ENVIRONMENT

Reducing the environmental impact of our operations in India

We work aggressively to reduce the environmental footprint of our India facilities by developing solutions that address the country’s unique challenges to air and water quality.


We are continually looking for ways to minimize the amount of natural resources used to create and deliver Dell products and services. Although we cultivate a global culture of sustainability, every region in which we operate has unique needs and challenges related to water, energy and waste. Therefore, we encourage each of our Dell-owned and Dell-operated facilities worldwide to identify and implement site-specific programs for reducing the environmental impact of their operations (for more information, see our FY18 Goals Dashboard).

Dell has team members working at 18 locations across India, a country whose large population brings large environmental challenges. India will soon be the world’s most populous country, and it is also urbanizing rapidly. Approximately 200 million more city dwellers are expected by 2030, bringing more buildings, roads and cars—and carbon emissions.

Reducing emissions from our operations

To reduce the emissions from our operations, we began sourcing renewable energy from one of our large facilities in Bengaluru in late 2016, and we are evaluating additional opportunities at other facilities. We operate on-site solar photovoltaic systems at office locations in Gurgaon and Hyderabad, and at our Chennai manufacturing facility, with a total generation capacity of 560 kilowatts. One of our Bengaluru facilities has earned LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, and five of our facilities in India (including the LEED-certified facility) have Indian Green Building Council gold or platinum certifications. Additionally, our India facilities have expanded their commitment to Earth Hour, making it a weekly rather than annual occurrence. By switching off lights each week, we saved over 40,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity and avoided approximately 33 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions in FY18.

Prioritizing employee transportation safety

Dell contracts with employee transportation providers in northern India that primarily use vehicles powered by compressed natural gas, which is a low-carbon, cleaner burning fuel than gasoline. Across multiple locations in India, more than 900 vehicles, arranged and scheduled by Dell, provide safe and convenient transportation to about 4,800 team members daily. Dell’s employee transportation management program was recognized in FY18 by earning the ISO 39001:2012 road traffic safety certification. This type of industry leadership also led Dell to earn the 2017 Golden Peacock Award for Corporate Social Responsibility, India’s highest honor for corporate excellence.

Conserving and reusing water

Water conservation is a high priority at Dell’s India facilities because the country is facing a large-scale water crisis. With 54 percent of India’s total area experiencing high to extremely high water stress, almost 600 million people are at an increased risk of surface-water supply disruptions. And more than 100 million people live in areas with poor water quality.

Our Dell-operated facilities have on-site wastewater treatment plants because nearby cities lack central treatment facilities. At four of our largest campuses, we reuse about 80 percent of the wastewater, repurposing it to water landscapes and flush toilets. We’ve also updated many of our hand-washing sinks with water-efficient fixtures, which together are saving 1 million liters of freshwater annually.

Diverting waste from landfills

To divert waste from landfills, we operate on-site composting machines at our facilities in Chennai, Gurgaon and Hyderabad. To further reduce the amount of waste we generate, in FY18 our facilities teams across the country switched their daily equipment maintenance checks from a paper-based system to an electronic system. Using tablets and smartphones not only saves 5,000 sheets of paper per day, but it also enables teams to communicate and repair inefficiencies more quickly.

And since 2015, team members across the country have been bringing their own coffee mugs to work rather than using paper cups. Their initiative saves more than 12 million cups annually — the equivalent of about 1,100 trees each year.

Environment Goals

Scopes 1 and 2 GHG Emissions Reduction

Reduce global absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, Scopes 1 and 2 (MTCO2e) market-based, by 40% as compared to a FY11 baseline

72% TO GOAL
FY18 PROGRESS

In FY18, we reduced our absolute Scopes 1 and 2 emissions by about 29% compared to our FY11 baseline. Compared to FY17, this represented a 16% reduction year over year.

29%
2-YEAR TREND
FY18 - 29% of 40%
FY17 - 16% of 40% Percentage reduction of GHG (Scopes 1 + 2)
RELATED SDGs

Climate Action (13)

Renewable Energy

Source 50% of our total electricity from renewables (both purchased and on-site generation)

58% TO GOAL
FY18 PROGRESS

In FY18 renewable energy represented 29% of our total electricity consumption.

29%
2-YEAR TREND
FY18 - 29% of 50%
FY17 - 24% of 50% Percentage of renewable energy from total electricity consumption
RELATED SDGs

Affordable and Clean Energy (7), Climate Action (13)

Waste Diversion

Ensure 90% of waste generated in Dell-operated buildings is diverted from landfills

100%* TO GOAL
FY18 PROGRESS

In FY18, 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.

99%*
2-YEAR TREND
FY18 - 99% of 90%
FY17 - 99% of 90% Waste diversion rate*
RELATED SDGs

Responsible Consumption and Production (12)

*The FY18 progress, two-year trend and progress to goal are being calculated based on manufacturing facilities only.

Sustainability Initiatives

Develop and maintain sustainability initiatives in 100% of Dell-operated buildings

97% TO GOAL
FY18 PROGRESS

At the end of FY18, 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.

During FY18, four of our Dell-operated facilities in water-stressed areas (primarily located in India), reused about 80% of the wastewater treated on site for landscaping and toilet flushing. These facilities also implemented water-efficiency projects that are saving about 1,000 cubic meters (1 million liters) of freshwater annually.

