Sustainability

Sustainable Energy: Creating Business Value Powered by Sustainable IT

  According to the World Energy Outlook 2016 published by the International Energy Agency, the traditional energy champions like coal, oil will be replaced by new superheroes i.e. natural gas, wind and solar in the next 25 years. The Energy sector is already witnessing a great transformation with renewables’ becoming an important source of energy and more so competing for side by side with mainstream energy sources. Solar energy has …

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Sustainable Energy: Creating Business Value Powered by Sustainable IT

  According to the World Energy Outlook 2016 published by the International Energy Agency, the traditional energy champions like coal, oil will be replaced by new superheroes i.e. natural gas, wind and solar in the next 25 years. The Energy sector is already witnessing a great transformation with renewables’ becoming an important source of energy and more so competing for side by side with mainstream energy sources. Solar energy has …

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Digitization is crucial to reach the UN Global Goals

By Daniel Schmid, Chief Sustainability Officer, SAP SE Concern, hope, enthusiasm – this was the mixture of sentiments that I perceived during the World Economic Forum (WEF) Sustainable Development Impact Summit taking place in New York City on September 18 and 19. Over 700 leaders from over 70 countries took part; from government, business, international organizations, research centres and not-for profits. Panellists included Salesforce CEO Marc R. Benioff, Mars President …

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Downsizing: A radical solution to save planet Earth?

Alexander Payne’s social satire Downsizing, premiering September 11 at Toronto International Film Festival as part of Our Digital Future film series presented by SAP, will have you questioning your role in our crowded and unsustainable future. Right now, that future feels closer than ever. With Hurricane Harvey battering Texas on August 25 and Hurricane Irma following close behind, people are wondering if severe storms will become the ‘new normal’ because …

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Earth Day 2017: Sustainability as an Obligation and Opportunity for Global Leaders

We are nearly half a century removed from the first Earth Day celebration in 1970, yet the sentiment behind April 22nd has only grown since the Seventies. What began as a proposal by then-US Senator Gaylord Nelson for a day of nationwide teach-ins aimed at raising awareness for environmental issues would soon become a global movement honored by celebrating the livelihood of our planet’s complex ecosystems and, more importantly, by …

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Curitiba Cohorts Part 4: Foz do Iguaçu – Rainbows and Waterfalls

This weekend just gone, 11 of the 12 Curitiba Cohorts took a propeller plane to Foz do Iguacu, a small city about 600km west of Curitiba. As I stepped out of the plane at about 8.30am on Saturday morning, I immediately felt the welcome, almost tropical warmth that we had been missing so much in chilly Curitiba. We were taken by taxi from the airport to the gates of the …

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Curitiba Cohorts Part 3: Rio – The Gap Between Rich and Poor

Our first full week in Brazil went by in a flash and the Curitiba Cohorts have been working hard at their NGOs, talking to stakeholders, organizing Design Thinking workshops, and gathering information according to their respective Scopes of Work. Last weekend, we had the chance to have a complete change of scenery and spend two nights in Rio de Janeiro. Frank Hopfe, our tour guide (who I can highly recommend, …

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Innovating for a better future

Social entrepreneurship with SAP! How can technology empower communities and bring social good in areas such as entrepreneurship, sustainability, education and public services? That was the challenge proposed during the SAP InnoMarathon, an initiative at SAP Labs Latin America that is bringing together 18 different Social Startups that solve daily basic problems and improve life conditions of their communities. The competition started last month, when all startups gathered at SAP …

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‘My Way of Giving Something Back’

How an SAP delivery manager has used mangoes to help thousands of children in Burkina Faso get an education – and why they’re not the only ones learning from the experience Rimwaya Gustave Sawadogo – Gustave to his friends and colleagues – is no stranger to being in the news at SAP. Every spring for the past four years, he’s organized a project to import mangoes from his homeland Burkina …

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Curitiba Cohorts Part 2: Meeting the Students at ELO

Yesterday was the first full day for Pannie, Markus, and I on our assignment at ELO (http://www.site.eloapoio.org.br/) and our aim was to get a more comprehensive understanding of the set-up and processes taking place there. In order to understand the complete “student lifecycle”, we were invited in the morning to attend a session where about 60 students between the ages of 14 and 19 were being briefed before attending their …

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