Energy Use & Climate Change
Employee Travel & Commuting
EMC encourages alternative travel, commuting and communications methods, including e-conferencing, virtual meetings, remote work assignment programs and shuttle services. We encourage employees to reduce their environmental impact, and achieve savings for our business at the same time. In addition, we are creating efficiencies in our corporate fleet.
We provide a number of technology options for employees to collaborate more effectively and more often without having to travel. Our options for e-conferencing include teleconferencing, web meetings and audio conferencing. We have 43 Cisco TelePresence facilities around the globe, including the nine facilities we added in 2011, which has encouraged further company collaboration. Our three-screen TelePresence facility in the main plant at the Cork, Ireland Center of Excellence (COE), was even used by the mayor of Cork in 2011 for a meeting with the mayor of San Francisco, California.
In 2011, our e-conferencing technology was also used to support an online dialog on “Social Enterprise Education in Universities.” The dialog successfully brought together academics and students from London, Boston and Beijing to share knowledge, ideas and experience on running social enterprise courses and promoting social entrepreneurship on campus. It was co-organized by the British Council and Social Enterprise London.
We have shifted to more energy-efficient models in our fleet of corporate cars available to employees in Europe. In 2011, we reduced fuel consumption in our European fleet by about 20 percent working towards our 2013 goal of 25 percent.
We continually examine our fleet and potential replacement aircraft to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. In 2011, the fuel consumed per mile in our corporate aircraft fleet decreased 2.5% from 2010 due to a more efficient jet fleet. We are aligned to participate in the EU-Aviation Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS or AVETS) and have already reported our 2010 CO2 emissions as our benchmark year. The EU-ETS or AVETS goes live in 2012, with active credit trading commencing January 1, 2013.
Telecommuting / WorkWise
More and more of our employees are working remotely and with other flexible work arrangements. Our WorkWise program, for example, empowers eligible employees in either a partial or full commitment to work remotely. The environmental benefits include reduced emissions from and time lost to commuting and facility consolidation which allows more efficient use of space and energy.
Employee Commuting and Shuttle Programs
Our corporate facilities in the U.S. and the Ireland COE offer carpool matching programs for employees. This was the first year of participation for the Ireland COE and was part of their larger partnership with Smarter Travel, an arm of Ireland’s Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport that aims to provide resources for sustainable travel and transport. We also expanded our U.S. program to include all of our California locations.
Looking forward to 2012, our India COE plans to launch a web-enabled carpooling initiative called iPool and will continue discussions with the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation about Common Bus Routing Service. We also are exploring options for installing electric car charging stations in the U.S. – a perk we hope to one day offer our employees.
Other EMC commuting projects and programs include:
- Bike racks and showers for employees who bike to work
- Incentives to encourage employees to use public transportation, including direct service to our locations from some local train stations and a commuter pretax savings plan
- Shuttle services between buildings at our central Massachusetts facilities to limit employees’ use of their own vehicles
- Shuttle fleets with hybrid vehicles