Thursday Mar 05, 2015

Oracle OpenWorld Prioritizes Sustainability

By Elena Avesani, Principal Product Strategy Manager, Oracle

Since 2008, Oracle leads the way in designing sustainable world-class events for customers, partners, developers, and employees. Its flagship events, Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne, continuously implement innovative practices that reduce negative impacts on the environment and create community benefits. In 2013 Oracle adopted a five-year sustainability plan based on these principles:

  1. Waste not: produce zero waste to landfill by 2018.
  2. Be “cool”er: model carbon reduction and responsibility for corporate events.
  3. Give back: catalyze legacies to benefit the host destination and the event industry.
  4. Have fun: inspire attendees through engaging sustainability experiences.

Oracle is working to continuously improve Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne in ways that reduce negative impacts and create community benefits. Some of the top sustainability wins include:

· JAVAONE DEVOXX4KIDS: Oracle, Oracle Academy and Devoxx4Kids hosted this fun, one-day event which engaged 150 youth in learning more about programming, robotics and engineering.

· MOSCONE PILOT WASTE SORT: Two additional waste sorting stations at Moscone Center helped address waste contamination issues revealed in the 2013 event waste audit.

· EARTH-SMART MENU CHOICES: New steps in 2014 included more vegetarian meals, lower-footprint protein choices and the use of “imperfectly delicious” produce.

· APPRECIATION EVENT: 86% of waste from Oracle’s customer party was diverted from landfill, down from a high of 91% in 2012. In spite of lower diversion, waste was 10.9 metric tons less in 2014 than 2012. Generator fuel use for this event also dropped by 15% since 2013.

For more information read the Oracle OpenWorld Event Sustainability Report here

Thursday Jan 17, 2013

Sustainable Progress in the Corporate World

By Jon Chorley, Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President of SCM Product Strategy, Oracle

At the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Doha in November 2012, the consensus was that it’s time to take action.

In his address to environmental ministers and climate officials from nearly 200 countries, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon summed it up by stating that “the abnormal is the new normal” and he highlighted events such as the flooding in Manhattan and Beijing, to the ice caps melting, permafrost thawing and sea levels rising.

But another aspect of this “new normal” is that business and the market are responding to the challenge. The green economy for example, which can be measured by looking at green jobs, green markets and investment in green industries, is showing genuine signs of momentum.  An article from Steven Cohen, Executive Director, Columbia University's Earth Institute, in the Huffington Post does a great job of capturing the progress made.

There are also signs that businesses are increasing their commitment to sustainability. A new report by Calvert Investments, Ceres and World Wildlife Fund demonstrates the dramatic progress that has been made over last three years. The report, “Power Forward: Why the World’s Largest Companies are Investing in Renewable Energy,” showed that a majority of Fortune 100 companies have set a renewable energy commitment, a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction commitment or both. Additional findings included:

  • 56% of Fortune 100 and Global 100 companies have set GHG reduction goals.
  • Of those, 13% have set specific goals for renewable energy use, with others using renewable energy to meet their GHG goals.
  • Many companies are shifting from purchasing short-term, temporary Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) to longer-term investment strategies like Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) and on-site projects, indicating a long-term commitment to renewable energy and reaping the benefits of reduced price volatility.

And of course technology will play a critical role in helping businesses act on sustainability goals and objectives. That’s why we continue to expand our sustainability solutions at Oracle and why we recently introduced a waste management solution for the Oracle E-Business Suite. Waste management issues are becoming an increasingly crucial part of environmental sustainability and we see it as one more way Oracle is helping businesses hit sustainability goals. It’s exciting to be part of the progress being made in the green economy and sustainability and we are looking forward to continuing that work this year.

Thursday Oct 25, 2012

Product News: Oracle Unveils a Waste Management Solution for the Oracle E-Business Suite

Oracle recently announced a new product to help organizations reduce the cost and compliance with international hazmat (short for hazardous materials) and recycling and environmental protection laws. This new waste management solution for Oracle E-Business Suite extends the capabilities of  Oracle Depot Repair, Oracle Transportation Management and Oracle Global Trade Management. It automates and monitors waste management processes to help ensure that hazardous materials are tracked and handled in accordance with regulatory requirements. Oracle’s waste management solution for the Oracle E-Business Suite leverages Oracle Transportation Management and Oracle Global Trade Management, enabling customers to view in-transit inventory across the extended supply chain, while also providing a single repository for all legal, regulatory and compliance related information. Read here for more information.

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