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Energy and Emissions

Energy and Emissions

Infinera recognizes the effects of our business activities on climate change and the environment. We work diligently to reduce those impacts through continual improvement in corporate efficiency and industry-leading innovation in product design to reduce the carbon footprint of our customers. We believe that through continuous evaluation of our energy sourcing options and a focus on improvement and transparency, we can make a positive impact to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Our Commitment to Reduce Energy Consumption and Emissions

Infinera is committed to minimizing the negative impacts of our business on the environment, especially with regard to energy, emissions, and climate change. We recognize the greatest opportunity we have to make a tangible difference in the environment is by reducing our consumption of energy, leveraging renewable sources for energy and materials, and responsibly managing our greenhouse gas emissions.

As part of our commitment to the spirit of the Paris Agreement and its goal to keep the earth’s temperature below a 1.5˚ C increase from pre-industrial levels, in 2023 we submitted Scope 1, 2, and 3 greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets to SBTi (Science Based Targets initiative).

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Energy Consumption

In the graphic below, we share our energy consumption data for the last four years. Since the setting of our 2020 baseline, we have decreased our energy consumption by approximately 29%. We are proud of the efforts we have made to reduce our operational footprint, conserve energy, and source greener electricity.

In 2023, our global energy consumption decreased by approximately 8% from 2022. This is primarily attributed to the site consolidations of many of our facilities in Asia and Europe, resulting in lower consumption of electricity, district heating, and district cooling. Additionally, energy conservation initiatives, including consolidating test beds of legacy equipment, deactivating legacy equipment, implementing weekly DC/AC monitoring and analysis, and optimizing cooling efficiency in the lab, contributed to this reduction.

Energy Consumption (MWh)
2023
2022
2021
2020
Electricity
45,553
49,663
54,097
57,368
Natural gas and fuel oil
3,483
2,663
3,051
9,608
District heating and cooling
765
1,659
3,765
3,189
Total    
49,801
53,985
60,913
70,165

 

Scope 1 and Scope 2 Emissions

Reducing our carbon emissions to meet our reduction goals in our Scope 1, Scope 2, and Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 has been identified as one of the top priorities in our ESG strategy for the upcoming year. In 2023, due to our efforts to source renewable and carbon-free energy for our operations, we’ve experienced a notable decrease in our scope 2 market-based emissions of nearly 77% from our 2020 baseline.

*In 2022, our Lisbon site experienced an emissions excursion due to a fire caused by a loose cable. This one-time ex­cursion resulted in the release of 17,494 metric tons of CO2e, a Scope 1 emission. This table includes emissions from the excursion for transparency.

 

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Green Energy at Infinera

In 2024, we proudly hit the milestone of operating eight of our sites with 100% carbon-free energy and will continue advancing our efforts toward energy reduction at other locations. To achieve this, we plan to increase our use of renewable energy sources and employ various energy conscious technologies where feasible.

 

Site
Type of Energy
Percentage
Since
Milan, Italy
Solar, wind, hydro, biomass, and geothermal
100%
2014
Allentown, PA
Green electricity mix
100%
2022
Sunnyvale, CA
Green electricity mix
100%
2021
Lisbon, Portugal
Wind, hydro, and other renewables
100%
2019
Stockholm, Sweden
Hydropower
100%
2023
Espoo, Finland
Wind and Hydro
100%
2019
Munich, Germany
Renewable energy mix
60%
2022
Bangalore, India
Hydropower and wind
90%
2023
San Jose, CA
Carbon free energy mix
95%
2022
Richardson, TX
Green electricity mix
100%
2022
Ottawa, Canada
Renewable energy mix
90%
2023
Annapolis Junction, MD
Solar
100%
2024

Infinera Recognized for Environmental Programs

Our Sunnyvale and San Jose facilities were recognized by Silicon Valley Clean Energy for reducing demand on the energy grid during a historic heat wave in California.

Infinera was recognized by the Direct Energy Business for Outstanding Leadership in Addressing Climate Change through our purchase of 29,323.31 megawatt hours (MWhs) of renewable energy attributes.

Our San Jose site received the Evergreen IT Solutions Sustainability Award for recycling 100,000 lbs of e-waste.

Infinera’s XR optics product was awarded the Green Future Best Practice Award by Deutsche Telecom for its reduction in footprint and power consumption.

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Climate Protection

Infinera is committed to reduce our carbon emissions and footprint by implementing new processes and initiatives.
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Our Products

Infinera’s innovative products increase bandwidth while reducing power consumption.
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Our Planet

Infinera’s products and ESG programs work to meet the needs of a 1.5˚ C world by reducing our impact on the planet.
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Circular Economy

Infinera is continually looking for ways to recycle, reuse, or otherwise extend product life and circularity.