Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) in SAP S/4HANA Cloud 2108
This blog provides you with the latest and greatest innovations that our SAP S/4HANA Cloud 2108 release has in store for you in the area of Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS). To name just a few highlights:
- Further analytical capabilities for the management of change requests and activities
- Support for indirect greenhouse gas emissions management
- Ability to capture information related to environmental releases
- Waste stream and channel management
- Management of waste transport documents
- … and more.
Analytical Capabilities for the Management of Change Requests and Activities
Management of Change is required when making changes that could affect the safety of a facility.
This can include changes in process, in used chemicals, in technology, equipment, and the number of employees involved in a process.
And of course, you use the Management of change for the review of all significant changes to ensure that an acceptable level of safety will be maintained after the change has been implemented.
Management of Change is part of the SAP S/4HANA Cloud delivery and is a highly flexible and fully auditable tool for requesting, monitoring and implementing changes.
You can use this SAP S/4HANA Cloud component to do the following:
- Let employees and contractors request changes easily.
- Streamline the change process and drive forward consistency.
- Provide workflow and status management to ensure task completion.
- Integrate with asset management and environment, health, and safety processes.
Best Practice Content: 4YX (Lean Management of Change Process).
With the 2108 release for SAP S/4HANA Cloud, we offer a Detailed Analysis using the Embedded Analytics and SAP Fiori features, allowing you to use the benefits of real-time operational data reporting directly in SAP S/4HANA Cloud, and push the limits of your analysis!
With these two new SAP Fiori apps (Change Requests – Detailed Analysis and Change Activities – Detailed Analysis), you can use graphical representations to get an overview and analyze data on change requests and activities that have been recorded in Management of Change. You can add several analysis steps to create an analysis path. With this analysis path, you can evaluate the data you need for information and reporting purposes.
You can use these apps to:
- View change requests by various criteria, such as status, plant, leading object, and persons involved.
- View change activities by various criteria, such as due date, status, and type.
- Navigate to the Manage Change Requests or Manage Change Activities app to view in detail a specific subset of change requests or activities.
These apps are built using Analysis Path Framework (APF). For more information on how to use an APF-based app, see Analytical Applications Based on APF.
Demo 1: Flexible management of change requests and activities (including audio).
Support for Indirect Greenhouse Gas Emissions Management
Greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide trap heat in the atmosphere and are leading causes of climate change.
With this feature, you can store and use emission factors for materials (for example, the amount of pollutant per produced material) and for chemical/physical properties (for example, scope 2 GHG emissions per one kw/h consumed electricity), and now with the 2108 release, you are able to manage factors for indirect emission (scope 2 and scope 3).
Just as a reminder:
- Scope 1: Direct emissions from production processes
- Scope 2: how corporations measure emissions from purchased or acquired electricity, steam, heat, and cooling
- Scope 3: The Corporate Value Chain, this means – Other indirect emissions
To learn more about this topic, see GHG Protocol http://ghgprotocol.org/
Enhancement to the Creation of Regulatory Lists
With this feature, you can store and use emission factors for materials (for example, the amount of pollutant per produced material) and for chemical/physical properties (for example, scope 2 GHG emissions per one kw/h consumed electricity).
You can use listed substances to define environmental data sets in the compliance scenario like data collection, calculation results, aggregation, and sampling data. You can also use listed substances when you maintain the composition data of a material (product) in your company.
To learn more about the Listed Substance see SAP Help Portal
Picture 1: Manage factors for indirect emission (scope 2 and scope 3) in a more usable way using emission factor regulatory lists.
Ability to Capture Information Related to Environmental Releases
With the SAP S/4HANA Cloud 2108 release, we are able now to capture information related to environmental releases. To do this we have enhanced the Incident Management process already delivered with SAP S/4HANA Cloud with new features.
Reminder: An incident is an unplanned, undesired event that adversely affects the completion of a task and/or endangers the safety of an employee or the environment.
The incident business object stores data that is specific to incidents, for example, information about the circumstances of an incident and the estimated risk of these circumstances causing further incidents in the future. In addition, this business object stores data that is specific to each incident category.
