Step Up Declaration
 

the step up coalition

A new alliance dedicated to harnessing the power of the fourth industrial revolution to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions across all economic sectors and ensure a climate turning point by 2020.  

 

Please click the logos or scroll down to read through each company's unique commitment. This coalition will grow in the coming months, so stay tuned for more. 

 
 

 

akamai technologies

 
 

by 2020,

Akamai will reduce our greenhouse gas emissions below 2015 levels by procuring renewable energy to cover 50% of our global network operations including our supply chain data center operations.

We are achieving this by:

  1. Entering into renewable energy virtual power purchase agreements (vPPA) for new projects

  2. Collaborating with other corporate renewable energy buyers to aggregate our purchasing power

  3. Encouraging our data center suppliers to renewable energy-power their facilities

  4. Siting our network operations in regions with cleaner electricity grids, where we have siting flexibility

To date, Akamai has signed three vPPA’s, whose project generation is expected to represent 23% of projected global network energy consumption in 2020. Two of the projects involved a corporate-buyer aggregation collaboration with Apple, Etsy and Swiss Re.

 

As part of our data center supply chain initiative,

Akamai is a member of the Businesses for Social Responsibility’s Future of Internet Power working group and the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance.

In 2017, Akamai’s colocation data center supply chain procured renewable energy that equaled more than 10% of Akamai’s global network energy consumption.

 
 

 

arm

 
 

Arm designs the energy-efficient processors that are being used in our cities, homes and cars to optimize our use of power and help to reduce carbon emissions. There is great scope for our technology to play a major role in carbon reduction over the next decade as cities, transportation and homes become smarter.

 

Arm is committed to reducing our operational emissions,

we are therefore adopting science based targets and aim for a 50% reduction in emissions by 2025.

 
 

 

Autodesk

 
 

At Autodesk, our vision is to help people imagine, design, and make a better world.

Every industry we serve from manufacturing to construction is being disrupted and transformed. Meeting the needs of a growing population while making things with less negative impact is imperative for us, our customers, and society to prosper. To that end, we are committed to delivering technology and supporting customers with learning to help them improve:

  • Materials and energy productivity: Using materials and energy more efficiently—saving money while reducing waste and moving toward a low carbon economy.

  • Health and resilience: Creating products, buildings, and entire cities that foster healthy, resilient, and equitable communities.

  • Prosperity and work: Helping people adapt and thrive in the new era of automation— combining the unique capabilities of humans and machines to make better things together.

To support these efforts, as a business, we will:

  • Extend our 100% renewable electricity commitment from our buildings and cloud services to also include our customer's use of our products, and to do so in alignment with BSR’s Just Transition Pledge to support an healthy and prosperous low-carbon economy.

  • Offset all of our Autodesk University events so that our customers can share and learn how to make a better world with less negative impact.

  • Continue to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions in-line with our science-based target and through implementation of our internal price on carbon.

 
 

 

Bloomberg

 
 

BLOOMBERG OFFERS INNOVATIVE TOOLS TO MAKE ASSESSING AND DISCLOSING CARBON EMISSIONS EASIER.

The Terminal offers a Portfolio Carbon Footprinting Tool and the Carbon Tracker 2 Degree Scenario Analysis Tool. BloombergNEF, our industry research arm helps users generate opportunities by providing in-depth analysis of four core areas — clean energy, advanced transportation, commodities and emerging technologies. 

Through our work with organizations like the FSB Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), we are committed to creating a suite of products and services and helping to develop a market infrastructure that properly values sustainability in the investment decision making process.

In 2017, Bloomberg helped in the development of new climate-related financial disclosure recommendations to promote a smooth transition toward a lower-carbon economy. We’re now calling on businesses to join us in using them. As of September 2018, more than 420 companies, with a combined market capitalization of more than $7.8 trillion, have publicly expressed support for the TCFD recommendations. This includes over 210 financial institutions responsible for nearly $90 trillion in assets.

