Sun earns EPA accolades for beating GHG emissions goal

Company reduces GHG levels by 23 percent five years earlier than promised

Sun has beaten its goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by five years, the company reports, an achievement that's earned the Sun praise from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Sun originally committed to a 20 percent reduction of GHG emissions over 2002 levels in the United States by 2012. However, the company says its emissions have dropped by 23 percent to date. The company has pledged an additional 20 percent GHG-emissions reduction from worldwide operations over 2007 levels by 2015.

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"EPA applauds our corporate partners who are reducing their climate footprints in cost-effective ways," said EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson in a provided statement. "Not only is Sun contributing to this country's energy independence, Sun is proving that businesses can save green by going green."

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company attributes its green success to a couple of factors. First, there's its Eco Inovation initiative, through which Sun promotes an "actionable path" to cutting energy bills and IT environmental impact through a simple three-step approach of assessing, optimizing and virtualizing IT infrastructures.

The company also points to the efficiency of its SPARC Enterprise servers with CoolThreads technology, some of which are eligible for energy-efficiency incentives from Pacific Gas and Electric, the utility that serves Northern Calfornia.

Additionally (though not mentioned in the announcement), Sun offers a telecommuting program which, among other benefits, reduces carbon emissions by keeping employees out of their vehicles.