At The G8 Summit Sun Microsystems Profiles Technology’s Role in Sustainability

Sun Sponsorship Highlights Technology Industry’s Responsibility to Create an Economically, Socially and Environmentally Sustainable Planet

Gleneagles, Scotland
July 6, 2005

Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq: SUNW), extending its commitment to a sustainable planet, today announced its participation as the official partner in the technology sector for the G8 Gleneagles 2005 Summit, taking place in Scotland July 6 – 8, 2005. Keeping with the central theme of climate change, Sun Microsystems will showcase the contribution that technology can make to the future health of the planet. At the Summit, Sun is providing technology for delegates and the global media to share progress of this critical global event.

Through its involvement in programs such as the G8 Summit and the UK’s Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change, Sun is taking a global leadership role in ensuring that technology builds an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable planet. Sun is committed to advancing the Participation Age – an era in which technology truly enables human interaction and collaboration on a global scale.

“Our sponsorship of the G8 Summit sends a clear message that actions must be taken now to reduce the amount of carbon emitted as a by-product of technologies today. It is the responsibility of us all to make computing and technology as a whole, more sustainable,” said Trudy Norris-Grey, senior vice president and managing director of Sun Microsystems, UK. “The technology we are demonstrating at this year’s Summit showcases some of the highest performance technologies available in the market that are developed and manufactured to be as sustainable as possible. This is the participation age – everyone involved in technology, whether they manufacture it or consume it, must act now and become more responsible in their attitudes towards IT, whether that’s recycling PCs, sharing code and best practice or challenging traditional purchasing models.”

Delegates and media attending the G8 meetings will have the opportunity to use Sun Ray systems running the latest version of Sun’s StarOffice Suite and Sun Java Desktop Systems Release 3. The ultra-thin client server architecture of the Sun Ray technology provides users with the functionality of a personal computer and the power of the server.

A Sun Ray client requires, on average, 15 watts of power in comparison to the 300 watts required for the average PC; the heat output is one-tenth of a PC; and considerably less energy and environmentally sensitive material is required to manufacture a SunRay client.

Commenting on the sponsorship, a Foreign & Commonwealth Office spokesperson said: “We are delighted to welcome Sun Microsystems on board as a G8 sponsor. Climate change is a central theme to our presidency, and we welcome the work Sun has done to build sustainability into its products. We look forward to working closely with them at the Summit.”

Sun Microsystems’ Sustainable Computing Strategy is part of a wider ‘Sustainable’ program from the company that is aimed at improving how technology is developed, utilized and acquired across the globe. For more information please visit

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