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“In the future, the network will be the key technology enabler to manage, monitor, and better utilize energy and to help achieve more significant greenhouse gas emissions reductions globally.”

Laura Ipsen, Senior Vice President, Global Policy and Government Affairs

Tony Bates, SVP/GM, Service Provider Technology Group Laura Ipsen, SVP, Global Policy and Government Ron Ricci, VP, Corporate Positioning

At Cisco, we’re committed to our vision: “Changing the Way We Work, Live, Play, and Learn.” And this extends to our ability to reduce the effects of our operations and products on the environment.
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(L-R: Tony Bates, SVP/GM, Service Provider Technology Group; Laura Ipsen, SVP, Government Affairs; Ron Ricci, VP, Corporate Positioning)

Our planet and the people who inhabit it face many environmental challenges—with climate change perhaps the most serious and pressing. Cisco is helping to alleviate these problems by making our operations and products more earth-friendly. In addition, we believe that communications technology can play a central role in reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute in large part to global warming. We are developing technologies that are designed to help curb—and which ultimately may help reverse—the current climate trend.

In consultation with academic institutions and experts in the public and private sectors, we continued to develop and refine our environmental strategy during FY07. At the beginning of the year we established the Cisco EcoBoard, a group of leaders from the top 10 departments at Cisco involved in “green” activities. This group has drawn up a corporate green strategy based on reducing our carbon footprint and delivering ecologically sound products and opportunities to our customers.

Cisco is driving environmental initiatives in three areas:

  • Architecture: We are developing networking architectures and solutions to enable customers and employees to mitigate their environmental impact and achieve their green goals.
  • Responsible operations: We are working to lessen our environmental footprint by using power in a more sustainable manner and by reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that result from our business operations. We have also made strides in better managing resources and waste, and in making sure our supply chain adheres to our environmental and diversity goals.
  • Product stewardship: We have committed to optimizing the functionality, accessibility, and performance of our products while reducing the amount of power they need to operate. We have also instituted stronger recovery and recycling programs.

In our corporate operations during FY07, we increased renewable energy procurement by 47 million kilowatt-hours per year at our U.S. and U.K. facilities. Additionally we have played a leadership role in the development and consistent application of environmental standards.

As a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, Cisco made two environmental commitments directed at controlling greenhouse gas emissions. We launched the Connected Urban Development initiative based on our vision of a comprehensive communications infrastructure that makes information, knowledge, people, traffic, and energy all flow more efficiently through urban areas. Plus, we created the Carbon to Collaboration initiative aimed at reducing Cisco’s carbon emissions from air travel. This initiative provides a case study for how innovations in network architecture and unified communications can offer alternatives to business air travel.

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