BLOOMBERG’S PRODUCT-RELATED MISSION 2020 COMMITMENTS:

BY 2020

  • Bloomberg will integrate climate risk and opportunity analytics across all financial products and asset classes, and expand sustainable finance capabilities into all major industry products and services.

  • Bloomberg will continue to aid companies in implementing the TCFD recommendations with a goal of 75% of Bloomberg Industry Classification Standards (BICS) 4000 companies in relevant sectors disclosing climate related information consistent with TCFD recommendations.

 

BLOOMBERG RE-AFFIRMS GOAL OF PROCURING 100% OF OUR ELECTRICITY FROM RENEWABLE SOURCES BY 2025.

We will continue to support and assist other companies in their renewable energy efforts and remain active within NGO organizations, like the Renewable Energy Buyers' Alliance, that assist companies seeking to meet their renewable energy targets.

As of August 2018 Bloomberg has signed Power Purchasing Agreements (PPA) to procure electricity from 4 off-site renewable energy projects. We also host 3 on-site projects.

Bloomberg will constantly investigate and deploy energy smart technologies within our operations.

In 2017 Bloomberg opened our new European Headquarters in London. The building achieved an ‘Outstanding’ rating against the BREEAM sustainability assessment method. Compared to a typical office building, the new Bloomberg building’s environmental strategies deliver a 73% saving in water consumption and a 35% saving in energy consumption and associated CO₂ emissions. Innovative power, lighting, water and ventilation systems account for the majority of energy and water savings.

Our datacenter in upstate New York participated in a beta program for the LEED New Construction Data Center program. It was certified LEED Gold and was the 2nd data center and the 17th project to achieve certification under V4. Bloomberg utilizes air containment, free cooling, variable speed drives on fans and temperature monitoring to enable us to reduce the amount of energy needed to cool the data center by 56%.

To date Bloomberg has 17 projects that have been certified LEED Platinum and 20 projects that have achieved LEED Gold.

BLOOMBERG’S OPERATIONS-RELATED MISSION 2020 COMMITMENTS:

BY 2020

  • 85% of employees to occupy an environmentally-certified space.

  • Bloomberg will formally verify that our emission reduction commitments reflect science-based requirements.

  • Bloomberg will commit to and integrate science-based targets. Bloomberg's current commitments to reduce its carbon emissions, including 20% emissions reduction by 2020 and RE100 by 2025, satisfy the reductions required by science-based targets for Bloomberg's sector (Service Buildings) set out in the Sectoral Decarbonization Approach.

 
 

 

BT

 
 

BY 2020,

buy 100% of our electricity worldwide from renewable sources, wherever markets allow.  We will continue to work with others, such as RE100 and WBCSD, to drive the creation of a global market for renewable power, engage with policymakers and governments to support policies in this area and share our knowledge and experience to encourage others to make the switch, for example through international fora, but also through employee, customer and supplier engagement campaigns.

By 2020,

help our customers reduce carbon emissions by at least three times the end-to-end carbon impact of our business. We will do this through our customers using our products and services which help them reduce their need for travel, reduces energy use and reduces amount of materials and manufacturing.  We are currently at a ratio of 2.2:1 and these services represent 22%, or £5.bn, of BT’s total revenues. These services represent 22%, or £5.bn, of BT’s total revenues.  In 2017/18, our products and services helped customers avoid at least 11.3 million tonnes of CO2e.

By 2030,

in line with our new 1.5 degree Celsius science-based target, cut our Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions intensity by 87% against a 2016/17 baseline and the carbon emissions associated with our supply chain by 29% in the same timeframe.

We will continue to roll out our pioneering contract clause which requires a supplier to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption over the term of their contract with BT.

