Carbon Accounting Revolution: BT Group and SAP’s Pioneering Collaboration

SAP SE and BT Group partner to pioneer carbon accounting standardization using SAP Sustainability Data Exchange (SDX).

 Enabling Carbon Data Collection and Sharing

SAP SDX enables BT Group to collect, trace, and share carbon data across its own supplier base, providing unparalleled visibility into the carbon footprint of its products and services. BT can then share this information directly with business customers when they purchase products through the SAP Business Network.

Furthermore, BT can complement this with data-driven insights from its Digital Carbon Calculator and Carbon Network Dashboard to help customers optimize their own IT for both carbon and energy.

Adherence to Carbon Data Interoperability Standards

Key to BT’s Group’s decision to select SAP SDX was its adherence to the carbon data interoperability standards set by the Partnership for Carbon Transparency (PACT), hosted by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

This means that global and UK business customers do not have to implement their own carbon accounting platforms to calculate, collate, and share emissions data. Instead, they simply request it through SAP SDX for their BT products and services.

BT Group Leads the Way in Standardizing Sustainability Reporting

BT Group is the first UK organization to adopt this process, sending a strong signal of intent to standardize sustainability reporting across global value chains, tackle Scope 3 emissions, and drive environmental progress.

This will also contribute to the delivery of the BT Group Manifesto pledge to help customers avoid 60 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions by 2030.

Collaboration and Data Access Fuel Progress

Sarwar Khan, Global Head of Digital Sustainability, Business, BT Group, said: “Typically, value chain emissions represent a greater proportion of a business’s carbon footprint than operational emissions.

“Tracking, measuring, and acting on these and bringing more suppliers and partners on the journey will not just accelerate net-zero targets, but set a new precedent for sustainability reporting. Collaboration fuels progress and access to data is fundamental to getting it right.”

Tackling the Lack of Standardization in Sustainability Reporting

“The lack of standardization in sustainability reporting has been a roadblock to progress for too long” commented Ryan Poggi, Managing Director of SAP UKI. “This creates confusion and an inability to validate real change.

“Our partnership with BT gives us an opportunity to refresh the guidelines and offers a blueprint for a universal standard in sustainability reporting. The aim is to create an environment for organizations to transparently tackle global challenges together.”

SAP SDX Merges Carbon Data with Financial Transactions

SAP SDX merges granular and accurate carbon data with financial transactions on the SAP Green Ledger.

It provides businesses with unmatched insights into their environmental footprint and standardizes how to communicate learnings and actions across value chains. In adopting SAP SDX, BT Group can request product-level carbon data from key suppliers, support smaller partners to calculate their carbon footprint, and securely share and standardize this information across its value chain.

To build scale, BT Group is working with key partner Cisco to deploy SDX to receive product carbon data for core network devices, simplify and secure data exchange with business customers backed by its global connectivity services, and boost traceability.