ROUND ROCK, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dell today announced that it has received a 2013 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The annual awards recognize the country’s leading green power purchasers for their contribution to helping advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market and for their commitment to purchasing green power from a utility green-pricing program, a competitive green marketer or a renewable energy certificate (REC) supplier.
Dell was one of only eight organizations nationwide to receive a Leadership Award for purchasing green power, which is electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass, and low-impact hydro. Dell is currently purchasing nearly 218 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 48 percent of the organization’s U.S. electricity use.
“EPA is pleased to recognize Dell with a Green Power Purchasing award for its exceptional commitment to buying green power and reducing carbon pollution associated with its electricity use,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “In doing so, Dell has demonstrated leadership in innovation, sustainability, and taking action on climate change.”
Using green power accelerates the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide and helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector. According to the EPA, Dell’s current green power purchase of nearly 218 million kWh is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of nearly 32,000 passenger vehicles per year. It would also take approximately 3.9 million tree seedlings grown for 10 years to absorb that equivalent amount of carbon dioxide.
“The use of renewable energy has been an important part of Dell’s sustainability programs since 2003, and an integral part of our commitment to Powering the Possible,” said Dane Parker, Vice President of Global Facilities and EHS. “We are delighted to be recognized by EPA as a leader in green power purchasing.”
Dell currently purchases utility green power products at its campuses in Round Rock, Austin and Plano, TX; Oklahoma City, OK; and Buffalo Grove, IL. Globally, we purchase enough renewable sourced electricity to operate 16 facilities. In addition, Dell uses on-site solar photovoltaic systems to generate green power at its Round Rock and Bangalore, India locations. The company currently ranks No. 25 on EPA’s National Top 50 list, as well as No. 5 on EPA’s Top 20 Tech & Telecom list, and No. 14 on EPA’s Fortune 500® list. Each list highlights EPA Green Power Partners using the most renewable energy annually as of July 3, 2013. EPA updates its Top Partner Lists quarterly at www.epa.gov/greenpower/toplists/.
Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more. Powering the Possible is Dell’s commitment to put technology and expertise to work where it can do the most good for people and the planet. Dell acts to strengthen communities, preserve the environment, engage a diverse and inclusive workforce, and ensure supply chain responsibility. Learn more at www.dell.com/poweringthepossible.
About EPA’s Green Power Partnership
The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to buy green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with purchased electricity use. The Partnership currently has more than 1,500 Partner organizations collectively purchasing billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500® companies, small and medium sized businesses, local, state, and federal governments, and colleges and universities. For additional information, please visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower.
About the Green Power Leadership Awards
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) co-sponsors the annual Green Power Leadership Awards in conjunction with the Center for Resource Solutions. EPA recognizes winners in the following awards categories: Green Power Partner of the Year; Sustained Excellence in Green Power; On-site Generation; Green Power Purchasing; Green Power Community of the Year; and Green Power Supplier of the Year. EPA’s Green Power Purchaser awards recognize the exceptional achievement among EPA Green Power Partners who distinguish themselves through green power procurement, market leadership, overall green power strategy, and overall impact on the green power market. EPA’s Green Power Supplier awards recognize green power suppliers for outstanding efforts, initiatives and programs that significantly advance the development of green power sources serving the voluntary market. The Awards are held in conjunction with the Renewable Energy Markets Conference. For additional information please visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/awards/.