Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

HEADLINES

Cisco unveils next-generation environmental sustainability strategy

This year is on track to being the hottest year on record. There is a critical need to limit the temperature rise to no more than 1.5C to avoid catastrophic changes to the climate, and we are currently at 1.1C.

Cisco, a global leader in technology and networking solutions, has announced the launch of “The Plan for Possible,” an ambitious and comprehensive environmental sustainability strategy that aims to build a regenerative future.

This year is on track to being the hottest year on record. There is a critical need to limit the temperature rise to no more than 1.5C to avoid catastrophic changes to the climate, and we are currently at 1.1C.

The world needs a sustainable future: one in which we can phase out our reliance on fossil fuels, address a century’s worth of pollution, provide economic opportunity to communities around the world, and align our activities with the physical boundaries of our Earth. The progress we make in this decade will be critical for future generations.

Acknowledging these pressing issues, Cisco is going beyond the “doing no harm” approach and building a holistic strategy to environmental sustainability. The “plan for possible” includes how the company operates its business, how it engages with suppliers, and how it helps customers and communities reduce their environmental impacts and adapt to a changing world.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

“The world is connected, but we’re suffering from new forms of disconnection: from each other and our health, and from the health of the planet. Fortunately, technology can help us rethink operating and business models in ways that are digital and low carbon, but also improve individual wellbeing and create opportunities for communities” said Mary de Wysocki, Chief Sustainability Officer at Cisco. “With Cisco technology, we are helping power the world with affordable clean energy through digitizing smart grids and smart buildings, we are designing out waste by re-building products from used ones, and we are using the Internet of Things (IoT) to protect the world’s biodiversity.”

Priority 1: Transition to clean energy

To power the world with renewables, the grid requires updated digital infrastructure to connect diverse, decentralized sources of clean energy. But even as the world electrifies, there is a need to simultaneously reduce the amount of energy used by a connected economy. As a part of this priority, Cisco has set a goal to reach Net Zero across its value chain by 2040, which includes both its suppliers and our customers’ use of energy.

The company is tackling this with leading energy efficiency innovation, connecting clean energy and digitizing the grid​ and collaborating with customers, partners, and suppliers to accelerate the energy transition. With connectivity at the heart of digitalization, Cisco is in a unique position to equip businesses with technology solutions that help them achieve their sustainability goals. This includes the Silicon One chip, Cisco’s networking device for AI processing which reduces energy consumption while increasing bandwidth, and Universal Power Over Ethernet (PoE) to optimize energy use for smart buildings.  Cisco also is helping its supply chain set GHG reduction targets. *

Priority 2: Evolve the business to circular

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Cisco aims to transform its business to extend the useful life of its products and provide ongoing services. It aims to do so by adopting and scaling its business models to extend the product value and reduce environmental impacts​, investing in technology incubation to be at pace with environmental science​ and championing a digital, nature-positive value chain.

The company is on track to achieving its goal of incorporating circular design principles into 100 percent of new products and packaging by 2025. Also, it launched several programs that enable circularity in its value chain:

  • The Cisco Takeback and Reuse Program, which lets customers return hardware that has reached end-of-use, at no cost.
  • Green Pay, a circular IT payment solution, that eliminates upfront hardware acquisition costs, offers predictable payments for 5 years, and an incentive of 5 percent. As part of this program, Cisco recovers products free of charge so these can be reused or recycled.
  • Remanufacturing devices through Cisco Refresh to give them a new life for our business and planet.

Priority 3: Invest in resilient ecosystems

Recognizing the importance of resilient ecosystems and investing in regenerative solutions, Cisco sets its third priority on enabling communities to adapt to climate realities, cultivating talent for the regenerative economy, and deploying technology to protect and restore ecosystems.

In 2021, Cisco Foundation committed $100 million investment over ten years in climate solutions that already draw down the carbon in the atmosphere and help regenerate depleted ecosystems.

All of Cisco’s strategic priorities are underpinned by strong governance, embedding sustainability into its operations with the intent to maintain alignment with scientific advancements.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

“Sustainability has become a top priority on the Philippine government’s agenda, with the recent launch of its Resiliency Framework for Environment and Natural Resources which aims to drive existing climate action and resilience initiatives of local government units in the country. As organizations in the Philippines accelerate their digital transformation journey, investments in technology offer them an opportunity to make a transition that is both digital and sustainable. As a trusted technology partner to businesses in the Philippines, we are committed to innovating with our customers’ sustainability goals in mind, and helping businesses make choices with an eye toward a more sustainable future,” said Zaza Soriano-Nicart, Managing Director, Philippines, Cisco.

* Cisco has the goal that 80% of Cisco component, manufacturing, and logistics suppliers by spend have a public, absolute GHG emissions reduction target by FY25. We are at 78% as of FY22.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Like Us On Facebook

You May Also Like

HEADLINES

The platform hopes to further its goals at the first-ever Loot Fair.  A cross between a convention and a conference for creators, the Loot...

APPS

TikTok, through its Change Makers Grant, is donating over $1 million to more than 30 global and local non-profit organizations supporting a variety of important causes. Each...

COMPUTERS

The Acer Vero HL6810ATV comes with an Acer-exclusive Android TV embedded dongle design, giving users access to smart home features at their fingertips. 

HEADLINES

The academy concluded with an engaging Photowalk activity that allowed attendees to apply their newfound knowledge and capture stunning images, further solidifying the sense...

COMPUTERS

The system supports up to 96GB of DDR5 memory and features a superfast M.2 2280 PCI-E NVMe Gen-4x4 SSD. Connectivity options comprise of a...

HEADLINES

The new investment to build new cloud and AI infrastructure across key international markets also aims to enhance the cloud and AI product suite...

HEADLINES

In a reshaping of its portfolio, ATRAM has rebranded and optimized the newly acquired funds, reflecting a commitment to providing diversified investment options that...

HEADLINES

Under the theme 'Unfolding the Intelligent Future,' ZTE showcased a comprehensive portfolio of ICT products and solutions, featuring 5G wireless, transmission, fixed network, maintenance...

Advertisement