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How VMware IT Reduces Carbon Footprint and Promotes Sustainability

by: VMware on VMware Staff

The VMware Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report 2021 is an annual progress update on VMware Environmental, Social and Governance performance. VMware is at the forefront of providing low-carbon solutions and sustainability to our customers. Our tools and solutions significantly reduce energy costs and the carbon emissions associated with operating a robust digital infrastructure. VMware has been a certified CarbonNeutral® company since 2018. Our operations have been powered 100 percent by renewable energy since 2019. VMware is committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions for our supply chain by 2030.

One article from the BBC entitled “Why your internet habits are not as clean as you think estimates that the Internet emits 1.6 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually in the manufacture and running of digital technologies between all Internet users around the world.” Last year, more than 50 million tons of e-waste was produced and expected to rise by eight percent yearly.


Since 2003, VMware virtualization solutions have prevented 1.2 billion metric tons of carbon emissions from being released into the environment. In addition, the efficiencies associated with server virtualization have promoted the reduction of 142 million servers, resulting in 2.4B MWh less energy consumed. In part, through VMware solutions of server consolidation, the International Energy Agency reports that data center electricity consumption remained flat despite a 12-fold increase in internet traffic and an eight-fold increase in workloads.

Leveraging hybrid cloud solutions can reduce on-premises peak workload infrastructure. Anywhere Workspace solutions help customers transition to a distributed workforce model. Remote workers dramatically reduce energy consumption and minimize pollutants released from commuting and traveling into the environment.

With VMware zero carbon committed, we can help connect customers looking for low-carbon solutions with VMware Cloud providers. This zero-carbon cloud initiative is possible through renewable energy-powered operations and energy-efficient data centers, helping our customers reduce the environmental impact of their digital infrastructures.

We strive to raise awareness among all stakeholders about the importance of sustainable cloud operations. Our goal is to inspire others to begin or accelerate their zero-carbon efforts. VMware plans to develop programs that assist providers in implementing renewable energy projects in the long term. For example, VMware is partnering with Atea, Equinix, IBM, Microsoft and OVHcloud on the VMware Zero Carbon Committed initiative.

VMware has committed to doing its part to reduce the carbon footprint of digital technologies. Through the VMware Zero Carbon Committed initiative, our goal is that by 2030, all VMware public clouds will be powered with renewable energy and the infrastructure will be energy and carbon efficient. In addition, our commitment ensures our customers are positioned to reduce their carbon footprints and be sustainable.

Together with our partners and customers, we will do our part to help mitigate the leading environmental issues associated with the digital technology industry.

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