Our commitment to a sustainable future
The climate crisis is without a doubt one of the greatest challenges the world is facing. Confronting the climate crisis is going to require strategic urgency, responding to immediate needs but also investing in innovative solutions to help scale for impact in the years to come. By funding nonprofits grants and impact investing, we are committed to making real impact funding and promoting climate solutions.
Funding programs with measurable impact
According to a study by the United Nations Development Programme released in January, there is an international consensus that we must act boldly and quickly to combat climate change: 68% of people in 50 countries agree that climate change is a global emergency, and that’s true even as we face the challenges posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
We can all feel overwhelmed by the enormity of the climate crisis which is why the Cisco Foundation will prioritize community education to help empower people around the world, illuminating the crucial role that individuals have to play in this movement and providing them the tools to do so.
Powering an inclusive – and sustainable – future
In order to live up that purpose, we have to combat the rising inequality that comes from climate change. It’s a tragic fact that climate change and poverty are disproportionately intertwined; those most impacted by climate change have the least ability to reverse its course. Combined with the irreversible changes that have come to wildlife and natural habitats, it’s clear that we need to take action.
We are on track to have electricity generated from renewable sources for at least 85% of our global electricity in 2022 and to reduce our Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 60% in 2022 (compared to 2007).
Moreover, we are working with suppliers to reduce emissions throughout our supply chain. We believe that our holistic circular economy strategy allows us to transform how we do business, design our products to reduce resource consumption, increase reuse, and change how we and our suppliers operate.
We build and ship a lot of routers, switches, and phones so, years ago, we decided to rethink how we design our products and packaging for reuse, repair, and resource efficiency. We set the bold goal to design 100% of new Cisco products and packaging to incorporate Circular Design Principles by 2025.
Some of our IP phones in the 8800 series and select Webex Room Kit Plus are now being made with plastic from our own industrial recycling. Made of 100% post-consumer recycled plastic resin, they will be the first Cisco products to carry a new closed-loop plastic label.
Building more efficient products
Cisco’s products are helping power the energy-efficient smart cities and smart buildings of the future. Take our new Silicon One microchip which powers the Cisco 8201 router. The old equipment consumed over 96,000 kWh of electricity per year, about the annual electricity consumption of nine typical U.S. houses in 2019. The Silicon One-powered router, on the other hand, consumes just 3,635 kWh of electricity per year— less than 4% of the energy used by the old equipment.
We know that our technology and our actions have a role to play sustaining a livable planet and powering a future that is truly inclusive. We must work together to power a future that is as sustainable as it is inclusive.
Apr 21, 2021 at 10:10