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Climate

Addressing climate change is a priority for us.

Mitigating climate risks and reducing our Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions are integrated into our long-term strategic planning and operations management.

Tracking our emissions
We recently committed to being carbon neutral across our global operations by 2024, in line with the following scope of activity:
Scope 1 Emissions: Scope 2 Emissions: Scope 3 Emissions:
  • Natural gas consumption
  • Fuel consumption for rented vehicles
  • Diesel generator emissions
  • Fugitive emissions from refrigerants
  • Natural gas consumption
  • Business travel
  • Contract manufacturing emissions
  • Waste generated in operations
  • Employee commuting
  • Downstream transportation and distribution

We are also seeking to explore and understand the impact of setting a science-based target for our business in order to more closely align our ambitions with the goals of the Paris Climate Accord, and we will be partnering with a third-party expert in this field to facilitate this objective.

Environmental Steering Committee

Our commitment to leadership in conservation

To deliver on our carbon neutrality commitment, we established a new cross-functional Environmental Steering Committee (ESC) in 2020 to provide leadership and oversight for initiatives that support our ongoing commitment to reduce the environmental impact of our operations. Among other things, the ESC will assist the Executive Leadership Team in:

  • Implementing functional, geographic, or enterprise-wide programs or goals to support our carbon neutrality goal
  • Understanding the impact upon our operations of undertaking a science-based carbon-reduction target
  • Developing, implementing, and monitoring policies intended to promote our environmental goal and targets

The Ciena Forest

A tree for every new hire, achievement, and milestone

In June 2020, we partnered with Tree-Nation to offset some of our operational emissions by planting a tree for every employee. We continue to grow the Ciena Forest as we gift more trees to new hires, celebrate achievements, and recognize milestones. We also give our employees the option to plant more trees, to become a serial planter, or to share our forest with family and friends, so they can plant their own trees.

Additionally, through this partnership, we took a significant step in October 2020, offsetting 45,623 tons of CO2 by purchasing Verified Carbon Units (VCU) to offset the entirety of our fiscal 2019 business travel and energy consumption emissions, which represent 43 percent of our total emissions for the year.

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Our work in numbers

The Ciena Forest on energy emissions 45,623 tons CO2 offset by purchasing Verified Carbon Units (VCU) to offset the entirety of our fiscal 2019 business travel and energy consumption emissions, which represent 43% of our total emissions for the year.
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