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. Our online travel booking tool, for example, provides users with carbon information that allows them to select different routes and methods of transportation. In addition, we continue to add efficiencies to our corporate fleet to reduce environmental impacts associated with travel.


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 TelePresence, video conferencing, web conferencing and audio conferencing. We have 300 e-conference facilities around the globe, offering employees a high-quality experience to meet with customers and partners alike, “face to face”, without having to leave the office.

During 2015, EMC continued to see a growing demand for conferencing services, and increased accessibility by adding Skype for Business, a unified communications platform that delivers instant messaging, content sharing, conferencing, voice, and video services, to all employee computers.

We have also implemented other initiatives that will reduce business travel costs and impacts over time, including increased use of high-definition video conferencing, and redesigned job responsibilities to reduce the number of different individuals required to perform common services.


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 & Shuttle Programs

EMC facilities around the globe offer shuttle programs to create efficiencies, while reducing carbon emissions and easing our employees’ commuting challenges. Our facilities in the U.S. and in Cork, Ireland offer carpool matching programs for employees. In 2015, we added a double electric car charging station to our Bedford, Massachusetts facility, in addition to the six double electric car charging stations added in 2014 to facilities in California, Massachusetts and North Carolina. These double outlet stations have given us the ability to charge 18 electric vehicles at one time. In addition, EMC’s Hopkinton, Massachusetts location received the Massachusetts Excellence in Commuter Options (ECO) Award at the highest Pinnacle level for the fifth year in a row.

Commuting programs and projects available at various EMC facilities include:

  • Programs to encourage biking to work
    • Bike racks and showers for employees who bike to work
    • Cycle to Work program at the Ireland COE (described below)
    • Secure bicycle storage
  • Electric car charging stations at four U.S. campuses
  • Preferential parking spaces for low-emission vehicles and ride sharing
  • Programs to encourage employees to use public transportation and EMC sponsored shuttles for the benefit of the employees and to reduce carbon emissions
    • Direct service to our locations from some local train stations
    • A commuter pretax savings plan
    • Shuttle services between buildings at our central Massachusetts facilities to limit employees’ use of their own vehicles; shuttle fleets include hybrid vehicles
    • Shuttle services between our two Santa Clara, California locations and to local commuter train stations
    • Transportation provided by the India COE used by approximately 3,200 employees and contractors daily
    • Bus service at the India COE for approximately 1,000 employees, further reducing dependence on individual vehicles
    • Transportation provided by the Egypt COE used by approximately 230 employees daily
    • Shuttle lines at the Israel COE from the center of Tel-Aviv and Ramat Gan to EMC facilities
    • Two public transportation options at the BRDC: the internal campus bus and an electric car for up to 8 passengers
    • An extension of the public bus service route to the site entrance to facilitate employees at the Ireland COE

Ireland’s Cycle to Work Program

The Cycle to Work program was an initiative launched by the Irish Government in 2009 and was first offered to our Ireland COE in 2010. The program offers several benefits, including:

  • Personal health and fitness: Employees can burn approximately 4,000 calories per week by cycling to/from work
  • Reduced environmental impact: Cycling is a zero emission form of transportation
  • Financial savings: Employees can save up to 52 percent off the retail cost of a bicycle through the program, which also covers bicycle accessories up to €1,000 per employee

In 2015, approximately 140 additional Ireland COE employees participated in the Cycle to Work program, bringing the total of employees participating since 2010 to nearly 850. The cycle to work program will continue to run through 2016.

Utah’s Transit Program

In 2014, EMC’s Utah COE started a partnership with the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) to offer subsidized annual public transit options, including a carpool app. Participation in the programs continues to grow each quarter. The COE also participates in the Utah Clean Air (UCAIR) initiative by communicating regularly with employees about these transit options and other sustainability initiatives. In 2015, EMC was recognized with Utah’s Green Business Award.

Corporate Fleet

We continually examine our fleet and potential replacement aircraft to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. Our total emissions from our fleet aircraft were 3,895 metric tons CO2e in 2015, up slightly from our 2014 aircraft emissions. In 2016, we terminated our EU flight operation, will be disposing of one aircraft, and expect our aircraft emissions to drop by approximately 1,200 metric tons

We have been participating in the EU-Aviation Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS or AVETS) since its inception in 2010. The EU-ETS or AVETS went live in 2012, and we have reported our CO2e emissions since 2013.With the termination of our EU flight operations, 2015 will be the last year that we will be a member of the EU AVETS scheme.