Why we should care about Product Carbon Footprints
The production of nearly every product and even the use of a specific product causes a carbon footprint. Your company should monitor these carbon footprint for all of your products. This monitoring offers the possibility to optimize your product life cycles to decrease the amount of created greenhouse gas emissions. That is where SAP Product Footprint Management comes up. With SAP Product Footprint Management you can monitor and manage your carbon footprints. Based on these insights you are able to optimize your greenhouse gas emission while your product life cycles.
SAP Product Footprint Management: Overview
Learn more about SAP Product Footprint Management here: https://www.sap.com/products/product-footprint-management.html#:~:text=SAP%20Product%20Footprint%20Management%20is,internal%20product%20and%20process%20optimization. You can also watch this short overview video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtMaubgYT_0
SAP Product Footprint Management: Analyze Carbon Footprint
After having collected business data and relevant emission factors the foundation is laid for the calculation of the footprints. SAP Product Footprint Management offers a preconfigured calculation template to define the scope you want to include in the calculation. The template selects a subset of business activity data needed for the calculation run. For material acquisition, this data includes quantity of purchased materials from suppliers, stock transfers from other plants, and purchased materials consumed in manufactured products for the period. The products are then associated with the emission factors from the LCI database to enable bottom-up footprint calculation. This association is done via preshipped templates of mapping tables, which can be configured by sustainability experts allowing them to determine the best match of business data and emission factors based on material, supplier, country, and material commodity code characteristics.
After successfully run the calculation, the Monitor Footprints application lets you view the calculated footprint results. The footprint results are displayed per product type, per unit, and in total and are broken down on different granularity levels like, for example, suppliers of purchased materials. Moreover, a consistent monthly average is calculated automatically. You can as well compare the footprints across the periods so that you can observe trends. To make the footprints available in SAP S/4HANA Cloud or to SAP S/4HANA, this application also let you publish the footprints to these business systems.
Read more about SAP Product Footprint Management in the official product documentation here: https://help.sap.com/docs/SAP_BTP_PFM?locale=en-US