Oracle joins as a new addition in this fourth iteration of the Cool IT Leaderboard; the company recently acquired Sun Microsystems, a former Leaderboard company. Oracle did not respond to requests from Greenpeace for additional information on the company’s work in the IT climate space, though it is clear that Oracle has potential to drive greenhouse gas savings in other sectors of the economy.
Questions remain about whether the climate leadership espoused by Sun prior to the acquisition, including strong advocacy for science-based economy-wide cuts in GHG emissions, will continue under Oracle management.
Current Savings Calculations
Oracles showcases a few case studies on its website to report how its services can provide GHG savings. These case studies do not account for net emissions savings, or detail pre- and post-intervention data.
In the case studies offered, Oracle did not detail any calculations or basic assumptions about how the GHG savings were calculated.
Oracle does not publish its investments in clean tech solutions or R&D in IT climate solutions investments.
Future Savings Goal
No future savings goal available.
According to the US EPA climate leaders program, Oracle pledges to reduce U.S. GHG emissions by 10% per employee and 6% in PUE for data centers from 2009 to 2016. The company needs a more comprehensive absolute GHG target; it does not disclose its overall emissions footprint on its website or via its Carbon Disclosure Submission.
Given Oracle’s lack of transparency on its emissions, it is not surprising that it does not articulate a robust mitigation strategy. The company does showcase some operational efficiency at its Silicon Valley headquarters.
Oracle only mentions renewable energy use for its Austin datacenter. It does not articulate a preference or policy involving GHG emissions in siting its infrastructure.
No applicable recorded speech from Oracle.
Oracle signed a letter to U.S. Congressional Leadership around the creatoion of an Advanced Projects Research Agency – Energy (APRA-E) which would invest significant amounts of money in high-risk/high-reward clean energy projects.
No applicable examples of advocacy repetition.
Negative Lobby Penalty
No negative lobby scored.
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