These goals cover emissions from Oracle’s real estate and facilities, as well as Oracle Cloud.
reduction in emissions per unit of energy consumed
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.
These goals cover Oracle’s real estate and facilities only.
reduction in energy per dollar of revenue
target for renewable energy*
reduction in absolute emissions*
reduction in potable water consumption per square foot
reduction in waste to landfill per square foot
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.
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 2017, 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
Emissions reduction is a key component of our sustainability strategy. In 2017, 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
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.
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.
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.
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 FY18, we completed 15 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.
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