NHL and SAP have created a platform called NHL Venue Metrics, aiming to lessen carbon footprint and mitigate the impact of global climate change.

The league determined that its clubs’ venue operations comprise approximately 70% of the League’s overall carbon footprint, and tasked SAP to help find a technology solution that seeks to reduce its impact and protect the sport’s roots. 

The result was a data-driven platform that is available to all clubs and their arena partners to ‘transform’ and ultimately help to advance the sport’s environmental sustainability objectives.

“For years the NHL has been on a journey to embed sustainable business practices across the League and its member Clubs,” said NHL Vice President of Sustainable Infrastructure and Growth Initiatives, Omar Mitchell.

“The NHL Venue Metrics tool is a true game-changing innovation to help us understand our environmental impacts and create viable insights to improve our ecological impact.”

Research shows that more than 45% of CO2 emissions are due to electricity and heat production, therefore reducing the carbon footprint is one of the most effective ways to reduce global warming, the pair outlined.

“At SAP, one of our priorities is providing partners with sustainable technology solutions so they can track and incorporate feasible goals for their business,” added Amy Schulz, senior director of Global Sponsorships at SAP. 

“The NHL is a longstanding co-innovation partner of ours. With its cloud software foundation built on SAP BTP, we could not only develop a custom solution to meet its business objectives, but the solution will come at no cost to the clubs. It’s a huge step forward as the NHL looks to decrease its carbon footprint and improve sustainable efficiencies.”

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