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Environmental Sustainability

Sustainability and protecting the environment are a Cisco priority.

Our approach to protecting the environment

An inclusive future takes everyone, including future generations, into account. Cisco has set long-term goals to address the environmental impacts from our products and business operations.

Environmental impact

We look for opportunities to minimize our impact on the environment in every corner of our business and supply chain and seek ways technology can reduce energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.


reduction in Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions in FY21 (FY07 base year).


of energy came from renewable sources in FY21.

Net zero

Set goal to reach net zero across global Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions by 2040.

Increasing efficiency and reducing emissions across operations

Building energy efficiency

In the last five years, we have implemented over 440 energy efficiency projects that reduce costs and emissions.

Renewable energy

We are procuring renewable energy in the regions where we operate through a variety of onsite and offsite sources.

Product energy efficiency

We are developing more efficient thermal systems, reducing power loss, and offering higher-efficiency power supplies.

Innovation to address environmental challenges

Cisco’s Global Problem Solver Challenge

Cisco strives to foster big thinking and ideas to help the planet beyond our walls.

Cisco’s Innovate Everywhere Challenge

Employees can submit ideas to improve product efficiency and solve GHG emission challenges.

Product design

Cisco customers are asking for more energy-efficient products, and we are responding.

Empowering employees to take part in sustainability efforts

Earth Aware

A two-month employee volunteerism and awareness campaign invites employees to celebrate the Earth.


An internal thought leadership forum, featuring leaders across industries sharing ideas for a sustainable tomorrow.

Cisco Green Team

The Cisco Green Team Network (GTN) is a global employee-run organization that leads sustainability projects.

Cisco GreenHouse

An interactive sustainability platform that helps employees live more sustainably and network with peers.

The buzz around the Cisco beehives in RTP

In partnership with Bee Downtown and the RTP Foundation, we installed beehives last year near our RTP campus to support the growing pollinator population in North Carolina.

Virtual collaboration

Cisco’s virtual collaboration technologies are helping companies transition to remote work during COVID-19 and reduce GHG emissions.

Water and waste initiatives

Conserving water

Managing our water footprint through water efficiency projects and supporting local water restoration projects.

Managing our waste

We have diverted 80 percent of our waste from landfill through recycling, composting, and donations.

Investing in a regenerative and sustainable future

The Cisco Foundation is committing $100 million over ten years to fund nonprofit grants and impact investing in climate solutions.

Circular economy and supply chain sustainability

A responsible, resilient supply chain is critical to our business success and supports our ability to transition from a linear economy to a circular economy.

Explore our sustainability stories

ESG Reporting Hub and 2021 Cisco Purpose Report

Cisco is putting people, technology, and resources toward Powering an Inclusive Future for All, where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. Visit our Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Reporting Hub.