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Sustainability, the efficiency proxy

One never can tell how large or engaged the audience for a webcast will be, particularly if there is no registration page.  While the online turnout was meager compared to the droves who show up to a Thomas Jung cutting edge development demo, I thought the SAP Mentor Monday webcast on Sustainability and Carbon Footprint went well.

One of the initial questions revolved around the financial aspects of carbon reduction.  How can a company continue to be profitable with new information processing burdens such as reporting emissions? Michael Beutler said it succinctly with the phrase “carbon is a proxy for efficiency.” He believes that companies which search for energy and supply chain efficiencies will be reducing costs at the same time as they are removing carbon dioxide generation from their direct and indirect sources.  It’s a compelling argument to the business units.

Introductory material is in my prior blog –  Sustainability: yours, mine and ours

The chat log is in the SDN wiki here.

There are followup questions in the Sustainability & CSR.

Finally, there is both a webcast recording and an audio recording.  Mark Finnern drove the session, so the former is his work.  I set up my MP3 recorder, meaning my voice is loud and clear, for the latter.

The podcast is also available via this link.  It’s 45 MB, over an hour of great dialogue.


Michael and Jonas, as well as others at SAP, are working on the 2009 SAP Sustainability Report.  There are a few clues in the podcast about what will be included, but we’re in the “quiet period” so not much can be written yet.  Look for more interactivity, more direct customer usability, and a more realistic data validation process than the 2008 report.


What’s next?

Once the 2009 report is available we may have another webcast.  Whether it is through the SAP Mentor channel or something like UStream remains to be, well, seen.

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