Within our internal operations, we focus our sustainability efforts on making more efficient use of our facilities and data centers and on reducing our energy and paper consumption.
New LEED-Certified Building in India
In September 2010, the new $30 million building at our India Technology Center (ITC) in Hyderabad was awarded LEED Gold Certification by the Indian Green Building Council. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is a third-party validation of a building’s sustainable design. The criteria for LEED Gold have been established by the U.S. Green Building Council to measure a building’s environmental and economic performance, as well as provisions for occupant health and safety.
The new facility, which is projected to be 30% more energy-efficient per square foot, has several state-of-the-art design features. We will use our own CA ecoSoftware to continue to systematically drive reductions in energy and water consumption at this site, our largest technology and development center.
The environmentally friendly ITC campus in Hyderabad is a 30.5-acre highly sustainable, park-like setting with 450,000 square feet of office space. The campus was opened three years ago with one building housing 1,500 employees. The completion of the new LEED Gold-certified building accommodates another 1,000 employees. Additional information on sustainability initiatives for Building 2 can be found here.
We are working with global real estate services firm Jones Lang LaSalle to implement a policy of 100% green leases going forward on all non-owned corporate facilities. Currently, we are incorporating sustainability elements into our RFPs, insisting on certain sustainable practices from all landlords. These include recycling programs, green cleaning of the office space and a commitment from landlords to build out our interior premises in compliance with CA Technologies green build guidelines. We expect to implement industry-accepted green leases when we reset major facilities such as Plano, TX, and Lisle, IL.
Real Estate ReductionsSince 2007, operational improvements have allowed us to eliminate over one million square feet of real estate. We were able to reduce our data center space requirements through the sustainable computing approaches detailed in the next section. Our overall office space needs were also reduced through our Flexible Workplace Program. In North America, more than 2,000 employees (30% of our workforce in this region) are teleworkers and home workers. As recently as five years ago, flex workers made up less than 5% of our workforce.
CA Technologies has a corporate-wide global commitment to reduce, recycle, reuse and respect in order to minimize our impact on landfills. As part of this initiative, we have started replacing throw-away cups with ceramic coffee mugs, and provide recycling bins in all our facilities.
In Hyderabad, our ITC facility has taken recycling one step further. This location, the largest of our research and development centers, has built an on-site vermiculture plant, or worm farm, to recycle all non-plastic waste at the facility. In the vermicomposting process, earthworms turn organic waste into natural, nutrient-rich, high-quality compost, which is used in campus landscaping and offered to employees for home gardening.
Labs on Demand
As of 2007, CA Technologies R&D activities were supported by thousands of servers in more than 50 labs worldwide. We clearly needed a more sustainable way to grow. The answer was Labs on Demand, our own private cloud. It is a shared service available to our software developers and service and support technicians around the world 24/7. Demand varies considerably, so we use CA Spectrum Automation Manager and other CA Technologies software to automate server provisioning, system builds and reservations.
In 2008, Labs on Demand performed code generation for more than 20,000 automated software builds, as well as 17,000 automated software installations. This is projected to save more than 25 years of developer time, which adds up to $4 million in savings from improved productivity. We estimate we will save an additional $12 million over five years through the rationalization of 40 lab environments. One facility saved approximately 250,000 BTUs and an estimated $100,000 per year on electricity. Since FY2008, results include:
Blade Servers, Virtualization and Cloud Computing
Within our data centers, we are transitioning from large legacy servers to racks of blade servers. Blades take up less space for the equivalent, or near equivalent, computing power. Most important, blades reduce our carbon footprint by significantly decreasing our data center real estate, cooling needs and energy consumption. Blades are also simpler to deploy and maintain, diminishing the administrative burden required to sustain complex environments.
In addition, one-third of our equipment is now in cloud computing or virtualized environments, which do not require the raised floor and air-conditioned environments of legacy servers. This change alone has resulted in $1 million in annual savings on space, energy and manpower needed for support. These computing approaches offer the company better flexibility, reliability and scalability. Even security is improved, because there are fewer physical IT locations.
Carbon Disclosure Project
CA Technologies began reporting with the Carbon Disclosure Project in 2006. Since that time, our processes and measuring capabilities have developed and improved through the development and application of our own CA ecoSoftware. This has resulted in a reduction of our carbon footprint by more than 30% since 2008.
CA ecoSoftware Integration
This year we are expanding the use of CA ecoSoftware within the company, training all facilities managers and putting the rules and processes in place to ensure that all important data are entered into the system. This level of precision monitoring enables us to evaluate everything from the energy consumption of entire buildings to energy, gas, waste, diesel and water usage by office.
