Cisco recently announced that they will reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by the year 2012. Jim Sullivan, director, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Climate Leaders program quotes, “Looking at the high-tech industry in general, data center energy use is rapidly increasing – consuming 61 billion kWh in 2006 and projected to increase to 100 billion kWh in 2011”.
How are they going to do this? They are going to focus on their current technologies such as TelePresence and WebEx suite tools. These programs will eliminate the need for so much travel thereby reducing gas emissions. Another thing that Cisco is doing is in the area of their employees’ work place. Instead of individual cubicles, Cisco has fostered a more open layout utilizing their Technologies of Cisco IP Communicator among others.
For more information on this office design study, please see Office Design Case Study: How Cisco Designed the Collaborative Connected Workplace Environment.
Cisco hopes that the benefits of this green concept will flow into other companies. As the gas emissions decrease, so will energy reduce thereby adding to shareholders value.
For the complete story on how Cisco pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, please see The Innovative Power of the Network: Helping Transform How the World Tackles Environmental Challenges.