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CISCO’S contribution towards Environmental Sustainability

Companies may now minimize their carbon footprint seamlessly and practically thanks to technological advancements. Cisco Systems is well-known for developing such solutions.

The Silicon Valley tech behemoth has taken on the fastest-growing tech markets—the Internet of Things (IoT), domain security, and energy management—and transformed them into solutions that make sustainability affordable and straightforward for many developing businesses, including their own.

Cisco believes that bringing together passionate people, innovative ideas, and disruptive technology may greatly impact solving the world’s most important challenges. Cisco’s Conservation programme is an example of a successful wildlife conservation campaign made possible by shared enthusiasm, digital skills, and close collaboration between Cisco executives, key partners, and major environmental organizations.

In 2006, Cisco announced its first public goal towards helping the environment by reducing business air travel. Today, Cisco’s programs range from using renewable energy to managing minerals in its supply chain.

In 2019, Cisco realized a 49% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions. 83% of the energy needed for operations came from renewable sources – solar fields and wind farms. And one million metric tonnes of supply chain greenhouse gas emissions were avoided.

Cisco began purchasing renewable energy for use at its facilities around the world over 20 years ago. Today, Cisco’s U.S. facilities are 100% powered by renewable electricity. Cisco is also driven to make its operations more energy efficient – from replacing lighting with LED to eliminating unnecessary equipment in labs and data centres, thus reducing cooling and electrical demand. 

Cisco continues to set lofty goals for the future – many that are close to being realized. By 2022, Cisco aims to reduce global Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 60%. Also, by 2022, Cisco will undoubtedly exceed its goal of purchasing 85% of the energy needed for its global electricity demand from renewable sources. By 2030, Cisco seeks to have an absolute 30% reduction in its supply chain-related Scope 3 greenhouse emissions.

Cisco helps to influence policy all over the world to make electricity grids cleaner. By engaging with its customers, some of the biggest companies in the world, Cisco works to set renewable electricity targets and collectively drive for cleaner energy solutions.

Environmental sustainability is quite essential for the employees at CISCO, and they have an enormous impact. For example, the India Green Team recently transformed the facilities by eliminating single-use items like paper cups and plastic cutlery. The passion of Green Team employees got this initiative off the ground.

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Himanwita Mazumdar
Assistant Editor at Business Review Live. Currently pursuing Masters in Media and Communication Studies (MSc) from Savitribai Phule Pune University, India, with a Bachelors degree in English Literature. She specializes in Feature writing.