Reinforcing its commitment to the environment, Dell Technologies recently announced its largest on-site Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Installation. The 700 kilowatts peak (kWp) rooftop system will be commissioned on Asia Pacific Customer Centre in Bukit Mertajam, Penang, Malaysia. They said the solar photovoltaic system worth RM2.25 million is also a first in Southeast Asia for a Dell Technologies facility.
“Today, by harnessing innovation from across the globe, we have more opportunity to make a positive difference than ever before”, said Michael Dell, Chairman, and CEO, Dell Technologies. The company has a goal to source 75% of electricity from renewable sources across all Dell Technologies facilities by 2030 — and 100% by 2040.
Optimizing energy use
Dell recognizes that the largest contributor to their total direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions is purchased electricity, which falls under Scope 2. However, the Scope 1 emissions are much smaller and include those from on-site fuel combustion for heating and in backup generators, hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerant leaks, and the use of company-owned and leased vehicles. With the newly announced rooftop system, Dell aims to reduce the facility’s annual greenhouse gas emissions by about 650 tonnes.
Nearly 1,000 MWh of renewable electricity annually will be produced with the help of 1,590 highly efficient panels. It was estimated that the system will be able to power 25% of production lines which runs 24 hours a day.
“We all have a role in protecting the planet. That is why Dell Technologies has committed to reducing emissions across facilities, supply chain and in the energy intensity of the products over the next decade and reaching net-zero emissions by 2050”, said Pang Yee Beng, Senior Vice-president South Asia & MD Malaysia on the occasion of the announcement.
Other ways Dell is striving for sustainability & social impact.
Apart from using renewables which is essential in the fight against climate change, the company also uses some other methods to give push its sustainability goals.
Dell Technologies has come a long way in its journey towards sustainability and is now taking its ambition to the next level. It was the first company to use wheat straw packaging. Production of this new form of cardboard uses 40 percent less energy and nearly 90 percent less water than traditional pulping.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
The company aims that by 2030, for every product a customer buys, Dell will reuse or recycle an equivalent product. More than half of its product content will be made from recycled or renewable material. Using recycled/renewable materials in products and packaging keeps that material circulating in the economy.
This is the result of these approaches of the company that has been driving innovation, like solar-powered classrooms called Solar Lab. The Solar Learning Lab is a standard shipping container that has been converted into a classroom, equipped with solar panels and user stations featuring workstations and network technology from Dell Technologies. This helps to bring education to children in remote regions of Africa.
Over the next decade, the company will continue to advance sustainability improvements wherever it operates. As a major company in the computer technology sector, DELL recognizes the responsibility of showing the way for other businesses and believes that “if you are big, you have to be good”. The company also understands that they have to set examples for others to follow.
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