Juniper Networks Participates In Cabon Disclosure Projet; Setting New Energy Efficiency Standards In The Networking Industry
Juniper Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: JNPR), the leader in high-performance networking, announced its sponsorship and continued participation in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), which launched its fifth report, CDP5, today in New York City. CDP is a global standardized mechanism by which companies report their greenhouse gas emissions to institutional investors; it hosts one of the largest registries of corporate greenhouse gas data in the world at www.cdproject.net.
“We applaud the companies that have taken the initiative to inventory and measure the impact they have on the environment and then put plans in place to reduce their Green House Gas (GHG) emissions,” said Paul Dickinson, CEO of CDP. “The Carbon Disclosure Project Secretariat is confident that the economy of the future will be based more on the movement of bytes than atoms. As a major enabler of the network economy, we are excited to see Juniper Networks make strides to address the issues of climate change within their business.”
Over the past two years, Juniper Networks has invested in the infrastructure and systems to be able to inventory and measure its carbon footprint on a global basis. Between 2005 and 2006, Juniper made significant strides in improving its energy efficiency around the world.
Examples of Juniper’s Energy Efficiency Successes
At Juniper’s corporate headquarters facility in Sunnyvale, Calif., the company reduced its emissions (Electrical and Natural Gas) from 17,374 metric tons of carbon in 2005 to 14,885 in 2006 (down 14 percent), while simultaneously expanding headcount at the facility by more than 14 percent. Greater efficiency can be attributed, in part, to placing window film on windows; switching to a day cleaning service; and replacing transformers and heating and air conditioning units with energy-efficient systems.
At Juniper’s east coast headquarters in Westford, Mass., Juniper reduced its carbon footprint by 23 percent, going from 7715 metric tons of carbon in 2005 to 5929 in 2006. The move of two major labs into a new facility with centralized DC power plants and an improved air-conditioning design, along with tighter controls over the building’s automation system were the primary contributors in reducing the facility’s overall consumption.
At Juniper’s Tokyo office, electrical emissions were reduced from 626 metric tons of carbon in 2005 to 280 in 2006, due to a focus on energy savings opportunities with the property management firm at Juniper’s offices in the Shinjuku Park Tower.
At Juniper’s Amsterdam office, the company received 17 percent of its power in 2006 from green power sources, including nuclear, wind, and solar sources.
Some Areas of Improvement for Juniper’s Focus
Aligned with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recently released study, Juniper Networks has found that there is room for improvement in the energy efficiency of its global Data Centers. The company has initiatives underway, including making changes to its physical sites, as well as leveraging virtualization software to reduce the energy, cooling and space requirements of its Data Centers. Juniper is targeting to reduce its server footprint by 30 percent at year end.
As the company continues to grow, opening new offices in emerging markets will be done in an energy-efficient manner. As in the past, Juniper Networks is locating, whenever possible, new facilities in close proximity to mass transit options and looking at ways in which energy costs can be managed - e.g. reusing equipment no longer needed in other facilities, encouraging telecommuting and the use of alternative methods of commuting to work, etc. For example, in Sunnyvale, 24 percent of Juniper employees use alternative forms of transportation rather than driving alone for some part of their commute.
“Juniper takes corporate responsibility seriously and is focused on achieving real change that benefits the environment and, ultimately, our employees, customers and shareholders,” said Brad Minnis, director of environmental health, safety and security. “We are leveraging our history and culture of innovation to do our part to continue addressing the energy efficiency challenges facing the globe.”
Leading the Networking Industry Towards Greater Energy Efficiency
Juniper Networks offers a broad range of integrated high-performance network infrastructure products that have been designed to replace multiple devices in today’s existing networking environments. For example, businesses can consolidate four or five devices (FW, VPN, Intrusion Prevention, Anti-virus, Web filtering, etc.) into a single Juniper Networks Security Services Gateway (SSG), reducing the physical space requirements and resulting in a reduction of energy and cooling consumption costs, as well as overall management expense.
The company recently introduced the T1600 – a new core router that consumes 30 percent less power, requires 30 percent less cooling, and takes up half the physical space of competitive platforms. In addition, the T1600 follows Juniper’s commitment to reusing hardware and line cards whenever possible to reduce waste. Customers will be able to upgrade their existing T640 chassis to achieve the T1600’s 1.6 Tbps of throughput, without needing to dispose of their existing chassis.
Juniper Networks also recently introduced the E120 – a Broadband Services Router that can run on a standard 60amp Circuit versus the typical 80amps of competing products, saving both energy and the facility build-out costs associated with bringing high-amp circuits to the racks in smaller points of presence.
Juniper also offers solutions that facilitate telecommuting, which the company, itself, uses to reduce commute pollution and avoid the energy costs associated with operating very small offices. Ninety percent of Juniper’s workforce telecommutes at some point during the year, with approximately 10 percent telecommuting on any given day. Within emerging regions, the percentage of telecommuters goes up to 30 percent, with Juniper provisioning home instead of regional offices in numerous locations.
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