Taking Concrete Steps to a Sustainable Future

September 21, 2021 | 2 minute read
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Changes in our world’s climate are already sending red flags that the time for action is running short. We recognize the scale and urgency of the situation and I’m very proud that Oracle continues to build on our earlier goals to slash heat-trapping greenhouse emissions from our operations, data centers, and from among our suppliers.

A new report from the United Nations warns that the planet is on track to warm by more than 2.7 degrees Celsius by the end of the century. This level of crisis is why we’ve joined the UN-led Race to Zero and the Exponential Roadmap Initiative, an organization that has developed a scientific framework for helping companies, communities and entire countries meet this challenge.

Oracle’s goals are ambitious, specific, and – I’m proud to say – significant milestones towards halting or reversing climate change before it becomes truly irreversible.

In addition to pledging toward achieving carbon-neutrality at our own facilities, our work in this area also supports the carbon-reduction commitments of our customers and partners, as we continue to drive energy efficiency and increased renewable power usage at the data centers used to run the software they use to run their businesses.

However, this new goal challenges us to take a step further. In the words of Jon Chorley, Oracle’s Chief Sustainability Officer and Group Vice President, Supply Chain Management, “Joining the Exponential Roadmap Initiative and the UN Race to Zero will play a pivotal role in our mission to accelerate climate solutions. We are also going beyond our 2025 goals, and setting a target to reach net-zero GHG emissions across Scopes 1, 2 and 3 by 2050 and halve our global emissions by 50 percent by 2030.”

The UN-backed campaign is the largest global alliance of organizations committed to net zero emissions by 2050, and includes businesses, regions, cities, universities, and investors that have made this commitment.

Earlier this year, we made the following commitments:

  • Powering our global operations, both facilities and cloud, with 100% renewable energy by 2025.
  • Achieving 100% renewable energy use at all next-generation Oracle Cloud regions by 2025.
  • Continuing our efforts to reduce e-waste; in FY20, we collected 2.5 million pounds of retired hardware assets, of which 99.6% was either reused or recycled.
  • By 2025, we expect 100% of our key suppliers to have an environmental program in place.

At Oracle, we believe that sustainability is everybody’s business – not just people with the word “sustainability” in their titles. All of us – whether we are in Real Estate & Facilities, Supply Chain Operations, Global Procurement, or other divisions – have a role to play in helping us reduce our carbon footprint and ensure the viability of our planet for our children and their children. And it’s why we’re proud to help our customers work towards the same goal.

Rich Kroes

Global Vice President Sustainability 

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