Environment

Environmental responsibility is about more than creating an eco-friendly product or initiative. It’s about incorporating sustainability into everything we do, while using our technology and expertise to innovate on behalf of our customers, our communities and the planet.

“When you’re delivering what your customers want, saving money and helping the planet — we call that good business.”

Jeff Clarke
Vice-Chairman, Operations &
President, Client Solutions
Dell

Highlights

Keeping plastics out of the ocean

Dell is taking plastic collected on beaches, waterways and other coastal areas and turning it into packaging for the Dell XPS™ 13 2-in-1.

Engaging team members in sustainability

Our expanded employee base helped push the Plant a Tree program past 1 million trees – just one way we’re helping protect the planet together.

Reducing our environmental impact in Europe

Our manufacturing facilities work aggressively to reduce their footprint by earning rigorous ISO certifications, increasing energy efficiency, and reducing waste.

Working toward a circular economy

We surpassed our 2020 goal for use of recycled-content materials in products, and continued to grow our closed-loop supply chain.

Empowering customers to give back through electronics takeback

Dell's Asset Resale and Recycling Services expanded its custom IT donation service, giving business customers a simple way to meet their CSR goals.

Goals

04

Reduce global absolute GHG emissions, Scopes 1 and 2 (MTCO2e) market-based, by 40% from a FY11 baseline
The FY17 total Scope 1 and 2 emissions (market-based) are about 16% below the FY11 baseline, for the combined companies.

05

Source 50% of our total electricity from renewables (both purchased and on-site generation)
Renewable electricity represented 24% of our total electricity consumption, up from 11% in FY11.

06

Ensure 90% of waste generated in Dell-operated buildings is diverted from landfills
In FY17, our manufacturing facilities diverted 99% of their total waste from landfills. Because this is the largest source of our operational waste, we remain on track for achieving this goal. We estimate that the global diversion rate in our other Dell-operated buildings remains in the 50-60% range.

07

Develop and maintain sustainability initiatives in 100% of Dell-operated buildings
At the end of FY17, 97% of our Dell-operated facilities had at least one active sustainability initiative in one or more of our eligible categories: equipment or building upgrades, renewable energy use, on-site services, water conservation, and employee engagement.

08

Use 100 million pounds of recycled-content plastic and other sustainable materials in our products
We exceeded our initial goal of 50 million pounds, using a cumulative total of 52.5 million pounds of sustainable materials in Dell products since the start of FY14. In FY17, we used 16.1 million pounds of recycled plastics in our products; 5.4 million pounds came from our closed-loop efforts and 10 million pounds came from post-consumer recycled content (sourced from water bottles, etc). We increased our use of recycled carbon fiber across Dell LatitudeTM products, using 0.8 million pounds in FY17. EMC products did not contribute to our FY17 totals.

09

Ensure 100% of product packaging is sourced from sustainable* materials
In FY17, 94% of Dell product packaging and services packaging material by weight was sourced from sustainable materials*, an increase of 1% from FY16.

10

Ensure 100% of packaging is either recyclable or compostable
At the end of FY17, 94% of all Dell packaging by weight was recyclable or compostable. This is an increase of 1% from FY16. We continue to categorize a material as being recyclable if it is accepted by a majority of municipalities, and as being compostable if it can be certified to meet the ASTM D6400 standard.

11

Identify and quantify the environmental benefits of IT-based solutions
We completed our Connected Workplace study in FY17. We’ll continue to investigate opportunities for other IT-based solution studies.

12

Phase out environmentally sensitive materials as viable alternatives exist
In FY17, we worked toward integrating Dell and EMC under one common restricted materials compliance program. We revised our Chemicals Use Policy in late FY17 to apply to all of Dell Inc. With the introduction of halogen-free laminates in FY14, and of a halogen-free solder mask in FY15, the majority of newly designed, heritage EMC storage product printed circuit boards (all that are technically feasible) are free of halogens (less than 50 ppm total halogen content).

13

Recover 2 billion pounds of used electronics
Dell recovered 177 million pounds (80.3 million kilograms) of used electronics in FY17. This includes heritage EMC volumes tracked for Q4 only. Since our baseline year of FY08, we have recovered a cumulative total of 1.8 billion pounds. We have achieved 88% of our 2020 goal and our estimates show we are on track to meet our target.

14

Reduce the energy intensity of our product portfolio by 80%
We have reduced our product portfolio energy intensity by 54% from a FY12 baseline. Our current trajectory is slightly off track of our 2020 goal. Projections indicate we should achieve at least a 72% reduction by the end of FY21. For information on this goal, our progress and our learning, see our white paper.

SUBGOALS

Reduce disk drive energy intensity (as a function of capacity) 80% from a FY12 baseline
Since FY12, our disk drive energy intensity (as a function of capacity) has improved by 70% within the storage and data protection product lines.
Demonstrate continued improvement, in both hardware and software efficiency, in 100% of covered products
Of the 13 product lines managed through our product sustainability assessment process in FY17, 85% demonstrated continued improvement in hardware and software efficiency (or have committed to demonstrating improvement by product launch).