 
 

 

Cisco systems

 
 

OUR PRODUCTS

Cisco is pleased to announce a new goal to improve large rack-mounted-equipment system power efficiency—as measured from the input power from the facility to the board-mounted ASICs, memory and other chip devices—from 77% to 87% by 2022 (FY2016 baseline)

 

OUR OPERATIONS

Cisco's third, five-year goal commits to reduce total Cisco Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions worldwide by 60% absolute by FY2022 (FY2007 baseline).  As of FY2017, we have reduced our Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions worldwide by more than 40% absolute (FY2007 baseline). We have also committed to use electricity generated from renewable sources for at least 85% of our global electricity by FY2022.  As of FY2017, we used renewable sources for 80% of our global electricity consumption.

 

OUR SUPPLY CHAIN

We are reducing the demand for carbon-intensive raw materials from oil and mineral extraction through our circular economy initiative.

We are reporting annually on the progress of our supply base—including final assembly partners, component suppliers, transportation providers and recycling companies—to implement the following five-step action plan:

1.  Report to CDP annually

2.  Make the CDP response publicly available

3.  Provide external assurance of their GHG emissions data collection, analysis and reporting

4.  Publicly announce a GHG emissions reduction goal

5.  Apply Cisco's five-step roadmap to their own suppliers

As of FY2017 more than 90% of our final assembly, transportation and recycling vendors, and almost 90% of our component suppliers—as measured by spend—report to CDP.  We have also committed to avoid 1 million metric tonne cumulative of supply chain GHG emissions by FY2020 (FY2012 baseline). As of the end of FY2017, we have avoided 712,000 metric tonne CO2e.

 
 

 

HP

 
 

HP recognizes that climate change is one of the most critical issues confronting the world today. At HP, we have always taken a holistic approach to reducing our climate impact across our value chain. We remain committed to accelerating our efforts by setting and achieving ambitious science-based targets, incenting our suppliers to set their own goals, delivering our most sustainable portfolio of products and solutions, and working with policy makers and other stakeholders to drive industry change. We aim to grow our business, not our footprint, and enable our customers to do the same. (www.hp.com/sustainableimpact).

 

Achieving continuous improvements in operations:

Over the past two years, we set and exceeded goals to cut our Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 25% by 2025 and use 40% renewable electricity in our global operations by 2020.

  • We are committed to setting a new science-based GHG emissions goal and meeting our commitment to use 100% renewable electricity in our operations

 

Driving a more sustainable supply chain:

We influence our suppliers’ practices by setting goals to reduce the GHG emissions intensity of our first-tier production suppliers and product transportation by 10% by 2025, help suppliers cut 2 million tonnes of CO2e emissions by 2025, and eliminate deforestation in HP paper and paper-based packaging by 2020.

  • We will incent suppliers through our supplier evaluation processes to adopt science-based GHG emissions reduction targets and verify their GHG emissions via third parties.

 

Building a portfolio that empowers our customers’ sustainability:

In 2017, we achieved a 33% decrease in GHG emissions intensity in our product portfolio, exceeding our goal of 25% by 2020.

  • We will continue to reduce the energy consumption and GHG emissions of our product portfolio and transform our entire business to drive a more efficient, circular and low-carbon economy. Through disruptive technologies, such as 3D printing, we will not only help drive a Fourth Industrial Revolution, but a sustainability revolution.

 
 

 

hewlett packard enterprise

 
 

HPE is working to reduce climate impacts across the IT industry’s shared supply chain.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) will enable 80% of manufacturing suppliers, by spend, to set science-based emissions reduction targets in their own operations by 2025, seeking to avoid 100 million tonnes of emissions.

HPE will support suppliers through capability-building programs that provide training on low-carbon strategies that eliminate barriers to participation and drive accountability. This puts the company on track to be the first in any industry to create customized science-based targets for suppliers.

HPE will minimize the cost, energy consumption, and facilities footprint of the next generation of IT by fundamentally rethinking computing architecture.

