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Red Hat announces net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030

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Red Hat has announced its ambition to achieve net-zero operational greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, to aid in combatting the global climate crisis.

Red Hat’s 2030 operational net-zero goal follows a science-aligned pathway to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and includes scope one and two emissions, and scope three emissions associated with Red Hat’s electricity consumption in third-party colocation data centres. The company has been through rigorous exercises to develop an emissions accounting profile establishing the baseline year of 2019.

“By creating a comprehensive roadmap that is built on our open hybrid cloud strategy and aligned to IBM’s overall climate goals, we will reduce the impact we have on the environment and preserve the planet for generations to come,” said Red Hat president and CEO Matt Hicks. “We all play a role in reducing our carbon footprint and this is just one of the many ways that Red Hat is doing our part.”

To achieve the net-zero goal by 2030 or sooner, Red Hat will reduce its operational greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 to 65% of those in 2019, and prioritise energy efficiency efforts and renewable energy procurement. The goal will be 75% renewable electricity by 2025 and 90% by 2030.

Red Hat plans to expand renewable energy contracts to support the full operations of top-consuming facilities and deploy sustainable design standards throughout the company’s real estate portfolio to reduce consumption.

To drive continual improvement among suppliers and within its own value chain, Red Hat will:

  • Engage ⅔ of suppliers (by spending) by 2027 and ask them to establish and maintain their own environmental management systems, and set goals to reduce their GHG emissions. 
  • Invest in open-source software standardisation projects, and communities, such as the CNCF Environmental Sustainability Working Group, to harness the power of open source in helping customers, partners, suppliers, and other stakeholders to meet their climate goals and improve emissions.
  • Develop a methodology for measuring software energy consumption and evolve reduction targets.

Red Hat will document and publicly disclose its GHG emissions reduction journey through the company’s annual Community and Social Responsibility (CSR) report and website to ensure transparency and accountability. Red Hat’s 2019–2021 GHG emissions data is available in Red Hat’s 2021 CSR report. These goals align with IBM’s commitment to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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