SAP has cut its global level of CO2 emissions from 505 kilotons in 2008 to 425 kilotons in 2009, equalling a cost-saving of around €90 million.

The business enterprise company had expected a reduction of just five percent last year. It said the reduction was achieved directly, without the application of offsets.

A detailed, audited report of the company’s achievements will be available in the SAP 2009 Sustainability Report in spring 2010.

SAP used its SAP Carbon Impact solution, implemented in early 2009, to analyse its carbon footprint, and plans to use it to provide quarterly carbon footprint reports in the future.

Martin McCann, head of sustainability for SAP UK and Ireland, said that Carbon Impact produced monthly reports on the company’s carbon emissions, enabling the company to act quickly on the findings.

Furthermore, the system analyses indirect emissions as well as direct carbon emissions, to give SAP a fuller view of its carbon footprint.

The reduction in CO2 emissions was also attributed to the decrease in business volumes as a result of the recession, but McCann added that other areas the company was focusing on to try and achieve further reductions included business travel, employee commuting and buildings energy management.

SAP’s company commitment involves a 51-percent reduction of its total greenhouse gas emissions from its 2007 baseline and involves direct emissions and indirect emissions such as business travel, which was 42 percent of SAP’s total footprint in 2007.

Last year, SAP appointed its first Chief Sustainability Officer, Peter Graf, to manage the commitment.

Meanwhile, the Fujitsu Group has a target of reducing its global carbon dioxide emissions by more than 15 million tons from fiscal year 2009 up to fiscal 2012.

In addition, last August, Tesco implemented the CA EcoSoftware monitoring platform to track and report on its carbon emissions.

This was part of its strategy for meeting its targets, set in 2007, of halving CO2 emissions by 2020, compared to 2006 figures. The supermarket chain is also attempting to halve the emissions in its distribution channel by 2012.