97%
2-YEAR TREND
FY18 - 97% of 100%
FY17 - 97% of 100% Percentage of Dell-operated facilities
RELATED SDGs

Affordable and Clean Energy (7), Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (9), Responsible Consumption and Production (12)

Energy Intensity of Product Portfolio

Reduce the energy intensity of our product portfolio by 80%. To help achieve the energy intensity goal, we will continue to track disk drive energy intensity and hardware and software efficiency on our storage and data protection products:

75% TO GOAL
FY18 PROGRESS

We have reduced our product portfolio energy intensity by 60% since FY12. This was driven in part by a greater than 8% decrease in the expected lifetime energy consumption of an average client system but hampered by an increased absolute energy footprint of our products (up 10.5% due both to interest in larger, higher-resolution displays and to including more products in our calculations).

Our current trajectory should yield an overall 76% reduction by the end of FY21, slightly off our goal.

60%
2-YEAR TREND
FY18 - 60% of 80%
FY17 - 54% of 80% Percentage reduction of energy intensity
RELATED SDGs

Affordable and Clean Energy (7), Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (9), Responsible Consumption and Production (12)

SUBGOAL
Disk Drive Energy Intensity

Reduce disk drive energy intensity (as a function of capacity) by 80% from a FY12 baseline

93% TO GOAL
FY18 PROGRESS

Since FY12, we have seen a reduction of our disk drive energy intensity by 74% (as a function of capacity).

74%
2-YEAR TREND
FY18 - 74% of 80%
FY17 - 70% of 80% Percentage reduction of disk drive energy intensity
RELATED SDGs

Affordable and Clean Energy (7), Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (9), Responsible Consumption and Production (12)

SUBGOAL
Hardware and Software Efficiency

Demonstrate continued improvement, in both hardware and software efficiency, in 100% of covered products

During the Dell-EMC integration process, the specific program that allowed us to measure this goal was inadvertently eliminated. However, we remain committed to improving hardware and software efficiency.

RELATED SDGs

Affordable and Clean Energy (7), Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (9), Responsible Consumption and Production (12)

Sustainable Materials in Products

Use 100 million pounds of recycled-content plastic and other sustainable materials in our products, using FY14 as a baseline

73% TO GOAL
FY18 PROGRESS

In CY17, we used 20.5 million pounds of sustainable materials in our products. 9.7 million pounds came from our closed-loop efforts, and 9.4 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 1.3 million pounds in CY17. We also used 10,900 pounds of recycled plastic from our Dell EMC closed-loop process.

73*

million pounds

2-YEAR TREND
FY18 - 73 of 100
FY17 - 53 of 100 Sustainable materials used (million pounds)
RELATED SDGs

Decent Work and Economic Growth (8), Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (9), Responsible Consumption and Production (12)

*This figure is derived from data collected on a calendar year basis.

Sustainably Sourced Packaging Materials

Ensure 100% of product packaging is sourced from sustainable materials*

95% TO GOAL
FY18 PROGRESS

In FY18, 95% of Dell product packaging and services packaging material by weight was sourced from sustainable materials. The scope includes product packaging and service parts packaging across all Dell products, and Dell EMC packaging purchased in quantities greater than 1,000.

95%
2-YEAR TREND
FY18 - 95% of 100%
FY17 - 94% of 100% Percentage of packaging sourced from sustainable materials
RELATED SDGs

Responsible Consumption and Production (12)

*We define sustainable materials as those that can be produced in required volumes without depleting nonrenewable resources, and those that come from recycled or renewable resources.

Recyclable/ Compostable Packaging

Ensure 100% of packaging is either recyclable or compostable*

95% TO GOAL
FY18 PROGRESS

In FY18, 95% of Dell product packaging and services packaging material by weight was sourced from sustainable materials. The scope includes product packaging and service parts packaging across all Dell products, and Dell EMC packaging purchased in quantities greater than 1,000.

95%
2-YEAR TREND
FY18 - 95% of 100%
FY17 - 94% of 100% Percentage of packaging that is recyclable/compostable
RELATED SDGs

Responsible Consumption and Production (12)

*We 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.

Environmentally Sensitive Materials

Phase out environmentally sensitive materials as viable alternatives exist

FY18 PROGRESS

In FY18, we finalized the integration of the Dell and EMC substance management systems. The entire company now uses a single, common restricted materials list and a common supplier substances declaration tool. This will help make future substance phaseouts more effective. We successfully phased out four phthalates in FY16, and will continue to focus on phasing out further phthalates in the near future. We are assessing restrictions of substances of very high concern that are on the REACH authorization list and are present in our products.

RELATED SDGs

Responsible Consumption and Production (12)

Recovery of Used Electronics

Recover 2 billion pounds of used electronics, using FY08 as our baseline

97% TO GOAL
FY18 PROGRESS

In FY18, we recovered 177.2 million pounds of used electronics. This metric is based on data collected by Dell between February 2017 and January 2018, and data collected by heritage EMC between January 2017 and January 2018. We expect to have all data collection fully aligned with our fiscal calendar by the end of FY19.

1.9

billion pounds

2-YEAR TREND
FY18 - 1.9 of 2
FY17 - 1.8 of 2 Used electronics recovered (billion pounds)
RELATED SDGs

Responsible Consumption and Production (12)