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Dell Headquarters Powered with Green Energy

Date
07 April 2008

On 2 April 2008, Dell - one of The °Climate Group's most recent members - announced that it will power its headquarters campus in Round Rock, Texas, which is home to more than 10,000 Dell employees, with 100 per cent green power. This is only the latest step in a program to help the company meet its 2008 carbon neutral commitment. The °Climate Group was pleased to participate in the media launch of the joint announcement alongside Dell, TXU Energy and Waste Management.

Under the deal, Dell will secure power from Waste Management's Austin Community Landfill gas-to-energy plant, enough to provide 40 per cent of the campus' power needs. As existing wind farms, powered by TXU Energy, already power 60 per cent of the campus, this deal means Dell's headquarters will now be powered entirely by renewable sources.

"For Dell to partner with Waste Management and TXU Energy to source renewable energy on this scale is great news," said Dr. Steve Howard, CEO of The °Climate Group. "Greening the company's Texas operations not only underpins Dell's bold carbon neutral commitment but helps drive clean energy investment and tackles climate change."

Dell also announced it would increase green power use for its Austin Parmer Campus, provided by Austin Energy, from eight to 17 per cent. The company is a leading participant in Austin Energy's GreenChoice® power program. Dell also powers its Twin Falls, Idaho, facility with 100 percent green power, 97 per cent of which is wind power and three percent solar.

"It's time for our industry to take a lead role in creating a clean energy future," said Paul Bell, President of Dell Americas. "Today, we are challenging every technology company to work with their suppliers and partners in integrating green power and energy-efficient strategies into their operations."

In September 2007, Dell announced it would make company-owned and leased facilities carbon neutral in 2008 through a strategy of improving energy-efficiency in its operations and maximizing the purchase of renewable power. This commitment is part of the company's climate strategy which also seeks to minimize carbon impact of supplier operations and customer product use.

"Powering an entire campus with green power, in partnership with these two leading companies, is an important step in becoming the greenest technology company on the planet and the right thing to do for our shared earth," said Mr. Bell. "At the same time we're using green technology to drive operating expense down."

Operational initiatives to increase efficiency and reduce electricity use already implemented on Dell's central Texas campuses are expected to save the company more than$2 million annually in operating costs and cutting {CO2}-equivalent emissions by nearly 20,000 tonnes per year. The purchase of green power gives Dell price certainty on its operational costs for power, and the company expects it may see cost benefits to using green power in the future.

The company's desktop systems alone have helped customers save more than US$2.2 billion and avoid approximately 22.4 million tons of {CO2}.

"We're very pleased that our Austin Community Landfill's gas to energy project will play a key role in Dell's commitment to using renewable energy. This project is part of our company's environmental initiative to increase the production of waste based energy. Today, we create enough energy for the equivalent of 1 million homes each year and by 2020 we expect to double that output, producing enough energy for the equivalent of more than 2 million homes," said David Steiner, Chief Executive Officer of Waste Management, Inc.

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