Dell's renewable power sourcing climbs to 26 percent

New partnerships with utilities in the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden and Norway have boosted Dell's worldwide renewable energy power sourcing to 26 percent, a figure that represents a 20 percent increase for the firm compared to 2008, the IT company said yesterday.

Nine Dell facilities are now powered with 100 percent renewable energy. The company's headquarters, a 2.1-million-square-foot campus in Round Rock, Texas, moved to all-green power in 2008. The eight other sites are in Bracknell, England; Glasgow, Scotland; Frankfurt and Halle, Germany; Oslo, Norway; Stockholm, Sweden; Twin Falls, Idaho and Oklahoma City, Okla.

Dell's new renewable energy partnerships involve the utility providers Swalec, Scottish Power Energy Retail, EVH, Mainova, Telge Energi and Hafslund.

The firm's use of renewables is part of a larger initiative to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of its facilities by 40 percent by 2015.

Dell's three-pronged strategy to drive down emissions involves energy efficiency in business operations, use of renewables where possible and purchase of third-party verified renewable energy credits to offset the company's remaining carbon impact.

In May, Dell was ranked the top firm in the inaugural Technology Business Research Corporate Sustainability Index Benchmark Report.

In April, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency listed Dell as one of the top 10 green power purchasers in the country.

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