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Implementing Environmental Best Practices

We are actively reducing our environmental footprint through waste management, energy management, and green building.

Learn more about Synopsys’ environmental efforts 

Our vision of a better tomorrow includes a healthy and vibrant environment. Primarily a software company with a small number of hardware products, Synopsys’ largest environmental impact stems from the operation of our facilities rather than from the creation of our products.

To achieve the greatest possible reduction of these impacts, we have implemented environmental best practices at our headquarters facilities and increasingly at our facilities around the world. We are actively reducing our environmental footprint through:

  • Waste management
  • Energy management
  • Green building

A Leader in All We Do

As a global citizen, we seek continuous improvement in our efforts to implement environmental best practices at Synopsys’ facilities. While proud of the accomplishments to date, particularly in the areas of waste management, energy management, and green building, Synopsys will continue to expand and adopt best environmental practices around the world. We are proud to be a leader in all that we do, whether it is providing products and services that accelerate innovation in the global electronics market or delivering on our Global Citizenship responsibilities.

Award-Winning Waste Management

A commitment to implementing waste reduction strategies at headquarters has resulted in waste reduction, cost savings, and multiple CalRecycle Waste Recycling and Prevention awards.

70 percent waste reduction: In 2007, we launched waste reduction efforts at headquarters through employee education, reuse, recycle, and compost. Currently 70 percent of our waste is kept of out landfills. We have maintained this high rate even as our employee headcount increased, resulting in a decrease in waste per employee over time. 

Waste Reduction

Minimizing e-waste: Working on the cutting edge of the global electronics industry requires the latest technology. Our Technology Loaner Program allows staff to re-use decommissioned equipment if their equipment requires updates or repair. This keeps us from over purchasing and helps us maximize the productive use of our equipment. When we can no longer use equipment, we donate it to non-profit organizations and schools.


Prioritizing supplies with recycled content: Starting in 2006, we informed our vendors that reducing waste was a priority for us and needed to be a priority for them as well. As a result, over one-third of our office supplies at headquarters contain at least 50% recycled content.

Electronic product distribution: Synopsys modified its End User License and Management Agreement, defaulting to electronic delivery of our products except in cases where prohibited by law. Electronic distribution eliminates the use of physical CDs, DVDs, USB thumb drives, printed guides, boxes, plastic wrapping, and other shipping materials. By using less paper for guides, we are also using fewer factory inks and coatings, reducing air and water pollution. In countries like Japan and Israel, where our customers require physical shipments for tax and accounting reasons, we have worked with vendors to:

  • Print only with environmentally-friendly inks on environmentally-friendly paper
  • Reduce or eliminate dyes from packaging
  • Eliminate printed inserts for CDs and DVDs
  • Transmit files via re-usable USB stick drives, avoiding the need for one-time-use-only CDs and DVDs

Electronic order processing: By switching to electronic order processing, we use 2,640 fewer reams of paper annually, reducing our carbon emissions by almost 50 tons each year.

Energy Management: Maximizing Efficiency

Synopsys is committed to energy efficient operations, which is why we focus on energy efficient offices and data centers, data and information so we can better manage our energy consumption, and demand response.

  • Energy efficient buildings: According to the U.S. EPA, our headquarters buildings are in the top 12 percent of U.S. office buildings for energy performance. 
  • Data centers: We recently modified our data centers to use space more efficiently while reducing cooling needs.
  • Proactive equipment maintenance: Synopsys practices preventative maintenance of equipment, rather than failure-based repair. We regularly fine-tune our equipment to ensure peak performance.
  • Vigilant energy monitoring: We use sophisticated tools such as Snapmeter energy analytics and the ARHIBUS software platform to deliver energy savings.
  • Participation in demand response: We reduce our facilities’ energy use during peak demand to alleviate the strain on California’s power supply. 
Data Center Energy Management

Green Building: Going for Gold

LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a globally-recognized green building certification program that helps building owners and operators reduce carbon emissions, improve energy efficiency, and improve indoor environmental quality. The different levels of certification – certified, silver, gold, and platinum – acknowledge the degree of achievement of building strategies and practices.

Our commitment to implementing best environmental practices made joining the LEED program an obvious choice not only for headquarters but for branch offices around the world. 

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Synopsys Facilities with LEED Certification
49,837 square feet
LEED GOLD > 45% indoor water use reduction, saving 323,000 gallons annually
> 28.4% lighting power reduction
> 22% HVAC energy use reduction, saving 2,750,000 kBtu annually
> 88% ENERGY STAR certified equipment
> 84.8% construction waste diversion rate, keeping 2.12 tons of waste out of landfills
31,126 square feet
LEED PLATINUM > 44% indoor water use reduction, saving 272,000 gallons annually
> 36% lighting power reduction
> 91% ENERGY STAR certified equipment
> 88.21% construction waste diversion rate, keeping 3.59 tons of waste out of landfills
> Recognized for exemplary performance in water use reduction, regional materials, and green power
Recognized for innovation in low-mercury lighting and Cradle-to-Cradle products
31,678 square feet
LEED GOLD > 40% indoor water use reduction, saving 148,000 gallons annually
> 29.69% lighting power reduction
> 100% ENERGY STAR certified equipment
> 85.61% construction waste diversion rate, keeping 15.89 tons of waste out of landfills
22,840 square feet
LEED CERTIFIED > 90% of equipment is ENERGY STAR certified
> 20% energy performance improvement through efficient lighting
> 20% reduction in portable water usage
> 20% recycled content in building materials



Building A
65,000 square feet
LEED GOLD > 42% indoor water use reduction
>72% consumables waste diversion rate, keeping 43 tons of waste out of landfills
>41% lighting power reduction
>100% of e-waste is reused or recycled
>79% of the on-site project construction waste was diverted from the landfill.
Building B
65,000 square feet
LEED GOLD > 42% indoor water use reduction
>72% consumables waste diversion rate, keeping 43 tons of waste out of landfills
>41% lighting power reduction
>100% of e-waste is reused or recycled
>79% of the on-site project construction waste was diverted from the landfill.