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NetApp: Serious about sustainability

Everything we do is to better serve our customers and the world we live in, and that requires us to reduce our global operational carbon footprint, and to help customers manage their data so that they can achieve their sustainability goals. Sustainability is part of our DNA.

Our commitment to sustainability

Starts with good stewardship

Top priorities from our 2022 materiality assessment include energy management and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions, especially in our value chain. We recognize the impact that data storage has on our environment, and together with customers and suppliers, we can make changes today that will reduce our collective environmental impact.

Ambitious and attainable GHG emissions reduction goals

Monitoring our emissions

At NetApp we are data driven. We continuously monitor and evaluate our GHG emissions, which is what informs our internal goals and practices. We’ve set shorter-term decarbonization goals that cover both direct and indirect emissions. We need to make improvements in our own operations and must work together with our suppliers and our customers to make impactful emissions reductions.

Scope 1 & 2 carbon emissions

We are well on our way to achieving a science-aligned target estimated at 42% for Scopes 1 & 2 by 2030. Strategies include continued purchase of renewable energy; management of our real estate footprint; and running highly efficient labs and data centers.

Scope 3 carbon emissions

We have set a 50% intensity reduction goal for Scope 3 emissions by 2030. Supplier and customer engagement will be crucial to our reduction efforts, as the Scope 3 categories of “Purchased goods & services (PG&S) and “Use of sold products” make up over 90% of NetApp’s total carbon emissions.

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Sustainable operations

We’re taking bold, sweeping actions to run our business more sustainably.

NetApp has office locations across the globe, and our Environmental Management System (EMS) conforms to the ISO 14001:2015 standard with nearly 100% of our global footprint covered. Our EMS helps us manage impacts and find opportunities to advance. We have robust energy, water and waste management strategies to help reduce our global carbon footprint.

Green building

Our international headquarters in Cork, located within Ireland’s largest urban regeneration project, is LEED Platinum certified.

NetApp Cork building view with an overlayed logo that reads, LEED PLATINUM 2022 - leadership in energy and environmental design

Renewable energy

100% of our Wichita State University Innovation Center facility’s electricity comes from wind energy.

NetApp Wichita office building

Carbon alternatives

Over 85% of our Bangalore, India site’s power draws from a combination of wind, hydro and solar.

NetApp Bangalore office building

Water conservation

Reclaimed water is used in our Research Triangle Park, North Carolina data center cooling towers.

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NetApp is building a cleaner future

We are committed to creating energy-efficient technologies that allow our customers to reduce their energy consumption, enabling them to reach their carbon footprint reduction goals.Since January 2022, this is an estimate based on hypothetical energy saved through ONTAP Storage Efficiency and ONTAP Hybrid Cloud Tiering, multiplied by a global average factor to translate energy usage to carbon emissions. This estimate is not a guarantee of current or future performance for NetApp customers, individually or in aggregate. For more information, please see (here)

Our customers are actively reducing energy consumption NetApp sustainability tracker,” NetApp, June 2023.

    • Capacity saved (TiB)
    • kWh Energy saved
    • Tons of carbon emissions averted

Circularity: Reduce, Reuse & Recycle

NetApp is finding ways to be more sustainable both upstream and downstream from our operations. From working with manufacturers to improve product packaging, to ensuring customers are using our free product take-back program, we are thoughtfully contributing to the circular economy.

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Reduced shipping materials

We’re downsizing the corrugated cardboard boxes and wood pallets used to ship products, further reducing our environmental impact.

Shipping efficiency

Select products now boast enhanced stacking strength, boosting shipping efficiency by 50%.

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Extending sustainability to products

See how netapp products can help you on your journey to sustainability.

NetApp awarded a GOLD medal

NetApp was awarded a GOLD medal by EcoVadis, the leading evidence-based ESG rating agency, providing supplier ratings across the themes of environment, labor & human rights, ethics and sustainable procurement. This places NetApp in the top 5% of companies rated by EcoVadis.

2023 EcoVadis sustainability award

CDP Disclosure

CDP runs the global disclosure system for companies to manage their environmental impacts. NetApp has voluntarily submitted questionnaires to CDP for almost a decade, and in 2022 received B scores for both climate change and water security.

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Environmental compliance

NetApp is committed to providing products and services that meet and exceed international standards. In addition to being ISO 14001 certified, we comply with all applicable global laws and regulations. The list is long but important and includes Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS), as well as REACH (Regulation for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) directives. 

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