Computer manufacturer Dell Inc. has announced a series of programs to offset the company’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by the end of 2008, including a significant increase in its renewable energy purchase and energy efficiency initiatives. Dell’s U.S. renewable energy purchase, from wind, solar, and biogas sources, is about 554 million kWh per year, or about 158% of the company’s U.S. electricity use. The 2008 increase in the size of Dell’s renewable energy purchase, from about 12 million kWh in 2004 and about 116 million kWh as recently as July, 2008, represents the largest such increase in the U.S. for the year to date, by a wide margin. The purchase was made under agreements with several regional and national REC marketers and renewable energy programs throughout the U.S.
Dell is now the fourth largest renewable energy purchaser in the U.S. and the only new entrant among the top ten, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership program. Among its other sustainability initiatives, Dell offers an energy efficient "hybrid" desktop computer, partners with Conservation International and other environmental groups on habitat, forest preservation, and tree-planting initiatives, and requires its primary suppliers to report CO2 emissions data during quarterly business reviews, as part of the Carbon Disclosure Project’s Supply Chain Leadership Coalition.
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