Dell’s Facility Energy Efficiency Efforts

Gibson, Sarah
(Dell EHS & Facilities Sustainability Departments)

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In June 2007, CEO Michael Dell announced that he wanted Dell Inc. to be the “greenest IT company in the world.” While Dell is already known environmentally for its electronics recovery and recycling programs, activities to reduce and offset the impact of the company’s carbon footprint have accelerated. Electricity usage accounts for about 98% of Dell’s operations-related emissions globally. This paper describes Dell’s short- and long-term strategies to reduce carbon emissions attributed to facility energy use, and some recent successes in improving energy efficiency in its operations.

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