Earth Day: how can you help?

Concur takes Earth Day pretty seriously. Traveling can result in a bigger carbon footprint than average, too—did you know that hotels spend more than $7.5 billion on energy each year? In Concur Labs, we built a prototype “GreenGuest”, a mobile application that helps hotels and guests conserve energy by using sensors to measure electricity, temperature and water usage. Energy usage can then be compared (courtesy of a TripIt integration) and converted into a game where the visitor with the lowest usage wins back a portion of their hotel bill when they expense with Concur. See more. here.

With that in mind, we’re pleased to tell you that SAP and Concur, in recognition of Earth Day, are offering a three-week course that teaches participants how digitization drives sustainability. The new “Sustainability through Digital Transformation” course, which is free and open to the public, allows you to explore the opportunities digitization offers to further drive sustainability. The course shows how the power of technology can help companies become more successful and at the same time contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We’ll look at examples of how to leverage digital innovation to transform industry sectors, including health, mobility, financial services and education for the better.


Knowledge and reporting of how your individual and corporate actions affect the environment are the first step in making strides toward going green. For example, within Concur Travel, you may have the option to show the impact of your flights’ CO2 emissions, with the ability to report on the impact for your company overall. Leveraging this kind of data can have widespread, positive effects on not only the environment, but also your company’s policies and bottom line, including your employee satisfaction and retention.


The Cone Millennial Cause group, in their 2020 Workplace report, published research finding that 80% of a sample of 1,800 13-25 year olds wanted to work for a company that “cares about how it impacts and contributes to society.” While of 800 MBA students polled in a Stanford University survey, a large percentage were willing to forgo an average of 14 percent of their income to be employed by a company with a better environmental reputation. Going green matters in more ways than one.


So how can you celebrate Earth Day, every day? Here are some more ways to reduce your carbon footprint because every little bit counts:


  • If everyone banked online, greenhouse gas emissions would be cut by 2.1M tons.
  • If 1 million people reduced their trash by 10%, we would cut 600K tons of CO2 in the atmosphere per year.
  • If 1 million people switched to using reusable bags, we would eliminate the need for 1 billion plastic bags.
  • The average person uses 2,200 paper napkins/towels a year. Using cloth products instead reduces waste and emissions.
  • According to the EPA, 21% of all waste in the landfill is food waste, so limit the amount of food that goes bad by eating what you have first before buying more.
  • Try to buy products that are durable, reusable, or refillable instead of disposable products when you can. Consider the long-term cost of replacing a product.
  • Reducing your garbage output by 10% decreases carbon dioxide emissions by 1,200 pounds.

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