At Citrix, our greatest impact comes as a result of all of us working to pursue common goals. Our solutions help address some of the world’s most pressing challenges, including the climate crisis. With 100 million Citrix users in more than 100 countries, we have the scale needed to make a significant impact.
As a company headquartered on the Florida coast, we are keenly aware of the consequences of the climate crisis, and we are committed to decreasing our environmental impact, and crucially, the impact of our customers.
The recent wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington State are just the latest example of the volatile, changing world that the scientific community predicted decades ago. Recent analysis1 found that climate change plays an unequivocal and pervasive role in increasing the intensity and length of fire conditions.
The consequences of climate change, however, go beyond the physical, intersecting with people’s lives in profound ways, resulting in significant social and economic costs. A 2017 study published by the United Nations Department of Economic & Social Affairs that outlined how “initial inequality causes the disadvantaged groups to suffer disproportionately from the adverse effects of climate change, resulting in greater subsequent inequality.”2
This year, we have witnessed firsthand the inequity of climate change, and how the impact on the most marginalized groups in our society is exacerbated when disruptions wreak havoc on people’s lives disproportionately. A 2018 study by researchers from the University of Washington and the Nature Conservancy3 found that low-income neighborhoods and immigrant communities often lack the resources to prepare for wildfires, pay for adequate insurance, or cover rebuilding costs, increasing their overall vulnerability. The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has worsened conditions even further for many, increasing inequality amongst groups who were already suffering.
The need for action is immediate. As a trusted technology partner with hundreds of thousands of customers globally, spanning nearly every industry around the world, we believe our biggest opportunity is to enable greenhouse gas emissions reduction at scale. We do this by helping our customers dramatically improve their energy efficiency, resulting in a positive impact on the living conditions of people around the world. Our technology can enable economic opportunity and sustainability more broadly—a powerful and motivating combination.
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In addition to the typical challenges faced by organizations in both the private and public sectors, the risks of climate change and business continuity are ever apparent. The impacts are all around us, and has been shown to increase the intensity and length of wildfires, including those recently experienced in California, Oregon and Washington State.
And this issue remains long after the fires have been extinguished as businesses work to restore their operations and communities struggle to recover from devastating losses. The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated conditions even further for many, increasing inequality among groups who were already suffering.
Citrix is helping with solutions such as these:
When 20 percent of the student population at the University of Sydney were unable to return to campus for classes due to bushfires, local flooding, and the COVID-19 virus, the university teamed up with Citrix to create an online learning environment in just one week.
Over the past two years, the City of Corona, California, has been affected by severe wildfires that destroyed homes and forced evacuations. To cope with disasters such as these, the city wants its employees to be able to work from anywhere with full access to its systems and data. Citrix Workspace is not only enabling Corona to achieve that goal, but also increasing the effectiveness of its services delivery and simplifying collaboration across departments.
The climate crisis isn’t going away. But businesses and the public sector can maintain continuity of their operations and maximize their IT investments by deploying Citrix remote solutions.
At Citrix, we understand that our role in reducing energy consumption starts with our products, which enable anyone to work from anywhere—reducing transportation emissions from commuting and enabling a shift to more energy-efficient devices.
For example, our Citrix Workspace product eliminates the need for applications and data to reside on endpoint devices. This puts product sustainability into practice, allowing customers to transition away from more energy-intensive desktops with large screen displays and high-performance processors toward more energy-efficient laptops. And because no data is required to live on these devices, it can extend the useful life of an individual device by up to 40 percent4. This can significantly decrease an organization’s energy demand and reduce waste. Citrix Workspace—combined with flexible remote work policies—can drive down corporate office space needs and reduce employee commuting, further reducing a company’s carbon footprint.
According to a recent PwC survey5, the majority of CEOs believe that COVID-19 pandemic-driven shifts towards remote collaboration and fewer people working from offices are likely to stay.
Citrix Workspace allows customers to transition away from more energy-intensive desktops with large screen displays and high-performance processors toward more energy-efficient laptops.
When organizations deploy Citrix Workspace and manage client devices to optimize for energy efficiency, they can—depending on the size of their employee base—dramatically decrease the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) associated with client computing. That’s because giving employees the ability to work on any device, on any network anywhere, can decrease reliance on fossil fuels and lessen the burden of traffic congestion.
As an example, emissions from transportation account for 14 percent of global GHGs and 28 percent of GHGs in the United States6. In the U.S., transportation is the largest contributor to GHG emissions7, and prior to the pandemic, over 75 percent8 of Americans commuted to work by private car. Work from home employees in the U.S. avoid emitting 3.6 million tons of commuting-related GHGs, which is the equivalent of 91 million trees planted9.
Reduced GHGs from transportation also contributes to better air quality, a reduction in chronic health issues, less dependency on fossil fuels, a healthier natural environment, and more livable cities. Likewise, reduced energy use overall can reduce pressure on aging utilities infrastructure.
of Americans commuted by car.
of commuting-related GHGs were avoided by work-from-home employees in the U.S..
equivalent number of trees planted.
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Centrica plc is an international energy services and solutions company serving 26 million customers in the UK, Ireland and North America. The business has 30,000 employees around the world, ranging from customer contact centers to energy traders working in the financial markets. Centrica is committed to protecting the planet and is targeting to be carbon neutral by 2050.
Centrica used a virtual desktop solution running on physical servers in its data centers. While the solution functioned well, it was difficult to scale. Centrica turned to Fujitsu Managed Mobile, part of the Citrix End User Services portfolio, to develop a new solution using Citrix Cloud services and Citrix application delivery controller.