The Climate Registry
CA Technologies is a member of The Climate Registry, working to establish emissions targets and create new goals and initiatives on an ongoing basis. For example, temperatures in all refrigeration chiller devices have now been increased from 42° F to 45° F. In addition, we are implementing best practice for computer room air-conditioning (CRAC) units in our data centers, raising the temperature to 72° F and shutting down units where possible. These steps have allowed us to shut down five CRAC units to date. Shutting down one unit alone saved 13.9 kWh of electricity and $10,000 in annual costs.
In November 2010, CA Technologies was approved as a Ceres network company. Being selected to join this organization recognizes the progress we have made in sustainability and creates an opportunity for us to collaborate with other leaders to further our shared sustainability goals.
The World Economic Forum
CA Technologies holds a “strategic partnership” membership in the World Economic Forum (WEF), the highest level of contractual membership. As such, our CEO and other senior executives participate in the WEF annual meeting in Davos. In addition, CA Technologies has participated in the regional meetings in India, Latin America, the Middle East, Europe, Southeast Asia and China. Phil Harrington, Executive Vice President, Risk, and Chief Administrative Officer, was recently nominated to the WEF Risk Officers Community, which honors board or cabinet-level executives in the risk field. This community is made up of global decision-makers from top corporations, governments and global risk-regulating bodies, who work to better understand key risks and develop ways to respond to them proactively in times of crisis.
New York State Smart Grid
CA Technologies is a member of the New York State Smart Grid Consortium and one of our executives serves on its board. The consortium was founded in 2008 when key energy leaders determined that meaningful progress could only be achieved by bringing together utilities, industry and academia to define and work toward a common smart grid vision. The Consortium’s goal is to harness the collective efforts of key stakeholders to implement an electric power system that is efficient, secure and reliable, while simultaneously facilitating the adoption of renewable resources and enabling customers to reduce costs and energy consumption.
Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center
CA Technologies is a member of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC) and one of our executives serves on its industry advisory board. Established in 2006, AERTC is a partnership of academic institutions, research institutions, energy providers and industrial corporations. Its mission encompasses: innovative energy research; education and technology deployment with a focus on efficiency, conservation and renewable energy; and nanotechnology applications for new and novel energy sources.
On the supply side, CA Technologies has embarked on a program to buy renewable energy from commercial electricity supplier Glacial Energy. The renewable sources they supply, such as solar, hydro, wind, geothermal and biomass, naturally replenish themselves and also produce much less pollution and fewer GHG emissions than coal, natural gas and other fossil fuels. Under this plan, we purchase power that’s certified as Green-e Energy, which is one of the nation’s leading independent certification and verification programs for renewable energy.
CA Technologies has reduced energy consumption and GHG emissions related to employee travel through three major initiatives:
- Our Flexible Workplace Program permits eligible employees to work from home or telework. About 30% of our North American employees are now flex workers, reducing commuting and dramatically reducing our carbon footprint.
- Video conferencing technology has enabled the expansion of our flexworker program and reduced business trips for many employees. The Polycom Telepresence™ and RealPresence™ technology we employ delivers a user-friendly solution with high-quality audio, high-definition video and interactive capabilities, offering a productive alternative to in-person meetings.
- CA Technologies uses data from Travelocity, our travel management vendor, to track flight emissions (CO2-e) for short, medium and long-haul employee trips. Qantas Airways also provides us with summary carbon impact reports.
Our Global Facilities organization continually evaluates global best practices and environment-friendly programs to find new ways to reduce our carbon footprint. These include ENERGY STAR, Green Globes and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) rating system. We are currently pursuing Energy Star ratings for three of our data centers in the U.S.
Follow Me Print Management
CA Technologies is firmly committed to reducing the amount of paper we use in our operations. When we needed to replace a fleet of old printers, as well as reduce paper waste, we developed the Follow Me Print Management solution, partnering with Canon multifunction printers (MFPs) integrated with Pharos Blueprint® Enterprise software. Our print strategy has been rolled out in the U.S. and is in the process of being implemented companywide.
Employees submit print orders from their computers as usual. But to print, they go to any integrated MFP (iMFP) in any CA Technologies facility and select their print job. Cover pages aren’t needed because jobs only print when the job owner is there. Unnecessary printing is reduced because users can easily cancel and resubmit jobs. And two-sided, black-and-white printing is the default for all print jobs.
This program reduced our carbon footprint and saved an estimated 16.3 million sheets of paper (the equivalent of 1,960 trees, and 2.2 million liters of water) from its implementation in April 2009 to October 2010.
The Follow Me Print Management solution also eliminated all the rogue printers, that had been present throughout the organization. Consequently, we now use just eight types of printer toner cartridges in our network printers, versus the more than 50 different types we needed before. We can even track paper usage per employee. Follow Me represents the state of the art in printer management, which many companies are now looking to deploy.