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Reducing our Impact

When you purchase products or services from Dell, you expect that they were made in a way that minimizes environmental impact. After all, environmental responsibility is about more than just creating an eco-friendly product or initiative.

As global citizens, we are committed to minimizing the impact of our operations and those of our supply chain on the planet and the communities we live and work in. We believe it’s possible to succeed in business without doing harm to the environment. Central to this idea is the practice of using resources and managing wastes responsibly. We focus on the following:
  • Climate change: the world is increasingly faced with the challenges of climate change. Technology can and should help solve the problem, not worsen it.
  • Energy: by optimizing our energy use and increasing our purchase of renewably-generated electricity, we can reduce our facilities’ footprints.
  • Waste: waste of any kind is an opportunity for improvement – an indicator of resources that could be better utilized.

Addressing climate change

Dell recognizes that climate change is real and must be mitigated, and we support efforts to reduce global emissions to levels guided by science. We know our customers are looking for ways to curb their own emissions and they expect us to do the same.
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At Dell, this involves reducing our own footprint while helping customers reduce theirs through various means, including energy efficiency. We also recognize that climate change is a global challenge, and sharing data while demonstrating improvement is at the core of what’s needed. We track our GHG emissions and set a high bar for improvement.

Explore our Dell Corporate Responsibility Reports for information on our fiscal year-specific emissions numbers. Additionally, we report to the CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, which serves as the world's largest database of primary corporate climate change information) and ask our suppliers to do the same. And customers can further help through our Plant a Tree program, allowing them to offset the carbon dioxide emissions associated with the use of their Dell products while supporting reforestation efforts.

Energy plays a special role

Part of our efforts to reduce our environmental footprint include energy conservation combined with green electricity purchases. Within Dell’s facilities, we use energy to run office and data center equipment, heat and cool our buildings, and operate a small fleet of on-site security and maintenance vehicles. Electricity makes up the largest proportion (approximately 82 percent) of our facility energy use. Most of the rest comes from fuel used in vehicles leased by Dell (used primarily by members of our global sales force).

To keep energy use in check, we engage in various energy efficiency improvements across our operations like lighting retrofits, motor replacements and building control upgrades. New facilities incorporate designs with more natural lighting, sun shading and improved cooling systems.

We also have a strong commitment to purchasing electricity from renewable sources. We are continually expanding the number of facilities that purchase some or all of their electricity needs from renewable sources, and current purchases account for more than 22 percent of our total electricity use globally. Our Round Rock, Texas headquarters in the United States has purchased all of its electricity needs from renewable sources since late 2007. Additionally, we use on-site solar generation and solar hot water heating at other global facilities.

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Dell employs highly efficient manufacturing and operational processes that reduce the amount of waste generated. We consistently reuse or recycle more than 95 percent of nonhazardous solid waste in our manufacturing.

We have also set a goal to divert 90 percent of all waste generated in Dell-operated buildings from landfills by 2020.

Water is another area where we are keen to reduce our impact and save precious resources. While Dell is not a large water consumer, we do operate in some water-stressed regions. We committed to reducing water use in those areas by 20 percent by 2020.

We welcome you to explore our other 2020 goals as part of our long term sustainability plan.

Of course, achieving these goals takes commitment. In addition to dedicated teams, we promote recycling and reuse through internal communications and work with our Planet Employee Resource Group and other employee groups to help build a cultural commitment to environmentally responsible behavior.