NVIDIA’s approach to managing our environmental impacts combines policies, systems, and engagement within our entire ecosystem—that is, our employees, customers and suppliers. We focus on three areas:
- On our campuses, we have pledged to reduce energy use, water and waste generation.
- We partner with our suppliers and customers to improve their awareness of environmental issues and understand their expectations of our environmental performance.
- Through our product design, we are working to improve energy efficiency. The energy efficiency of our products gives us a tremendous opportunity to help our customers and end users reduce their energy consumption and have a broad environmental impact.
Our environmental management committee drives our business operations strategy and helps us establish programs that reduce our environmental impact and engage employees to do the same. It comprises representatives from facilities, EHS and real estate, IT, supply chain operations, engineering, marketing and data center operations.
We are working to achieve the following environmental goals by 2012 from a baseline year of 2007:
||Reduce U.S. GHG emissions by 9 percent per square foot of non-data center space from 2007 to 2012 (through EPA Climate Leaders Program).
||Reduce U.S. GHG emissions by 9 percent in PUE for data centers from 2007 to 2012 (through EPA Climate Leaders Program).
||Target PUE 1.5
|Solid Waste Diversion
||Reduce overall waste and increase the amount of waste diverted from landfill into composting and recycling.
||Annual reduction through 2012 normalized by employee.
||Partner with international offices to track energy, data center, waste and water usage, and identify opportunities for reduction and efficiency.
We look beyond legal compliance, which is a given for us, to work towards continuous improvement in environmental performance. Our environmental management systems at our headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., have been ISO 14001-certified since 2006. NVIDIA passed the ISO 14001 re-certification audit in 2009 and is audited annually to ensure compliance to standards.
Our social responsibility and environmental sustainability policies apply to all of our business operations and business units worldwide. In addition, our social responsibility policy requires us to conduct our business operations using industry-agreed social and environmental practices with a management system approach to ensure that we continually improve in order to achieve our objectives. The policy aligns with the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) code of conduct and enhances our efforts to promote responsibility throughout our supply chain.
We are working to better understand our environmental impacts so that we can reduce them. For example, we have been reporting our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions annually to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) since 2007. And as a partner of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Leaders Program, we track the energy usage of our U.S. offices.
To view our 2009 CDP report, click here.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The main sources of our Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 emissions are the purchase of electricity, cooling of our data centers and employee business travel. We are a growing semiconductor company whose products are manufactured by our suppliers, so our measured GHG emissions constitute only a portion of the overall GHG and other air emissions related to our business. See the supply chain section of this report for more information on our work with suppliers on carbon footprint issues.
We have pledged to reduce GHG emissions by 9 percent per square foot of non-data-center space in our Santa Clara campus. We have also pledged a reduction of 9 percent in power usage effectiveness (PUE) for our Santa Clara data centers from 2007 to 2012.