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Cisco Systems, Inc.
Location San Jose, CA
Organization Type Technology & Telecom
Annual Green Power Usage (kWh) 485,006,355
Percentage Green Power 44%
Percent of Green Power Use Third-Party Certified (excluding On-site) 100%
Organization-wide Partner Yes
Partner's Reporting Period 8/1/2013 - 7/31/2014
Latest Annual Report Received On 12/8/2014
Awards/Recognition Partner of the Year 2008, Partner of the Year 2013
Environmental Web Page exit EPA
Partner Profile
Founded in 1984, Cisco Systems, Inc. is a worldwide leader in networking with a mission to transform how people connect, communicate and collaborate. The company seeks to build environmental sustainability into each of its business functions and processes. The use of green power plays an important role in doing so and in reducing Cisco’s environmental footprint.

Electricity represents more than 85 percent of Cisco’s Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and as a result, green power is instrumental to the company’s GHG management strategy. In 2014, Cisco used approximately 485 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of green power for its U.S. operations, amounting to over 43 percent of the company’s U.S. electricity consumption. Cisco also recently announced a new set of environmental sustainability targets, one of which is to reduce its scope 1 and 2 emissions by 40 percent on an absolute basis by FY2017 compared to FY2007. Another target is to use electricity from renewable sources for at least 25% of global electricity consumed every year through FY2017.

Cisco’s global presence enables it to play an important role in promoting green power and environmental sustainability within the IT industry. Through its environmental sustainability strategy, the company is able to lead by example by reducing GHG emissions throughout its own operations, and by encouraging its vendors, business partners, and supply chain to do the same. Cisco reports to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and has succeeded in getting between 80 and 100 percent of its primary suppliers (depending on type) to report to the CDP. Cisco now also asks suppliers to report how much green power they use in its Supplier Business Scorecard.

Going forward, Cisco will continue to communicate the meaningful role that green power plays in its sustainability strategy as well as within the IT industry at large. The company is also building employee enthusiasm and momentum for green power by leveraging its “Cisco Green” online community to disseminate information and identify sustainability champions within the organization. Cisco also plans to highlight its green power use to industry peers and stakeholders through its Corporate Sustainability Reports and by setting and publicizing meaningful green power commitments. Cisco Systems, Inc. received the EPA Green Power Partner of the Year Award in 2008 and 2013.


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