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Dell global HQ turns 100% green

Posted: 04 Apr 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:carbon neutral 

Taking the latest step in achieving its 2008 carbon neutral commitment, Dell is powering 100 percent of its 21 lakh (2.1 million) square-foot global headquarters campus with 100 percent green power.

The PC maker is using all of the power generated from Waste Management's Austin Community Landfill gas-to-energy plant, meeting 40 percent of Dell headquarters' campus power needs. The remaining 60 percent comes from existing wind farms and is provided by TXU Energy.

"It's time for our industry to take a lead role in creating a clean energy future," said Paul Bell, president, Dell Americas. "Today, we are challenging every technology company to work with their suppliers and partners in integrating green power and energy-efficient strategies into their operations."

"Powering an entire campus with green power, in partnership with these two leading companies, is an important step in becoming the greenest technology company on the planet and the right thing to do for our shared earth," Bell added. "At the same time we're using green technology to drive operating expense down."

Dell also announced it is increasing green power use for its Austin Parmer Campus, provided by Austin Energy, from eight to 17 percent. The company is a leading participant in Austin Energy's GreenChoice power program. Dell also is powering its Twin Falls, Idaho, facility with 100 percent green power, 97 percent of which is wind power and three percent solar.

Green initiative
In September 2007, Dell announced it would make company owned and leased facilities "carbon neutral" in 2008 through a strategy of improving energy efficiency in its operations and maximising the purchase of renewable power. This commitment is part of the company's climate strategy that also seeks to minimise carbon impact of supplier operations and customer product use.

Operational initiatives to increase efficiency and reduce electricity use already implemented on Dell's central Texas campuses are expected to save the company nearly Rs.7.90 crore ($2 million) annually in operating costs and cutting CO2 equivalent emissions by nearly 12,000 tons per year. The purchase of green power gives Dell price certainty on its operational costs for power, and the company expects it may see cost benefits to using green power in the future.





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