By Sam Mitchell, Global Sustainability Manager
In 2018, Oracle’s cloud energy consumption increased 4% to 404 gigawatt hours (GWh) compared to 390 GWh in 2017. Even with the growth in Oracle’s electricity consumption, we were still able to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels by roughly 70%. As we continue to grow our network globally, we will continue to ensure we are leveraging renewable energy solutions from our suppliers. Oracle’s energy mix in 2018 was 32% fossil fuel, 6% nuclear, and 62% renewable energy.
In addition to the increase in renewable energy, in 2018 the carbon footprint of Oracle Cloud was reduced by 68,878 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MT CO2e). This is like removing roughly 14,500 cars from the road for a year. The decrease is primarily attributed to Oracle’s pressure on our suppliers to adopt more sustainable practices, including sourcing renewable electricity to power the data centers we lease. Currently, Oracle has 94 leased data centers that use 100% renewable energy.
The efforts to reduce our carbon emissions continue as we work to meet Oracle’s corporate 2025 goals to reduce absolute emissions by 26% (in line with science-based targets) and to reduce the emissions per unit of energy used by 55%. These are both measured against a 2015 baseline. In addition to contributing to our corporate goals, we are also working on expanding the metrics we report publicly to our customers, regulators, and employees.
You can read more about our Clean Cloud and Circular Cloud initiatives.