How we’re helping tackle the 21st century’s greatest environmental challenge.
We are at a crossroads. Climate change is no longer a problem to be solved by future generations – it is our reality today and the social, environmental and economic effects are becoming increasingly evident. The world has seen enough of the “less bad” approach and begs for real action from all of us.
As a large global company, our environmental impact occurs throughout our whole business ecosystem. We must act across our spheres of influence — from suppliers to operations to customers and beyond — to protect the planet.
The time to act is now
Look up and you may think the sky is limitless, but there is a hidden reality. Our atmosphere is actually just a thin shell surrounding the planet, protecting us and all other life on Earth. While the climate is always changing, human-caused global warming pollution is building up and trapping heat. We are starting to see the consequences pile up. In fact, 19 of the 20 hottest years ever measured with instruments have occurred since 2001.
It can be overwhelming, but there is hope.
The good news is that many of the solutions needed to help us avoid the worst of climate change are available to us now. Dell Technologies has already made significant commitments in this area and we believe technology play an integral role in helping our customers meet their climate goals, too.
On the road to net zero by 2050
Dell Technologies is committed to reaching net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across Scopes 1, 2 and 3 by 2050.
This is a bold commitment, but not all net-zero goals are created equal. The best of them go beyond balancing emissions with carbon offset activities. To make sustainable and permanent changes, businesses must first change themselves, shrinking emissions to the smallest amount possible before considering how to offset what remains.
Climate action cannot wait until 2050 for changes. That is why we have set aggressive targets along the way. We set a goal of reducing our Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 50% by 2030 - a target approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) as consistent with reductions required to keep warming to 1.5°C, the most ambitious goal of the Paris Agreement. We’ve also committed to purchasing 75% of our electricity from renewables by 2030 and 100% by 2040.
Operational GHG emissions are only part of the story. The largest parts of Dell Technologies’ carbon footprint occur upstream in our supply chain and downstream as our customers use our products. So we are partnering with our direct material suppliers to meet a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 60% per unit revenue by 2030. This meet the SBTi’s criteria for ambitious value chain goals, meaning it is in line with current best practice. We are also in the process of setting new product-related goals that will build on our efforts to reduce the energy intensity of our entire product portfolio by 80% (2011-2020).
Technology can help customers reduce emissions
In addition to taking responsibility for our emissions and mitigating climate risks, we believe technology in the hands of our customers can have a tremendous impact in reducing the emissions from other sources.
Beyond using high-performance computing for climate research, technologies such as cloud, edge and IoT, big data and data analytics, and AI and machine learning will all be deployed to transform systems, particularly around energy, land use, waste, water, transportation, manufacturing and the operation of the built environment.