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Dell’s Renewable Energy Purchase Up 870% Since 2004

dell_headquarter.jpgTod Arbogast, Dell’s director of sustainable business, recently spoke with Huffington Post’s green expert panel and shared how the company is becoming more environmentally friendly.

Arbogast says the company is taking a series of steps to drive environmental efforts throughout its global supply chain. The company now requires primary suppliers to report GHG emissions data during quarterly business reviews. If a supplier doesn’t comply, it’s overall score will likely be reduced, and affect the suppliers volume of business. “We absolutely are not afraid to put stringent environmental requirements on our suppliers,” said Arbogast.

For customer products, Arbogast says the company is making “great strides.”  He says the company’s latest generation of servers are up to 25 percent more energy efficient but delivering more than 100 percent increase in performance. The company’s latest desktops for business users are about 80 percent more energy efficient than previous generations.

With the cost of energy increasing globally, Arbogast says it is good business to reduce energy consumption, which also helps to lower operating costs and environmental impact.

Arbogast says the company’s carbon-neutral target for its Round Rock headquarter is achieved by purchasing green energy sources, which for Dell means renewable power sources with an emphasis on wind, solar and clean energy sources.  He says the company’s headquarter uses about 60 percent of wind power and 40 percent landfill gas.

The company currently purchases about 116 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy. Arbogast says that’s an increase of 870 percent since 2004 when the company purchased 12 million kilowatt hours.

Arbogast also offered tips on how the average personal computer user can do to decrease their carbon footprint.

HP recently announced that it is doubling its renewable power purchase. Dell was quick to respond by writing in its blog that it’s a “good first step for HP.” Dell pointed out that it “currently sources about 20 percent of its global energy use from green energy provided by utilities” and that it has met its carbon-neutral goal more than five months ahead of schedule.”

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