Oracle strives to minimize its energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
In 2004, Oracle was the first IT company to join the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Climate Leaders Program. Climate Leaders helps businesses develop comprehensive climate change strategies, set aggressive energy reduction goals, and apply stringent methods to track and report emissions. Fewer than 200 US companies have qualified for Climate Leaders membership, and only 10 of them are IT companies.
Upon joining Climate Leaders, Oracle committed to reducing energy use across our owned facilities in the US by 6 percent and to using at least 5 percent green power in our US datacenters by 2010. Considering that we had already reduced energy use at Oracle headquarters by 10 percent between 2000 and 2003, these goals were quite aggressive.
Even so, by 2009, we successfully reduced our energy use by 11 percent. We met our Climate Leaders goal one year ahead of schedule and were recognized by the EPA in 2010 as an Early Goal Achiever.
During this same year, we received the prestigious Technology Award from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers for introducing hot-air containment technology and variable airflow cooling in our Austin Data Center. This approach, now adopted by many other data center operators, significantly reduces energy consumption by preventing hot air recirculation.
Following these achievements, in 2010 we set out to reduce energy use across our leased facilities in addition to those we own. Further, because our employee base grew significantly in 2010, we began calculating our energy use per square foot and per employee, helping us better measure our success over time. The chart below summarizes Oracle's energy consumption in 2010 and 2011.
Oracle has reported its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by participating in the Carbon Disclosure Project since 2005. During the years covered by this report, we measured and reported Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions, using the following standard definitions:
Scope 3 GHG emissions are typically defined as indirect emissions from operations outside the direct control of the company, such as employee commutes, business travel, and supply chain operations. Oracle does not report on Scope 3 emissions.
Oracle uses renewable energy as appropriate to power its facilities. The chart below summarizes the percent of renewable energy we used in specific countries.
Every year since 2005, Oracle has been recognized as a Green Power Partner by the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Energy Efficiency at Oracle Headquarters