Cloud-focused tech giant Oracle announced today a new commitment to power its global operations with 100% renewable energy by 2025, including its facilities and its cloud infrastructure.
The new pledge marks the continuation of the company’s efforts to source clean energy for its operations. The company’s European Cloud regions are already powered with 100% renewable energy, and Oracle has 51 offices around the world using 100% renewable energy.
Oracle Chief Executive Officer Safra Catz, said:
“Relying on renewable energy is an important step toward a more sustainable future. Oracle will always make its biggest impact on the environment by providing customers with technology that enables them to reduce their carbon footprint, but this new goal reflects the shared values of our customers, partners and investors.”
The growth of cloud infrastructure powered by renewable energy can have a significant sustainability impact on companies’ value chains. Recent research from Accenture indicated that shifting from on-premise data centers to the public cloud can cut carbon emissions dramatically, particularly if the infrastructure utilizes low carbon energy, with other benefits including power, cooling and hardware efficiency, compute utilization, and sustainable software engineering, among others.
Commenting on Oracle’s new commitment and its impact on its own sustainability efforts, Telenor Group’s Cecilie Heuch, EVP and Chief People and Sustainability Officer, said:
“Telenor Group recently set science-based targets to reduce our own emissions by 57% by 2030, and work with our suppliers in order to also reduce our supply chain emissions. It is critical for us that our suppliers share our commitment so we are pleased to see Oracle set a goal to have its operations be powered 100% with renewable energy by 2025.”