Oracle

Background - 26 November, 2010

Oracle

Summary 12/100

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.

Solutions

Climate Solutions

4/40

Current Savings Calculations

3/20

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.

Public Metrics

01/10

In the case studies offered, Oracle did not detail any calculations or basic assumptions about how the GHG savings were calculated.

Investment

00/05

Oracle does not publish its investments in clean tech solutions or R&D in IT climate solutions investments.

Future Savings Goal

00/05

No future savings goal available.

Energy

Energy Impact

04/25

Reduction Target

01/05

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.

Mitigation

02/10

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.

Infrastructure Siting

01/10*

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.

Supply Chain Footprint

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political

Political Advocacy

04/35

Speech

00/10

No applicable recorded speech from Oracle.

Political Policy

04/15

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.

Repetition Bonus

00/10

No applicable examples of advocacy repetition.

Negative Lobby Penalty

0/-15

No negative lobby scored.

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