Powered by Microsoft Azure® and Citrix Cloud services, the solution makes it possible for Centrica to go rapidly from 2,000 users a day to 14,000, taking tens of thousands of customer calls. Almost immediately, the company had entire contact centers working from home. And as it added more people, the platform auto-scaled to handle the additional workload.
Auto-scaling means Centrica doesn’t have a large IT infrastructure footprint running 24/7 in a dedicated data center.
Auto-scaling means Centrica doesn’t have a large IT infrastructure footprint running 24/7 in a dedicated data center. This results in reduced on-premises computing and electrical power consumption. At the same time, the solution makes Centrica’s workforce more flexible than ever—with fewer cars on the road and potentially fewer offices in the future.
Citrix solutions help Centrica reduce its energy consumption and commuting-related emissions—and move it closer to its goal of carbon neutrality.
Like many of our customers, we too are committed to decreasing our environmental footprint. We calculated Citrix’s Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 (business travel and employee commuting) greenhouse gas emissions footprint and will be setting reduction targets over the near-term now that a baseline has been formulated.
(Scope 1 and 2 MT CO2e)
|2019 Emissions by Scope*||Metric tonnes CO2e|
(business travel; employee commuting)
|Emissions by Country||Scope 1||Scope2||Total|
|United States of America||2,224||12,045||14,269|
|United Kingdom of Great Britain and Nothern Ireland||83
* In February 2021, Citrix engaged KPMG to conduct an independent accountant’s review of our greenhouse gas emissions and diversity and inclusion metrics. As a result, updates have been made to our 2019 data in order to improve accuracy as we use this reporting year as a baseline for future reporting.
We design our offices and facilities to minimize energy consumption and waste and encourage our employees to reduce their ecological footprint.
This year, Citrix has submitted corporate climate data and strategy information to CDP, the voluntary global environmental disclosure platform.
Some of the ways we are minimizing our impact on the environment are:
Consolidating engineering labs.
Allocating resources for automation to turn devices on and off.
Working with green companies for the recycling of decommissioned IT hardware.
Reducing and/or removing single-use plastics in our cafés and break rooms.
Providing EV charging stations at our Fort Lauderdale, Raleigh and Santa Clara offices.
Installing LED fixtures as part of our new build and construction projects.
Maximizing natural light, LED lighting, photovoltaic electricity and optimizing HVAC and lab equipment for minimal power use.
Eliminating most of the bottled water from offices and using biodegradable, recyclable and/or reusable products.
Following LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) principles in relevant offices.
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Nudie Jeans is an internationally acclaimed brand specializing in sustainably sourced and produced denim. The company takes pride in its socially and environmentally responsible production process and operations. Dedicated to a “wear, tear and repair mindset” rather than fast fashion, it operates repair and re-use centers for its jeans.
Nudie Jeans’ move to cloud computing started when it opened direct operations in America. The company partnered with Citrix Gold Solution Advisor Xenit to design a new IT infrastructure to provide all employees—wherever they are—with access to the apps and information they require while supporting Nudie Jeans’ sustainability goals, which includes carbon neutrality across its entire supply chain by 2025.
Using Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops and Microsoft Azure, Xenit centralized Nudie’s apps and data to give employees secure, real-time access to company resources regardless of device. The new virtual desktop benefits employees everywhere, making mobile and flexible working a practical reality.
Nudie Jeans’ Citrix on Azure solution is easily scalable.
Nudie Jeans’ Citrix on Azure solution is easily scalable. For example, if other distributor operations are acquired, or as its U.S. operations grow, the cloud-based infrastructure can be scaled up or replicated to create additional regional hubs.
The solution has proved so successful that Nudie Jeans plans to move all of its IT operations to Azure and Citrix Cloud service.
We are working to reduce our energy and waste across our facilities. Renewable energy is now the source of over 75 percent of electricity consumption at our main data center location, and 90 percent of energy consumed at our India operations is from renewable sources, avoiding 7,050 tons of carbon emissions.
of electricity consumption at our main data center location is sourced by renewable energy.
of energy consumed at our India operations is from renewable sources.
tons of carbon emissions avoided.
Investments in sustainable design features and green operations go into the development and expansion of our offices. Our real estate team identifies and addresses opportunities to reduce our carbon footprint, use alternative energy, and source green furniture, fixtures and equipment. When we build or complete full-scale renovations of our larger offices, we follow Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) principles where appropriate. We have also explored and reduced building system run times/peak utilization in certain sites to avoid excessive cooling/heating, thus lowering our utility consumption.
Global renovations include sustainable design elements such as maximizing natural light, adding motion sensors, installing light dimmers and timers, converting to LED fixtures, using low-flow faucets with aerators, decreasing shipping materials to the least possible amount that protects the shipment, automating controls to reduce consumption and waste, and optimizing HVAC and lab equipment for minimal power draw. Larger offices include photovoltaic electricity and water heaters that run on thermal solar.
We reuse, recycle and/or divert landfill items like plastic bags, packing foam, cardboard, wood, metal, electronic waste, fluorescent bulbs and batteries. Most recently we have removed single-use plastics in our consumables for café break rooms and office supplies, cutlery and utensils, and are now using primarily plant-based products. We’ve switched to the most sustainable items that we can, covering over 90 percent of single-use items in these areas.
In the near-term, COVID-19 impacts our ability to eliminate items that are not truly sustainable, such as individually wrapped cutlery in the break rooms. We are committed to supporting our ongoing efforts to decrease our carbon footprint and look forward to continuously improving this area when it is appropriate to do so.