White Paper – Sustainability Analytics: Practical Guide Part 3

How to integrate the reporting and planning of your carbon emissions into your company.

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In the first part of our 2022 white paper series, we focused on companies’ motivations to reduce their carbon footprint and how systems like SAP S/4HANA and SAP Analytics Cloud can provide the needed architecture for controlling a corporate carbon footprint according to Greenhouse Gas Protocol. In the second part of the series, we looked into ways of setting up SAP Analytics Cloud to act as a carbon footprint monitor and offer simulation options to run what-if scenarios and to evaluate business cases.

Having identified the right toolset with the required capabilities, companies now need to find ways to integrate these with existing operational systems and into their company processes. Sustainability needs to be incorporated throughout the organization from operations to decision-making.

Companies are still at the early stages when it comes to managing accounting and reporting requirements for CO2 emissions. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems have not yet embraced the changes for those requirements. Even a modern SAP S/4HANA system does not yet offer full carbon accounting functionalities (comparable to financial accounting). SAP has already communicated to partners that an integration is planned, but it will be at least one or two more years until we can expect this to be available to customers.

In the meantime, companies need to use their ERP, as well as other source systems, as an input source to calculate their corporate carbon footprint (CCF) in separate reporting tools. Using tools such as Microsoft Excel with manual inputs can require major efforts of several weeks when companies calculate their yearly Corporate Carbon Footprint (CCF). Therefore it is advisable to use tools such as SAP Analytics Cloud with built-in interfaces e.g. to SAP S/4HANA for direct data import or even live data connection.

What you get out of it:

  • As-is situation and integration into operation systems.
  • Integration of the Green Line into decision-making.
  • Implications on operations and financials.
Westernacher White Paper Sustainability Analytics Part 3: How to integrate the reporting and planning of your carbon emissions into your company.

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