When reporting an incident, you can now with the 2108 release indicate if any material was released in the environment. You can specify the material that was released into the air, ground, or water, as well as the released amount. If such information is provided, the Release incident group is assigned to the incident. You can also assign the Release incident group to an already reported incident by choosing Change Classification in the Edit Incident app. In the Releases tab in the Edit Incident app, you can provide additional information about the environmental release, such as the description of the released material, the type and size of the release, and the cleanup responses. Additionally, you can create and edit material data and listed substances, if needed.
Demo 2: Capture Environmental Release related information (including audio).
Tracking the Financial Impact of Environmental Releases
You can track costs and income that are associated with an incident to enable your organization to understand both the immediate and long-term financial impact of the incident on the organization and its stakeholders. To do so, you add financial transaction data associated with the incident such as direct expenses, reimbursements, fines, benefits paid, and production losses on the Financial Tracking tab.
Waste Stream and Channel Management
In Waste Management, you need to create waste streams to define the relationship between a waste product and where it is produced and stored. A waste stream is the complete flow of waste, whether it is from domestic or industrial sources. Each waste stream represents the life cycle of waste from its source up until and including its eventual disposal. Recycling may be used to lessen the waste stream load as it moves down the line.
In other words: Waste streams define the relationship between a waste product, a waste generator, a storage location, and the point(s) of waste generation.
You can then create disposal channels to define how the waste product can be transported and disposed of.
- Disposal channels define how a waste product can be disposed of.
- Disposal channels define the relationship between a waste stream and transporters and disposers.
- Transporters and disposers are previously entered as waste partners and then assigned to a waste material using the My Transporters and Disposers – Waste Management
Picture 2: Create, search, and maintain waste streams and disposal channels to generate waste and then dispose of it using the “my waste streams and channels” app.
Management of Waste-Transport Documents
With this 2108 release, a user with the role of Environmental Manager assigned to a specific waste generator can create and edit waste transportation documents in the My Waste Transportation Documents app. You manage the data for the corresponding forms associated with the waste transportation documents which are required to document each step in the disposal chain.
With this SAP Fiori app, you can create, search, and edit waste transportation documents of different waste generators. You can use various filters to search for specific waste transportation documents and update their data.
Only a user with the role Environmental Manager (SAP_BR_EHS_ENV_MGMT) associated with a location, named waste generator in this app, can create and edit waste transportation documents.
Picture 3: Create and manage German waste-transport documents (Begleitschein) in the system.
Waste Transportation Documents
To dispose of generated waste, an Environmental Manager needs to create a legally compliant waste transportation document. The generated corresponding forms are required to document each step in the waste disposal chain.
To create a new waste transportation document, you need to have predefined a waste stream with a corresponding disposal channel in the app My Waste Streams.
SAP Fiori 3 update: further evolution with SAP S/4HANA Cloud 2108
With the SAP S/4HANA Cloud 2108 release, we introduce also updates in SAP Fiori 3 providing a great user experience, guiding first-time users with an SAP Fiori launchpad quick tour, providing a standard My Home space for users to personalize, and we made performance improvements.
Read this blog post from Thomas Reiss to show that we are keeping the momentum going with our evolution of SAP Fiori and the SAP user experience.
Thanks for reading this blog post. Stay tuned!
If you want to learn more and actively engage with SAP subject matter experts on SAP S/4HANA Cloud, join our SAP S/4HANA Cloud Customer Community. This platform which is available to SAP S/4HANA Cloud customers and partners has a clear mission: deliver an interactive community to engage with one another about best practices and product solutions.
For more information on SAP S/4HANA Cloud, check out the following links:
- SAP S/4HANA Cloud release info here
- Jan Gilg SAP News Center article here
- Sven Denecken’s SAP S/4HANA Cloud 2108 Release Blog
- Latest SAP S/4HANA Cloud Release Blogs here and previous release highlights here
- Product videos on our SAP S/4HANA Cloud and SAP S/4HANA YouTube playlist
- SAP S/4HANA PSCC Digital Enablement Wheel here
- Early Release Webinar Series here
- Inside SAP S/4HANA Podcast here
- openSAP Microlearnings for SAP S/4HANA here
- Best practices for SAP S/4HANA Cloud here
- SAP S/4HANA Cloud Community: here
- Feature Scope Description here
- What’s New here
- Help Portal Product Page here
- Implementation Portal here
Follow us via @SAP and #S4HANA, or myself via @VoglerChrist and LinkedIn