Improving the energy performance of IT infrastructure is critical to meeting the demands of the future. That’s why HPE has ambitiously committed to improving the energy performance of their product portfolio 30x by 2025. To achieve this goal, the company is rethinking the way systems are designed, powered, and utilized to maximize efficiency without sacrificing performance and scale.

In the company’s own operations, HPE is committed to sourcing 50% renewable electricity by 2025, and in FY2017 achieved a science-based GHG emissions reduction target of 25% seven years ahead of schedule (2015 baseline).

 
 

 

Ericsson

 
 

As a sustainability pioneer in the private sector, 

we have been both an advocate of climate action and investing in research and development of climate solutions.  We understand the urgency for action. We believe leveraging new technology, such as digitalization and 5G, will be fundamental to reduce carbon emissions by half every decade i.e. to meet the Carbon Law. 

  • We have developed a portfolio that is 50% more energy efficient than its predecessor and have set targets to reduce energy consumption with 35% until 2022 (in absolute terms vs. 2016 portfolio) that are approved as Science Based Targets.

  • We have cut our own absolute emissions by 50% (2012-2017) and have set targets to reduce another 35% until 2022 (vs. 2016 level) that are approved as Science Based Targets.

  • We stimulate build-up of a market for clean energy and already buy renewable energy in all countries where it is available (45% of current use) and will continue to request renewables from energy providers globally.

  • We will continue to enable decarbonization of the ICT sector as a main contributor to ongoing international standardization and by provisioning of peer reviewed research on emissions and energy data.

  • We will continue to contribute to reports such as “Exponential Climate Action Roadmap” to demonstrate how technology can be game changer in reduction of carbon emissions.

We have demonstrated solutions that help make it possible and now other companies and policy-makers must join the quest for an exponential growth in adoption of solutions that enable reduction of carbon emissions globally.

 
 

 

lyft

 
 

Our pledge is to immediately offset the carbon emissions from all rides globally.

This is an ongoing commitment, meaning that any Lyft ride from now on will be carbon neutral. Lyft’s investment and impact will continue to grow as the company does.

We know this action is not the full solution, but is a real step forward. By committing significant financial resources to these offsets, we’re building into our business a strong incentive to pursue shared rides and the displacement of gasoline-powered vehicles. The more shared rides and clean vehicles on the platform, the fewer carbon offsets we will need to purchase.

Lyft’s mission is to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation, and we’re constantly working to increase our positive impact on the world around us.

 
 

 

Nokia

 
 

at nokia, we are committed to: 

Decreasing our Greenhouse Gas emissions associated with our own operations by 41% and from product usage by 75% by 2030, compared to a 2014 baseline.

This commitment has been accepted by SBT- the Science Based Target initiative, which includes a process that sees our progress verified annually and reported in our sustainability report and in our CDP submission.

 

We continually work with our suppliers via CDP to minimize the GHG emissions associated with our supply chain activities.

We are continuously developing technology to improve our zero emission mobile base station offering, bringing in innovations to decrease energy use and emissions across our customers’ telecom networks. Our ultimate goal is to be part of a zero emission digital society.

 
 

 

salesforce

 
 

At Salesforce, we believe business is one of the greatest platforms for change. We are committed to doing our part to step up to the urgent challenge of climate change, ensure a just transition to a low carbon economy and provide a healthy future for all.

That’s why we are excited to announce the company’s own Step Up commitments which have the potential to catalyze the reduction of over 100 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, before 2030.

These commitments come on the heels of announcing our largest renewable energy agreement to date, which put Salesforce on track to achieve 100 percent renewable energy by 2022.

Supply Chain

By 2025, 50% of Salesforce suppliers (by emissions) to set emissions reduction targets

We’re most effective when we work together. That is why we’re committing to working with our vendors to set their own robust climate targets. As part of our commitment to science-based targets, by 2025, Salesforce will work with suppliers responsible for half of our total supplier-related emissions to set their own emissions reduction targets.

