National Partnership for Environmental Priorities (NPEP)

Today Dell will become the newest partner in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Partnership for Environmental Priorities (NPEP) program. Members of the company’s environmental affairs and asset recovery teams will formally accept the invitation at the agency’s National Resource Conservation & Recovery Act Division Directors meeting in Austin.

NPEP is a voluntary program in which private and public companies organizations partner with EPA to reduce the use or release of 31 priority chemicals beyond regulatory requirements.

Dell has an ongoing program to reduce lead from computer monitors. Starting in 2003, we committed to eliminating 104 million pounds of lead by substituting flat panel monitors for standard CRTs. By the beginning of 2006, we had completed 81 percent of our goal, leaving approximately 20 million pounds to reduce. We expect to achieve our original goal by January 2008.

While we are proud of our achievements, we understand environmental leadership goes well beyond goal setting. As a company, Dell is committed to leading the industry and maintaining responsibility throughout a product’s entire lifecycle. An important part of this leadership is exploring new ways to minimize our own environmental impact, as well as consistently challenging others in the industry to join us in making a difference.

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About the Author: David Lear

David Lear serves as the Vice President of Dell’s sustainability programs, and works to create long-term stakeholder value and opportunities by integrating economic, social, and environmental responsibility into Dell’s core business strategies. His team engages key stakeholders including customers, NGOs, regulators, industry groups, and agencies to collaborate on global policy and standards development. This includes managing strategic giving and community partnerships that demonstrate the enabling power of technology to drive both business and sustainability outcomes. David joined Dell in 2006 as Director of Product Safety and Environmental Affairs, responsible for the delivery of Dell global product compliance programs. Previously, Lear served in various roles in design and manufacturing in the Test & Measurement industry, where he specialized in the development of product technologies. David holds a BS in Chemistry and Biology from Missouri State University, and a MBA from the University of Indianapolis.