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We applaud the growing number of countries that have already set ambitious targets for climate action. In this context, we support the conclusion of a climate change agreement in Paris that takes a strong step forward toward a low carbon, sustainable future.

We recognize that delaying action on climate change will be costly in economic and human terms, while
accelerating the transition to a low‐carbon economy will produce multiple benefits with regard to sustainable economic growth, public health, resilience to natural disasters, and the health of the global environment.

At Dell, we believe technology has an important role to play in both mitigating and adapting to climate change. While we will continue to focus on better understanding and managing our carbon footprint, we see our most important role as a provider of technology that will drive research, innovation and meaningful action. With this in mind, Dell puts forth the following pledges for action by 2020 that will reduce our footprint and help our customers to reduce theirs.

Dell pledges to:
  • Reduce global absolute GHG emissions, Scopes 1 and 2 [MT CO2e] Market-Based, by 40% by 2020, compared to our 2012 baseline (updated after integration with EMC).
  • Increase purchases of renewable energy to at least 50 percent of our total by 2020.
  • Reduce the energy intensity of our product portfolio by 80 percent by 2020, compared to our 2011 baseline.
  • Implement zero‐waste packaging across our product offerings by 2020, sourcing all packaging materials from sustainable/renewable sources and ensuring all packaging materials are recyclable or compostable.
  • Plant 1 million trees by 2020 (beginning 2008) to help sequester carbon and restore habitats (achieved June 2017).  
  • Incorporate 50 million pounds of recycled ‐ content plastics and other sustainable materials into our products by 2020 (beginning 2013) as part of our transition to a more circular economy (achieved June 2017).
Dell is also committed to demonstrating how technology solutions can create net positive effects – enabling customers to achieve social and environmental benefits that exceed the footprint of the technology used to deliver them. By 2020, we will demonstrate this net positive effect is 10x greater than the footprint of the technology used to achieve it.

We encourage others to join us in setting meaningful targets, taking action, and supporting global cooperation to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and address climate change.