Sustainable Real Estate

After 2020, all major, new Salesforce office interiors will align with LEED Platinum v4 standards and pursue Net Zero Carbon certification

Our offices are a physical expression of our company’s values which is why we integrate green building practices throughout our real estate strategy, including office design, construction and operations. Salesforce has already achieved or is pursuing green building certification for 65 percent of its global office spaces.

As the next step in our sustainable built environment program, we plan for all new major Salesforce office spaces established after 2020 to align with LEED Platinum v4 standards, and pursue Net Zero Carbon Building certification through a focus on energy efficiency, impactful renewable energy procurement and the embodied carbon of building materials.

Best practices of the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco have influenced the Ohana Design Standard, which is implemented throughout Salesforce’s global operations and will continue to influence our green building direction. Salesforce Tower is LEED Core and Shell Platinum Certified and on track to be the highest-rated LEED v4 Platinum (Commercial Interiors) project in the United States. The Tower surpasses LEED energy performance requirements by 35 percent. Salesforce Tower will also feature an innovative Blackwater recycling system, which will save 7.8 million gallons of water a year. The system is the first of its kind in a commercial high-rise building in the U.S. and the first partnership in the U.S. between a city government, building owner and a tenant to support blackwater reuse in a commercial high-rise building.

Clean Energy

By 2022, achieve 100% Renewable Energy

Our long-term target is a 24/7 clean energy grid. In pursuit of this future, Salesforce set two interim targets to address the climate impacts of our own electricity use. We reached our first target in 2017, Net-Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions, by procuring carbon offsets for the emissions associated with our electricity use that we couldn't avoid, reduce, or offset with renewable energy purchases. Last fiscal year, we also made it halfway to our second target of 100% Renewable Energy.

Now we are committing to reach 100 percent renewable energy by 2022. Achieving this the impactful way means thinking about deliberate, lasting, long-term grid transformation. Learn about our clean energy strategy here.

Transportation

By 2020, expand internal price on carbon, offsetting 100% of business travel and employee commuting emissions

Decarbonizing the transportation sector is critical to combating climate change. We are expanding our Net-Zero and Carbon Neutral Cloud achievements to include business travel and employee commuting related emissions to drive investments in transportation emissions reductions. By 2020, any business travel and employee commuting related emissions that cannot be reduced will be offset.

Investing in Climate Impact

By 2022, $10M to invest in climate entrepreneurs and startups

The Salesforce Impact Fund launched in 2017 to catalyze the growth of companies who are building products and solutions to benefit society. Now we are excited to announce that over the next three years Salesforce will invest $10 million in climate entrepreneurs and startups building on the Salesforce platform and creating better access to clean energy, improving resource efficiency and increasing supply chain performance.

Water Leadership

Commit to We Mean Business’ Improve Water Security initiative

Responsible water management is fundamental to ensuring long-term resilience of the world’s most precious resource - water. Many of the areas we operate in are likely to experience increased water stress in the future because of the effects of climate change. That’s why we have focused on tracking, analyzing and reducing our water footprint across our operations. But the journey doesn’t stop there. By signing on to We Mean Business’ Improve Water Security pledge, Salesforce is committing the ongoing journey of responsible water management.

Advocacy & Collaboration

Lead geographies where we operate toward a just transition to a low carbon economy

Salesforce is committed to using our voice to advocate for policies which set the geographies we operate in on course for a just transition to a low carbon economy and limit global warming to 2 degrees or less above pre-industrial levels. This includes working to shift the physical supply of power for our operations to low carbon resources.

Salesforce is proud to add our voice to the following external efforts:

 ●     RE100

●      Net Zero by 2050

●      Step Up Declaration

●      World Green Building Council’s Net-Zero Buildings

●      Science Based Targets

●      Responsible Corporate Engagement in Climate Policy

●      Powering Past Coal Alliance

●      Paris Solutions Campaign

●      Task Force on Climate-related Disclosures

●      The Corporate Colocation and Cloud Buyers’ Principles

●      Improve Water Security

 
 

 

supermicro

 
 

Supermicro has developed a new metric - the total cost to the environment

IT leaders increasingly regard Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) as a measure of operational efficiency for their data centers. Supermicro challenges them to look more broadly at a new metric – the Total Cost to the Environment (TCE). There are two ways to measure and improve TCE: improved data center power efficiency and a drive towards elimination of e-waste. 

  • Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) – the ratio of total energy used by a data center facility to the energy delivered to the IT equipment – is a way data centers measure operational efficiency. The US Department of Energy indicates that today’s average data center PUE is approximately 1.6 due primarily to high efficiency hyperscale data centers, but according to IDC over two-thirds of US enterprise data center facilities have a PUE over 2.0. 

  • E-waste is created when data centers refresh their server, storage and networking equipment, which occurs on average every 3 to 5 years.  An estimated 20 to 50 million metric tonnes of e-waste is disposed of globally every year depositing heavy metals and other hazardous waste into our landfills.

With a focus on innovative technology advancements and data center Total Cost to the Environment (TCE), Supermicro urges industry leaders to incorporate disaggregated Resource-Saving solutions into their data center plans, with a goal to lower the average data center PUE to 1.30 and reduce their E-waste by 2025. The health of our environment, our planet, and our citizens may depend on it.

 
 

 

Symantec

 
 

In 2016, Symantec committed to reducing its scope 1 and 2 emissions by 30% over a 10 year period (FY16 to FY25 with a FY15 baseline).

We are pleased to share that we have met that goal 7 years early,

having achieved in just 3 years a 32% reduction through investments in energy conservation, more efficient use of space, and a move to cleaner sources of energy to power our offices, labs, and data centers. Building on our success to date, we have set a new goal to reduce our scope 1 and 2 and scope 3 fuel and energy related emissions by a further 30% over the next 15 years (FY18 to FY33).

Recognizing that we have already captured much of the low hanging fruit, we are working on multiple fronts to deliver additional meaningful reductions through a combination of energy efficiency, space consolidation and clean power sources.

We are collaborating with others to leverage our collective influence including through our membership of the Ceres BICEP coalition, BSR future of internet power, and RE buyers principles.

We have signed up to participate in the SBTI and look forward to announcing additional scope 3 supply chain and employee transportation goals in the near future.



As a leader in the cyber-security protection space,

we recognize that the smart, distributed grids that are driving the clean energy revolution are vulnerable to cyber-security breaches. We commit to deploying our resources to support the cyber-protection of smart grids and the distributed devices that they comprise and we will publish our plan for doing so by the end of 2019.

 
 

 

tech mahindra

 
 

Artificial intelligence has helped industries solve some of the most complex problems, and with the right tools and solutions, it can create an impact not just on the future of cities, but also on the future of the earth. We are committed to transforming the way AI is put into action at a grassroots level to protect, sustain, and nurture our cities and communities.

Tech Mahindra is creating the first ever global AI movement for climate via a new competition,

organized by GCAS and its associate companies that will deliver real solutions for climate action.

The competition will generate a movement for local good, where students from schools and colleges, universities and corporates will participate, collaborate & compete to create AI in action against climate change. The initiative will bring together some of the best minds from all walks of life to conceptualize and create AI solutions to solve climate change issues. Going beyond solutions, it will create awareness of AI and its uses for the betterment of our climate and sustainable future.

We will connect with global climate policy makers and associated organizations for potential AI opportunities. Tech Mahindra will source from the competition entries at least 10 demonstrable AI ideas/solutions for climate action, and ultimately choose one winning idea that can be transformed into a solution for the UN Secretary-General’s 2019 Summit.

In addition, Tech Mahindra commits to achieving carbon neutrality.

Tech Mahindra has adopted a “Science Based Target” to reduce carbon emissions by 50% by 2050, keeping the base year as 2015, in line with level of de-carbonization required to keep global temperature increase below 2°C compared to pre-industrial temperatures. This includes a goal to achieve a 15% reduction in Scope 1-2 GHG Emissions by 2020-21.

