounds easy, but it certainly is not: to transform our energy system. “To achieve this goal, we need a systemic approach. A collective effort by major players from all sectors,” said Peter Maier, President of Industries & Customer Advisory at SAP SE.

SAP works with the world’s largest companies to deliver digital solutions that enable the decarbonisation of entire value chains, from raw energy and materials to store shelves. “Together, we believe that the race against zero emissions is about bringing the right players together and shaping an economy that drives innovative products, business processes and business models.”

To this end, SAP wants to rapidly reduce its reliance on fossil fuels. Maier: “However, we must not forget that we need reliable energy sources to operate and heat our homes, to move around every day and to support the production of essential modern materials such as cement, plastic and steel. But the transition is underway, and SAP has made it its mission to accelerate the decarbonisation of the energy system with intelligent digital solutions. “

Transition to sustainable energy systems

Shell is one of the global energy companies that is transforming itself towards a sustainable and robust energy system. SAP has been providing digital solutions to Shell’s operations for many years. “We are now expanding our partnership to work on solutions and to motivate and accelerate the journey towards decarbonisation of our economy.”

“No business can survive without robust cost accounting and control. In the future, no company will survive confrontation with regulators, investors and customers without equally sound accounting for sustainability-related metrics, including greenhouse gas emissions, ”said the SAP chief. “All companies need to understand the CO2 footprint of their input, what they add to their operations and what the resulting total is. So all companies committed to net zero need a way to measure and reduce their emissions of. “

Shell and SAP jointly plan to innovate in greenhouse gas emissions accounting solutions and supply chain management practices so that all players in value chains can measure and reduce their CO2 footprint. Driving this transformation from the energy supply side creates the necessary transparency on the demand side – all the way to consumers.

Measurement of emissions and results of sustainability initiatives

Maier: “We also believe that sustainability metrics should be integrated into end-to-end transaction processes across value chains and across industry boundaries. Only with this integration can organizations take into account the sustainable implications of product design, procurement and procurement, production, logistics. and sales. Innovative solutions based on industry standards will be important tools in the energy transformation. “

Shell is a co-founder of the Open Footprint Forum, and we work together to establish a common model for footprint-related data across all emission types, consumption and base calculations to normalize and aggregate industry data. Our efforts to set standards that enable energy transformation of the entire industries, will become even more tangible as Shell and SAP themselves lead the way with examples of companies moving towards a new energy economy. “

SAP supports Shell

SAP will support Shell’s Powering Progress strategy to accelerate the transition from Shell’s operations to net zero emissions. The company plans to enter into a partnership with SAP on CO2 accounting and management solutions. These SAP solutions will help Shell track emissions and CO2 budgets in their operating areas. This improved insight supports better planning and day-to-day operational decision making.

“SAP has promised to be CO2 neutral for our own operations by 2023 – and to be net zero throughout our value chain by 2030,” Maier said. “Shell is helping SAP with the transition to a zero-emission car fleet, and Shell’s Accelerate to Zero program will help with this mobility transition, including by providing charging cards and charging-at-home infrastructure, starting in the Netherlands. In Germany, we intend to establish a mutually beneficial THG agreement and establish an incentive program for German commercial vehicle drivers. Shell also supports SAP in reducing our energy consumption, starting with the construction of football-sized solar panel installations for SAP’s headquarters in Walldorf, Germany. “

Insight and transparency

“This partnership is a great example of our commitment to SAP and our customers to accelerate the energy transition,” said Audny Van Helden, Vice President Energy Marketing Sectors and Decarbonization, Shell Plc. “Our common technology and industry expertise will help companies make more sustainable decisions.”

“I completely agree with that. These joint activities enable the transition to a sustainable energy system and act as projects with high visibility. They will hopefully have a snowball effect on several value chains in the industry. Shell’s experience in planning and executing major infrastructure projects and SAP’s experience in Managing and optimizing business processes is a winning combination, ”concludes Maier.

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