Dell reports energy intensity reduction goals - Smart Energy Decisions

Commercial, Demand Management, Energy Efficiency, Industrial, Commercial, Industrial, Sourcing Renewables  -  June 30, 2017

Dell aims for 80% energy intensity reduction by 2020

Dell Inc. continues to make progress on its clean energy and energy intensity reduction goals, stating in its fiscal year 2017 sustainability report that it sourced 24% of its electricity from renewable energy sources and works toward reducing energy intensity by 80% by 2020.

The technology company’s corporate social responsibility report includes a white paper detailing an energy intensity reduction 54%, contributing to a goal of 80% by 2020. Dell says its portfoliowide energy intensity reduction goal is the first of its kind in the IT industry.

To develop the energy intensity goal, Dell worked with its internal groups focusing on servers, storage, networking and client systems, according to its white paper. It decided to measure its product portfolio energy consumption by using a proxy based on the performance of each major type of product within its portfolio, based on a calculation of the lifetime expected energy consumption and lifetime carbon emissions associated with all products sold during a given period.

Dell noted in its sustainability report that its current trajectory is slightly off track of its 2020 energy intensity reduction goal: Projections indicate it should achieve at least a 72% reduction by the end of fiscal year 2021. In an effort toward meeting that goal, Dell will be tracking two “subgoals” in the near term:

  • Reduce disk drive energy intensity (as a function of capacity) 80% from a FY12 baseline
  • Demonstrate continued improvement, in both hardware and software efficiency, in 100% of covered products

Over the past four years, Dell calculated that its energy intensity reduction efforts have saved customers $470 million per year in expected lifetime energy costs, according to the energy intensity mid-term report. The company plans to continue with the goal of energy intensity reduction through its engagement with programs such as the U.S. EPA's Energy Star and the Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool.

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