Tech Mahindra is committing to increase the source of renewable power

and with it, aim to catalyze further carbon emission reductions. This includes a goal to ensure that 10% of energy sources are renewables by 2020-21.

Waste management has emerged as one of the high priority issues for Tech Mahindra.

Recycling and composting are the main goals of our waste management plans. To deal with the ever-growing issue of e-waste, we have partnerships with government-approved vendors which offer more opportunities to safely dispose and recycle of used electronics. Moreover, we will be ensuring a 15% reduction in paper consumption by 2020-21, which reduces our paper waste.

Tech Mahindra ‘s supply chain engagement program including its business partners is aimed to improve the environmental performance on a collective basis. We are committed towards involvement of 95% of our key suppliers (based on top market spend) to our Supplier Sustainability Program by 2020-21

Tech Mahindra will become water positive:

Responsible water management is fundamental for companies to ensure long-term resilience and protect future profitability. This includes a commitment to secure a 5% reduction in per capita of fresh-water consumption kl/employee by 2020-21 and to install six rain water harvesting units to be installed by 2020-21


 
 

 

Uber

 
 

Uber will invest in technologies…

that reduce the carbon intensity of passenger miles on our mobility platform with the goal of driving our impact significantly below that of personal car travel; this includes investments in low carbon options, such as our ongoing electric vehicle initiatives in more than 20 cities across three continents, and expanding electric micro-mobility - like bikes and scooters - and pooled ride services in cities globally.

 
 
 

 

vigilent

 
 

BY 2025,

Vigilent and our partners will use AI to eliminate wasteful cooling in data centers and telecom facilities, cutting annual carbon emissions by 50 million metric tons.

Cooling accounts for about 40% of emissions from such facilities, and is extremely difficult to manage given the variability in heat generated by computer processing equipment. To avoid thermal risk, many facility operators use too much cooling, wasting huge amounts of energy and increasing carbon emissions.

By applying AI to this complex problem, Vigilent can dynamically deliver cooling when and where it’s needed, reducing thermal risk and energy spending, and minimizing the carbon footprint of each facility. Vigilent technology is already operating in over 600 data centers and telecom exchanges. When AI technology is fully deployed to optimize cooling on a global basis, we project that annual carbon emissions can be reduced by over 500 million tons.

 

WE ARE ALSO COMMITTED TO CARBON REDUCTION IN OTHER TYPES OF BUILDINGS,

including office, food processing, indoor agriculture, and pharmaceutical manufacturing. In the future, Vigilent will work with industrial partners in these sectors to deliver significant energy savings and environmental benefits.

 

 
 

 

VMware

 
 

At VMware, we recognize that all aspects of our business have an impact — from the products we create and the people we employ to our environmental footprint.

We are striving to have a net positive impact by putting back more than we take and involving all parts of our business in the challenge. We’ve set ambitious goals to scale our global impact, and we know that every action counts.

Our Global Impact Report illustrates our commitment to “leaving ahead” a better future by highlighting our progress in 2017 to drive environmental and social impact in support of our business and 2020 goals.

Here’s a snapshot of our commitments and accelerated progress:

  • In 2017, we reduced our carbon emissions intensity by 23 percent — surpassing our 10 percent target for the second consecutive year and demonstrating that growth can be decoupled from our footprint. We can do more with less.

  • We are committed to procuring renewable energy for all of our sites by 2020. In 2017, we reported being 77% of the way there, and have a roadmap to get us to 100%.

  • In 2017, we achieved carbon neutrality for our data center in Wenatchee, Washington and received third-party certification for it as a CarbonNeutral Data Center.

  • We’ve executed on our commitment to science-based targets and released our Scope 1 and 2 targets this year. Next year, we will complete our Scope 3 SBT and work toward SBTI approval for all three.

