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Sun Microsystems Approved as Ceres Company: Sun Takes Lead in Energy Efficiency

Citing the company’s recent leap in environmentally minded products and incentive programs, the Ceres board of directors today announced it has approved Sun Microsystems, Inc. as a Ceres company.
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Feb 05, 2007

SANTA CLARA, CA- Citing the company’s recent leap in environmentally minded products and incentive programs, the Ceres board of directors today announced it has approved Sun Microsystems, Inc. as a Ceres company.

Sun is the first California-based high-tech company to join Ceres, a national coalition of investors, environmental groups and other public interest organizations working with companies to address sustainability challenges, such as global climate change. Sun is among more than 70 companies in the Ceres network, including 20 Fortune 500 companies.

In December 2005, Sun announced the industry’s first eco-responsible servers, the Sun Fire T1000 and T2000 servers featuring patented Cool Threads technology. These servers, which are three to five times more energy efficient than competing systems, draw as much power as a household light bulb and offer the best performance per watt of any processor available today. They are the only servers to qualify for Pacific Gas & Electric Company’s (PG&E) California-based energy efficiency rebate program.

PG&E, also a Ceres company, offers $700-$1000 rebates to customers that replace existing equipment with Sun’s energy efficient servers. A reduction in energy use of this kind is significant given that servers account for nearly four percent of the global carbon emissions emitted by humans each year.

“Companies that innovate succeed. Sun’s partnership with PG&E to boost its sales, while greening its product line, is exactly what our business environment demands,” said Ceres President Mindy S. Lubber. “Through our partnership with Sun, we look forward to further integrating sustainable practices into the company and translating that to the entire industry.”

“We are proud to be recognized as a Ceres company because our visions are so closely aligned,” said David Douglas, vice president of eco responsibility at Sun Microsystems.  “Both Ceres and Sun believe strongly in transparency, the power of sharing information, and breakthrough possibilities of innovating green technologies and business practices, both from an economic and environmental standpoint.  At Sun we believe that we've just scratched the surface on what's possible, and working with Ceres will accelerate our drive toward the vision.”

Companies that join Ceres must commit to engage with shareholders and other stakeholders on sustainability issues, to report publicly on sustainability performance and to make additional sustainability improvements.

Sun has implemented various programs to reduce its environmental footprint:

  • Through its Open Work program, nearly half of Sun's 40,000 employees work from home whenever possible to avoid commuting.  For 2006, Sun reported that its Open Work program accomplished the equivalent of permanently removing 6,700 cars from the road. Sun reduced its office space use by one sixth and saved over $60million dollars last year, in addition to reducing CO2 emissions associated with employee fuel use (18,000 metric tons saved).
  • For the third year in a row, Sun is among the top 10 Fortune 500 companies in decreasing air pollution, traffic congestion and fossil fuel use. Through Sun's global take-back program, less than 5% of the company's products end up in the waste stream.  This goes well beyond the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive, a European Union based effort, which requires that no more than 35 percent of a company's products enter landfills.
  • Sun is working with partners like the EPA, which approved Sun's pledge to reduce the company's total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2012.

For more data and information on Sun's Eco efforts, you may download the company's 2006 Annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report at sun.com/aboutsun/csr/

About Ceres
Founded in 1989, Ceres is a leading network of investors, environmental groups and other public interest organizations working with companies to address sustainability challenges such as global climate change.  Ceres also directs the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), comprised of more than 50 institutional investors who collectively manage nearly $3.7 trillion in assets.   For more information, visit www.ceres.org.

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