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On March 28, from 20.30h to 21.30h local time, more than 75 SAP locations will take part in the worldwide Earth Hour, the symbolic lights-off event organized annually by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

“Use your power to change climate change” is this year’s mantra of the worldwide Earth Hour, which aims to raise awareness about the environmental damage and the connected climate change. On March 28th on 20:30h local time, all lights will be shut off for one hour around the globe. This year, again, many SAP locations will be part of it!

Last year, sustainability champions from Canada, Germany, India, Spain, UK, Italy, Bulgaria, Dubai and the USA teamed up to organize the switch-off at sixteen SAP locations. Working closely together with their peers in Global Facility Management, as many lights as possible in the buildings, footpath and other SAP owned areas including the logos were shut down. “It is great to see so many joining in,” said Susanne, one of the initiators. Together with her fellow champions Volker and Urte, she convinced Walldorf to participate three years ago. Meanwhile, the global team has grown and many impressive pictures taken in (almost) complete darkness were shared.

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Susanne and Volker, who coordinate the effort across locations, are excited: “It’s been really cool to see so many colleagues unite for a good cause. We really hope even more will join in this year.” 75 locations have already agreed to go completely dark for one hour. The champions know that one hour alone on a Saturday will not put a dent in SAP’s energy consumption which was 930 gigawatt hours (GWh) in 2014 (details accessible via the recently published Integrated Report). The team’s goal is mainly to raise awareness amongst SAP colleagues to save energy in the office and at home. Quite a few already look forward to switching off their private lights and TV at home or organizing their private Earth Hour celebration with candlelight, family and friends.

Watch the Official Earth Hour 2015 Video (2:30 Min):

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