  • With the effects of climate change increasingly visible, we continue to expand our efforts beyond our walls to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon world. Working with our supply chain is a priority as we amplify business practices that are socially and environmentally responsible. Last year, we joined CDP’s Supply Chain initiative to support our suppliers in their sustainability goals and expand responsible choices with regard to procurement. This year, we requested CDP disclosure from our preferred suppliers and are working toward our goal of 50% of suppliers (by spend) disclosing to CDP.

  • We have and continue to be committed to innovating products and services that support our customers in reducing their IT infrastructure footprints – eliminating the need for hardware and therefore, power.

  • We will continue to measure the impact our products have on our customers, as we’ve done over the last three years. According to our commissioned study by IDC, our products have helped customers avoid over 1 billion MWh of cumulative power consumption. As a result of these improved efficiencies through virtualization technology, our products have cumulatively avoided over 540 million metric tons of carbon — equal to powering 68 percent of U.S. households for a year. The collective impact of our virtualization solutions is a true enabler for the future growth of IT.

We have and continue to be committed to innovating products and services that support our customers in reducing their IT infrastructure footprints – eliminating the need for additional resources and decoupling growth from harmful impacts.

The collective impact of our virtualization solutions is a true enabler for the future growth of IT.

 
 

 

wework

 
 

Together with our global community, WeWork is redefining the way we work, live, and learn. As globally conscious citizens, we believe that WeWork has a responsibility and an opportunity to be a forum for new ideas and a platform for action. Our approach to sustainability examines our impact on cities, communities, and our members through three key pillars: energy, materials, and health. 

We are just getting started and have made the following initial commitments:


Become fully carbon-neutral by 2023.

WeWork is committed to being fully carbon-neutral across our global operations no later than 2023. We believe in sustainable energy and as a global company with locations in more than 23 countries, we have an opportunity to explore new resources in places that will create the most impact.

Remove major single-use plastics from our buildings by the end of 2018.

WeWork is phasing out our use of disposable plastics in our daily operations by the end of this year. That includes cups, straws, utensils and more.

Meat-free commitment.

In July 2018, WeWork announced a commitment to be a meat-free organization, and we no longer serve meat at events or pay for meat in meals sponsored by the company.

 
 

 

workday

 
 

Workday will set an internal price on carbon emissions 

that will align its investments to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy and continue to provide its customers around the world with a carbon-neutral cloud.

 

In April 2016, Workday announced its goal to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2021

across its offices, data centers, and business travel. The company has made progress since then, achieving net-zero carbon emissions across all of its offices and data centers worldwide. This also means that Workday is providing thousands of customers with a carbon-neutral cloud.

 

Workday continues its commitment to power 100 percent of global operations with renewable electricity,

which it pledged to do in 2008. All of its data centers that run its cloud applications—in both the U.S. and Europe—are powered by 100 percent renewable electricity. Workday also continues to research strategic renewable energy investments such as on-site solar coupled with battery storage at its headquarters, while exploring innovative virtual power purchase agreements that provide clean energy to regional grids where the company has operations.


 
 

 

zoox

 
 

Zoox is developing technology to improve road safety and mobility and to reduce pollution in dense urban environments.

Given U.N. estimates that two-thirds of the world's population will live in mega-cities by 2050, these urban challenges must be addressed. 

To solve them, Zoox is building a fleet of fully autonomous, battery electric, zero-emission vehicles that are purpose-built and optimized for ridesharing in cities.

 

With a targeted commercial launch in 2020, the Zoox vehicle fleet will be 100% electric.

And while conventional cars sit idle for 96% of their lives, the Zoox fleet model means when you're not using a vehicle, someone else is — dramatically reducing the materials required to meet society’s transportation needs. To date, Zoox has received ~$800 million in capital investment from some of the world's most respected investors. Based in Foster City, CA, more than 500 Zoox employees are working to deliver safe, clean, and enjoyable mobility for the planet.