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Join this free online course to learn about the challenges businesses face when it comes to climate action and how SAP Sustainability Footprint Management can help you tackle these challenges.

Self-paced since October 11, 2023
Language: English
Subtitles (auto-generated): Deutsch, English, Français, Español

Course information

Course Summary

Climate change is one of the most significant challenges facing the world today, and addressing it requires a coordinated effort from individuals, organizations, and governments. One way to do this is through climate action and carbon accounting. Climate action refers to the efforts taken to address climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and minimizing their impact on the environment. In this matter, carbon accounting is crucial in the fight against climate change, as it provides a way to monitor and measure greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon accounting involves quantifying the amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that are emitted into the atmosphere as a result of human activities. It is an essential part of climate action, as it helps to identify areas where emissions can be reduced and managed effectively.

In this course you’ll learn about the main challenges that businesses undergo regarding climate action. You’ll also learn what SAP's role is as a sustainability exemplar and as an enabler. And last, but not least, you’ll understand how SAP Sustainability Footprint Management helps businesses in measuring their carbon footprint to assist in their decarbonization objectives.

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Course Characteristics

Course Content

Week 1: Climate Action – The Challenge
Week 2: Climate Action – The Solutions
Week 3: SAP Sustainability Footprint Management in Detail
Week 4: Final Exam

Target Audience

  • Chief sustainability officers
  • Sustainability champions
  • Environmental compliance managers and engineers
  • Sustainability practitioners

Course Requirements

Understanding of carbon accounting methodologies

Course contents

  • Week 1:

    Climate Action – The Challenge
  • Week 2:

    Climate Action – The Solutions
  • Week 3:

    SAP Sustainability Footprint Management in Detail
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  • Final Exam:

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Course End
Oct 11, 2023
Course Start
Sep 12, 2023


This course was rated with 4.45 stars in average from 670 votes.

Certificate Requirements

  • Gain a Record of Achievement by earning at least 50% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments.
  • Gain a Confirmation of Participation by completing at least 50% of the course material.

Find out more in the certificate guidelines.

This course is offered by

Gunther Rothermel

Gunther Rothermel is senior vice president and head of SAP Sustainability Engineering. He helps businesses on their sustainability transformation journey with a new set of sustainability-related capabilities from SAP. Together with his team, Gunther delivers product innovations on sustainability addressing four dimensions: climate action, circular economy, social responsibility, and holistic steering and reporting. 

Agile development, DevOps, cloud engineering, and design-led innovation are integral to Gunther’s leadership approach.

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Claire Lauper

Claire Lauper is the head of Solutions and Engagement for SAP Sustainability. Her team defines and brings to market a holistic portfolio of solutions designed for businesses and impact.

Claire draws on her experience in finance, marketing, operations, presales, design thinking, change management, and innovation to help companies execute on their transition strategies. Her love for facts, science, and good design and her mindfulness practice are at the heart of her sustainability leadership.

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Tim van Kerkhof

Tim van Kerkhof is a product manager in the SAP Sustainability Engineering organization. He is responsible for SAP Sustainability Data Exchange, defining the product and enabling customers to manage and exchange supply chain sustainability-relevant data.

Tim has a lot of experience in consultancy and customer projects in different areas, with his professional background focussing on logistics, sustainability, and innovation. Lately, he has been involved in the project know as CATENA-X, where SAP is one of the main contributors in creating a state of the art automotive-based network. Here, his focus is on exchanging carbon-related information.

Daniel Schmid

SAP’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Daniel Schmid, has been globally responsible for sustainability at SAP SE since 2014.

Daniel started his career in IT consulting and held various senior management positions within SAP Consulting. He then joined the sustainability leadership team, established in 2009 to start SAP’s sustainability journey, and lead the Sustainability Operations team.  

Daniel holds a degree in industrial engineering from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. He is chair of the board of econsense, a forum for the sustainable development of German business.

Julia Sabrowski

Julia Sabrowski is a solution manager for the climate action solutions within SAP Sustainability. She is part of the Solution and Engagement team that defines and brings to market a holistic portfolio of solutions designed for businesses and impact.

Julia draws on her experience combining 6 years in strategy and innovation consulting with working in a carbon accounting SaaS startup. She sees sustainability as a transformation effort that will affect businesses and society as a whole. Emphasizing the multi-stakeholder facet of managing the climate crisis, Julia brings different stakeholders together to create holistic solutions.

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Carlos Portillo

Carlos Portillo has worked for SAP for over 14 years and is currently the SAP global solution manager for Design to Operate as well as SAP Sustainability Footprint Management.

Carlos has a great deal of experience in supply chain, manufacturing, and sustainability. In his current role, he is responsible for defining the Design to Operate and SAP Sustainability Footprint Management go-to-market strategies and value propositions that will help companies achieve risk-resilient and sustainable supply chain operations.

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Jorrit Zuidema

Jorrit Zuidema is team lead of the Sustainability Methodology team in the SAP Sustainability Engineering organization and responsible for implementing sustainability methodologies in SAP’s sustainability products. Jorrit joined SAP in 2023 and has a strong background in sustainability consultancy and climate-tech solutions. In his previous roles, he worked on carbon footprinting, lifecycle assessments, and circular economy.

At SAP, Jorrit leads a team of highly experienced subject-matter experts that provides solid and foundational sustainability expertise to all the relevant business units.

Theresa Weiss

Theresa Weiss works as a business process consultant for SAP's sustainability solutions. 

Her focus is on enabling SAP’s customers to calculate their corporate and product carbon footprints using SAP Sustainability Footprint Management. 

With a professional background in carbon accounting, customer success and project management in the SaaS field, Theresa is excited to support customers on their journey towards zero emissions, zero waste, and zero inequality.

Nico Wottke

Nico Wottke is a senior product manager in the SAP Sustainability Engineering organization. He is responsible for SAP Sustainability Footprint Management, defining the product and enabling customers to calculate and reduce their carbon footprint.

Nico is a conference speaker and active blogger, emphasizing SAP’s innovations for climate action. He engages with customers around the globe to support them on their carbon accounting journey.

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Natalie Gahre

Natalie Gahre is a product manager in the SAP Sustainability Engineering organization. She leads customer co-innovation and engagements for SAP Sustainability Footprint Management, shaping the future of sustainability solutions and enabling businesses to take climate action.

Natalie works globally with various stakeholders across sectors, industries, and organizations, connecting her career with her passion for collaboration and sustainability innovations.

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