Calculating Transport Footprints


After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Upload your source data for performing the transport footprint calculation

Calculations of Transport Footprints

SAP Sustainability Footprint Management helps you calculate transport emissions at scale by combining information from the ERP system with routing algorithms and pre-configured content. 

Connecting ERP data with preconfigured content.

The product comes with a large amount of pre-configured content and automations regarding routing information, vehicle use, and consumption.

Fore more Information, refer to the Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC) Framework at:

The product supports multi-modal milk runs that consist of transport chains with multi-stops, transport legs, and transport modes. It further supports round trips with individual pick-ups and deliveries.

Here it shows end-to-end and inter-modal transports (multiple legs with no constraints).

In the Calculate Transport Footprints app, you import transactional data into the system through semi-automated CSV files.

There are two different formats:

  • Shipment data
  • Stop data

After the import, the system matches the headers of the CSV file to the target data structure.

The calculation of inbound and outbound transport footprints relates to GHG Protocol Scope 3.4 (upstream transportation), Scope 3.9 (downstream transportation), and Scope 1 (Direct emissions related to company-owned vehicles). The calculation is currently possible by uploading CSV files. Those files must contain information about the start location, the end location, and the weight of the transport. If more detailed information is available, you can also enter this information.

To calculate the footprint results, the application calculates the respective distances and hence emissions. It either uses configured client-specific transport routes or an automated calculation logic based on the great circle distance. As soon as the application processes the data, the data is automatically validated. It provides detailed feedback on issues in the data (for example, incorrect postal codes).

You can adjust these issues to successfully trigger the calculation or improve the results. You can present valuable information to review if calculations are successful, if the right data is drawn (for example, the number of parcels and shipments), or if the correct scenario is selected.

Calculate Transport Footprints

Calculations of Transport Footprints - Lite

For calculating transport footprints without configuring and importing data, the Calculate Transport Footprints - Lite app allows you to perform fast calculations and assessments on the transport footprint of a single shipment. The impact of actions, for example switching the Transport Mode from Plane to Ship can be assessed and simulated. An input mask is provided to enter the data of the transport(s) that should be considered. The calculated results are visualized in a chart and table, the route is displayed on a world map.

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