SAP and EKOenergy: Partners for a renewable future

Thanks, SAP, for using EKOenergy

In a recent article on their website, the German multinational software company SAP explains why the company chooses EKOenergy-labelled renewable electricity: SAP and EKOenergy Partner for a Renewable Future.

We take the opportunity to thank SAP for their trust in our non-profit ecolabel and congratulate them on their progress in their journey towards sustainability.

SAP’s clear commitment to clean energy and environmental responsibility

SAP is committed to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). As a component of this commitment, they need to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 85% by 2050 compared to the base-year level of 2016. This commitment extends to emissions across its entire Scope 3 value chain, including products-in-use emissions at customer sites.

The company has been using 100% renewable electricity to power all its data centers and offices since 2014. In the years thereafter they have gradually chosen EKOenergy-labelled electricity, wherever it became available.

We’re proud that SAP is consistently choosing electricity with our internationally recognised EKOenergy label. This enduring partnership reflects SAP’s unwavering commitment to sustainable energy. Choosing EKOenergy-labelled renewable energy enables consumers to go the extra mile and make an additional positive impact.

EKOenergy supports the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainability lies at the heart of SAP’s strategy, with a keen focus on aligning existing initiatives with the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This was one of the aspects that brought them to EKOenergy too.

In an interview some years ago, Marcus Wagner, Global Environmental Manager at SAP explained: “EKOenergy supports our strategy to opt for 100% green electricity. We were convinced by the approach that, on the one hand, we receive an internationally recognised green electricity label. In addition, SAP supports the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and therefore welcomes the global effort to assure affordable and clean energy. EKOenergy is supporting this goal, because through SAP’s investment in the EKOenergy Climate Fund, we invest in new projects for climate protection and renewable energy.”

For more information on how EKOenergy contributes to the implementation of the SDGs, see also UN DESA’s publication SDG Good Practices: A compilation of success stories and lessons learned in SDG implementation, which showcases our ecolabel as a good practice.

EKOenergy label: A symbol of commitment and a tool for empowerment and communication

Thanks to users such as SAP, we continue our advocacy work to promote the use of renewables worldwide and finance small-scale renewable energy projects in low and middle-income countries.

Each sale of EKOenergy contributes 0.10 € per megawatt-hour to our Climate Fund, financing new renewable energy projects that empower local communities. These projects alleviate energy poverty and bring humanitarian benefits to off-grid areas of low and middle-income countries. EKOenergy’s contribution to such projects since 2015 has reached almost 3 million euros.

The EKOenergy label also serves as a communication tool to demonstrate companies’ commitments towards renewable energy. EKOenergy-labelled renewables come from power plants that are checked against our sustainability criteria, and our Secretariat annually audits all megawatt-hours carrying our ecolabel. Our expertise as an independent environmental NGO and our audits mean that consumers of EKOenergy-labelled energy can communicate about their choice with ease.

Discover EKOenergy’s work and stay connected

Would you like to learn more about users of EKOenergy-labelled renewables? You can check our user stories page.

If you are looking for ways to show your environmental commitment by switching to environmentally sustainable energy, you can contact us at any time.

Published: May 2023