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Achieving Operational Excellence

Sustainability Goals

Target Year: 2025

These goals cover emissions from Oracle’s real estate and facilities, as well as Oracle Cloud.

  • 55%

    reduction in emissions per unit of energy consumed

  • 26%

    reduction in absolute emissions

All goals are measured against a 2015 baseline. Energy, emissions, and renewable goals apply to Scope 1 and Scope 2. Renewable energy measured against total electricity consumption. Water and waste goals measured for owned facilities and owned data centers. 2020 goals do not account for Oracle Cloud data centers. 2025 goals do account for Oracle Cloud data centers.

Target Year: 2020

These goals cover Oracle’s real estate and facilities only.

  • 20%

    reduction in energy per dollar of revenue

  • 33%

    target for renewable energy*

  • 20%

    reduction in absolute emissions*

  • 25%

    reduction in potable water consumption per square foot

  • 25%

    reduction in waste to landfill per square foot

*Goal achieved

Resource Management

As a global company with more than 25 million square feet in our operational control, we recognize that how we manage our use of natural resources can have a huge impact. We are always looking for ways to maximize energy efficiency, reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, and minimize water consumption and waste generation across our operations, including how we run Oracle Cloud.


renewable energy use at 58 Oracle offices around the world
31,000 metric tons
of carbon dioxide equivalent avoided and millions of dollars saved as a result of emissions reduction initiatives in 2018
decrease in total Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions from 2017 to 2018


Our approach to energy management includes a commitment to maximize efficiency and increase renewable energy use across our facilities. We regularly evaluate our energy procurement options to minimize our carbon footprint.

We manage our facilities to the highest industry standards and are proud to have been recognized for our highly efficient, environmentally friendly buildings and operations. In 2018, Oracle owned 29 buildings globally that were awarded ENERGY STAR certifications, 26 that received BOMA certifications, and 5 that were LEED-certified.

Learn about our investment in renewables Learn about sustainability in Oracle Cloud
  • Total electricity use by business function (2018)
  • Goal achieved: 33% renewable energy use in 2017
  • Goal: 20% reduction in energy per dollar of revenue

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Emissions reduction is a key component of our sustainability strategy. In 2018, we reduced our carbon footprint by 8 percent over the previous year—the result of increased renewable energy use, improved energy efficiency, and a variety of other emissions reduction initiatives across our operations.

Since 2016, Oracle has been conducting dual emissions reporting, using two methodologies developed by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. The location-based method leverages grid-average emissions factors, and the market-based method leverages supplier-specific emissions factors, accounting for companies’ energy purchasing decisions.

Learn more about our emissions targets and reduction efforts (PDF) Learn more about the Greenhouse Gas Protocol guidance
  • Total Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions
  • Goal achieved: 20% reduction in absolute emissions
  • Total Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by business function (2018)


Water conservation is a top priority for Oracle. By leveraging a variety of water-saving strategies across our facilities and data centers—including rainwater harvesting, xeriscape gardening, and condensate reclaiming—we have achieved a consistent year-over-year reduction in our total water use against a 2015 baseline.

  • Potable water use at owned facilities
  • Goal: 25% reduction in potable water use per square foot


We continue to raise the bar around waste management. In 2017, we reduced the total waste generated at our facilities by 6 percent over the previous year. This progress can be largely attributed to our robust waste management program, which includes recycling and composting at our offices and raising employee awareness about responsible waste disposal.

  • Waste sent to landfill at owned facilities
  • Goal: 25% reduction in waste to landfill per square foot

Responsible Sourcing


of the standard laptops we purchase are ENERGY STAR and EPEAT certified
of Oracle’s technology recyclers are ISO 14001 certified
80% or more
of Oracle’s direct manufacturing spend is associated with suppliers who have energy or carbon reduction goals in place
3 million pounds
of retired customer hardware assets were collected for recycling or reuse in FY19
300,000 pounds
of technology assets retired from internal use were collected for recycling or reuse in FY19


We keep the environment in mind as we design and develop our hardware products, giving careful consideration to energy efficiency, product serviceability, recyclability, upgradability, material conservation, and the management of hazardous materials.


We continuously work to eliminate or minimize waste generated in our global manufacturing operations, and to ensure that any such waste is disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner. Oracle’s Environment, Health, and Safety Management System (EHSMS) and programs promote a safe, healthy, and environmentally compliant workplace.


We recognize that our purchasing decisions can have a significant social and environmental impact. Oracle’s Supplier Code of Ethics and Business Conduct requires our suppliers to observe the law and conduct business in an ethical and responsible manner. We also have a robust program to manage our IT assets, including the recovery and recycling of office equipment and phones at the end of their useful life.


We work closely with our logistics partners to minimize shipments, maximize consolidation, and take sustainability into account when selecting among modes of transportation.

Supplier engagement

As a member of the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), Oracle manages and monitors our direct hardware supply chain in accordance with the RBA Code of Conduct. In FY19, we completed 10 audits based on the RBA Code of Conduct at direct hardware supplier factory locations. Each year, we engage with our strategic suppliers to report data on their carbon, water, and waste footprints via the RBA platform, a process that helps us evaluate and manage potential risks in our supply chain. Oracle is also an active member of the RBA Environmental Sustainability working group, helping develop strategies and tools to improve environmental impact measurement, drive resource efficiency, and build industry capacity and performance.

Sustainable Events

Oracle leads the way in designing sustainable world-class events for customers, partners, developers, and employees. Oracle is also a founding signatory to the Principles for Sustainable Events.

Oracle OpenWorld—our largest annual customer technology conference—follows a process based on ISO 20121:2012 event sustainability management systems. Oracle creates event sustainability action plans that prioritize the four event sustainability goals:


Goal #1
Waste Not

Promote zero waste


Goal #2
Be Cooler

Model carbon reduction and responsibility for corporate events


Goal #3
Give Back

Catalyze legacies to benefit host destinations


Goal #4
Have Fun

Inspire attendees through engaging sustainability experiences

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