A Major Milestone on Our Journey To Net-Positive Global Impact
In 2016, we launched VMware 2020, our global impact vision to serve as a force for good. We committed to clear and ambitious goals for the year 2020, including becoming carbon neutral across our global operations, and I’m incredibly proud that we have reached that target two years ahead of schedule. We did this through a combination of energy-efficiency initiatives, renewable energy projects and purchasing and delivering financing to low-carbon, sustainable development projects. We have also completed the process to become a certified CarbonNeutral® company, in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol. This represents both a significant step toward fulfilling our commitment to long-term sustainability and global impact, as well as our commitment to accountability and transparency in the management of our environmental footprint.
A Milestone, Not the Finish Line
This turning point in VMware’s history is critical, given the urgency of climate change. Yet reaching carbon neutrality is a milestone, not our final destination. Ultimately, the goal is to not only slow down global warming, but to do what we can to reverse the trend. Earlier this year, with 21 other companies, we launched the Step Up Declaration, an alliance harnessing the power of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions across all economic sectors, and ensure a climate turning point by 2020. The alliance’s declaration states: “We need to be held, and hold each other, accountable to rise to the greatest challenge the world has ever seen.”
We must work together to create an economy that will enable dramatic reductions in emissions and build resilience. That means a worldwide collaborative effort of transitioning from the old fossil-fuel-based economy to a low-carbon economy. VMware is setting its sights on innovations that not only impact our operations, such as becoming a CarbonNeutral® company, but also have the potential to inspire innovation for others.