Dell: We Have Met Carbon-Neutral Corporate Goal

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The Dell technology company announced its facilities are now
carbon neutral, ahead of the goal the Texas-based corporation had
set to achieve
by the end of this year.

Dane Parker, Dell’s director for environment, health and
safety, said
the company buys renewable energy—including wind, solar and methane
gas—directly from utilities to fulfill one-fifth of its energy requirements.

 Ist2_2828838chromelaptopcomputer_2Dell’s preference for green energy isn’t merely about
global warming or public relations strategies. Buying renewable power at a
predictable cost can protect the company against rising oil prices.

The company said it has also cut its energy use in other
ways, such as the use of more efficient lighting, modern climate control
systems and software that shuts off idle computers for a savings of $3 million
a year, or about 5 percent of its annual energy bill.

Dell is the world’s second-largest computer company, and is
ahead of No. 1 Hewlett-Packard
Co.on this matter.  HP said in 2007 it purchased credits to offset 2 percent of
its global energy use, and bought renewable power for a relatively small
portion of its operations. The California-based company did say that its energy
consumption fell 4 percent in 2007.

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