We continue to pursue our own sustainability activities by gathering knowledge and forming strategic alliances in an effort to minimize our environmental footprint and, in many cases, reduce costs. Here are some of the ways we improve the efficiency of our own operations.
Renewable Energy: We are dedicated to reducing our carbon footprint and advancing renewable energy technologies. 17% of the electricity we purchase globally is from renewable sources and we have established a goal of sourcing 25% of our electricity consumption from renewable sources by 2015.
CA Technologies has contracted with utilities to receive renewable electricity at the following facilities:
- Darmstadt, Germany – 100% wind
- Sydney and Melbourne, Australia – 30% renewable mix
- Hyderabad, India – solar–powered security fence
- Framingham, Massachusetts, U.S. – 100% wind
In 2012, our use of renewable energy decreased slightly due to changes in our facilities portfolio. We are investigating expanding the use of solar energy at our Hyderabad, India facility.
Information Technology: We have several ongoing initiatives to reduce our energy consumption and overall carbon footprint. We have implemented server consolidation in our data centers, which allows us to combine several underutilized physical servers into one. This reduces our power, software and hardware maintenance costs. At the same time, we have implemented server virtualization technology to enable rapid provisioning of logical servers that run on one physical server. These practices also reduce our power and hardware maintenance costs. On the desktop, we have used our asset management solution to configure power management settings to turn off monitors and spin down hard drives after a period of inactivity. This saves energy and prolongs the life of the monitors and disk drives. And we’re partnering with CA Facilities to look into additional ways of reducing power consumption, such as more energy-efficient cooling and UPS (uninterruptible power supply) systems.
Stakeholder Engagement on energy: We held our first external stakeholder meeting with Ceres in March 2012, providing expertise and insights on evolving sustainability at CA Technologies. One outcome of this meeting was our decision to join BICEP, the policy arm of Ceres. To learn more, please go to Stakeholder Engagement.
We launched CA Sustain in North America in May 2012 and globally in February 2013. This platform utilizes gamification and social media to encourage employees to take sustainable actions. It is science-based and uses complex algorithms to compute the environmental benefits of actions such as energy and water savings, carbon footprint reductions and cost savings.
GHG emissions: We have reduced our own GHG emissions by 25% since 2006, keeping us on track to meet our GHG reduction goal of 35% by 2020. In 2012, GHG emissions were flat compared with 2011, primarily due to a lab consolidation effort that required additional computer equipment.
Since 2006, CA Technologies sustainability efforts have saved 23,615 metric tons of CO2e, the equivalent of annual GHG emissions from 4,924 passenger vehicles.
Strategic alliances with business partners
We have formed strategic alliances with a number of leading organizations, including:
- Cisco: uses CA DCIM as an enabling technology to discover network devices and benchmark energy consumption of those devices as part of a network audit.
- Deloitte: helps customers identify effective sustainability practices and new ways to address challenges.
- Jones Lang LaSalle: provides energy-efficient approaches to real estate.
- Capgemini: delivers a cloud-enabled business process outsourcing (BPO) service for energy, carbon and sustainability management.
- Wipro EcoEnergy: offers a series of Energy Managed Services in its Green Data Center practice using CA DCIM as a technology enabler for their three-phased approach of Assessment, Deployment of Energy Saving Technology.
- Infosys: offers energy and sustainability management services for business and IT, including an Energy Management Services offering using our technology as a platform.
- Fujitsu: provides data center benchmarking services based on CA DCIM technology.
In 2012, CA Technologies joined the Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP) coalition to advocate for innovative climate and clean energy policies. See page Stakeholder Engagement for more information.