Dell Updates Global Climate Change Policy Principles


Across the planet, 2016 was warm – so warm, in fact, that 2016 will almost certainly be the warmest year on record. Now, the difference between weather and climate is the difference between a data point and a trend. A data point can be off, high or low. So, perhaps 2016 is an anomaly. After all, it was an El Niño year, and that does make a difference.

Unfortunately, a look at the list of warmest years on record suggests 2016 is not an isolated data point. Prior to 2016, 2015 set the record for warmest year. The year before that, 2014 set the record.  In fact, every year from 2001 to 2016 is on the list. The only year on this list prior to the 21st century? 1998.

Climate change is an issue of concern to Dell. The consequences of climate change are relevant across our value chain, from our suppliers and our operations, to our customers. The manufacturing and operation of our products has an emissions footprint. Potential effects from climate change create business risk for Dell, most notably an increase in frequency of severe weather events and an increase in water stress in the regions where our suppliers operate.

The risk to Dell, though, is not the most important driver of our work. For many of our customers, the concern is not whether climate change will affect them, but more about when. These customers will need technology – from us and from system integrators and solution developers – to solve problems, enable new approaches and tackle the big challenges.

With the merger of Dell and EMC, we have an opportunity to review and update our approach. So, today, you’ll find a revised Climate Policy Principles document on our website, representing the combined point-of-view of the two heritage companies. While we have to understand and manage our footprint, our most important role is to bring the capabilities of our technologies to bear on both mitigation of climate change and adaptation to those changes that are unavoidable.

We’ve also identified an opportunity for our program to advance. While our Legacy of Good program includes goals on carbon emissions and the energy intensity of our product portfolio, we have not had a specific goal relating to the product-related carbon emissions generated by our supply chain. So, later this year, when we update our Legacy of Good program to integrate the long-term goals from the heritage companies, we are going to add a goal. This will be a goal that makes it clear to our suppliers that we need them to report on their carbon emissions inventory and have goals for improving their emissions profile, just as our customers have made that clear that they expect the same from us.

Addressing climate change is like tracking a constantly moving target. As we learn more, the consequences become clearer and we have to adjust as well. We are doing just that, not only because it’s part of what it means to be a responsible company, but also because our customers need our technology – both today and in the future. Supporting our customers will enable us to ensure that the new Dell remains committed to delivering a Legacy of Good.

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  1. The Senate voted this week on whether Climate Change is real or a hoax, I think it’s a hoax and here’s why.

    I’m sure you’ve heard in the news that 2014 was supposed to be the hottest year ever. If it actually was “hottest year ever” you’d think all the terrible calamities that are supposed to happen would be happening now but instead the opposite is happening.

    1. Record Ice

    In 2014 there was record sea ice in Antarctica  in fact a global warming expedition got stuck in it. Arctic sea ice has also made a nice comeback in 2014. The Great lakes had record ice Lake Superior only had 3 ice free months in 2014. You’d think that in the hottest year ever that ice would be melting like Al Gore said.

    2. Record Snow

    2014 saw record snowfall in many areas, remember when they said that global warming would cause snow to disappear and children won’t know what snow is.

    3. Record Cold

    In 2014 we saw all kinds of cold records remember the Polar Vortex? You’d think that we’d be breaking all kinds of heat records in “the hottest year ever”

    4. Oceans Are Rising Much Less Than Predicted

    Al Gore predicted that oceans would rise 20 feet by 2100, it looks like were on track for about a foot. 80% of the tide gauges show less rise than the official “global average”. Many tide gauges show no rise in sea level, and almost none show any acceleration over the past 20 years.

    5. Polar Bears Are Thriving

    You’d think that Polar Bears would really be in trouble in 2014 “the hottest year ever” but they are thriving.

    6. Moose Are Making A Comeback

    A few years ago the moose population in Minnesota dropped rapidly and they immediately blamed global warming, then they did a study and found out it was actually wolves that were killing the moose. Wolves have been taken off the endangered species list and are now endangering other species so they opened a wolf hunting season in Minnesota and the moose are coming back. It turns out it had nothing to do with global warming in fact the years when the moose population declined were some very cold ones.

    7. 99% of Scientists don’t believe in Catastrophic Man-Made Global Warming

    You’ve probably heard over and over that 99% of scientist believe in global warming well the opposite is true. That talking point came from a study where only 75 scientists said they believe in global warming on the other hand over 31,000 scientists have signed a petition saying they don’t believe in Catastrophic Man-Made Global Warming.

    8. Nature produces much more CO2 than man

    In 2014 NASA finally launched a satellite that measures CO2 levels around the globe. They assumed that most of the CO2 would be coming from the industrialized northern hemisphere but much to their surprise it was coming from the rainforests in South America, Africa and China.

    9. It Isn’t Actually the Warmest Year.

    If you look at the satellite data 2014 was not the warmest year ever in fact there has been no global warming for over 18 years. The Reason they can say it’s the warmest year is because they are using the ground weather station data which is heavily influenced by the Urban Heat Island effect, many of which are near pavement. Even still they had to cherry pick that data to get at the warmest year ever and it is only the warmest by only two-100ths of a degree within a dataset that has a variability of a half of a degree. The fact they they had to ignore accurate data and fudge sketchy data to push their agenda proves (IMHO) that climate change is a hoax.

    10. The Hypocrisy of the Main Players

    One of the main reasons you can tell that global warming is a hoax is that the main purveyors of global warming live lifestyles opposite of what they preach, they all own multiple large homes and yachts and they fly around the world in private jets pushing their propaganda. Not to mention some people such as Al Gore actually profit from Carbon Taxes and other green energy laws. If they actually believed what they preached they would be leading quite different lives.

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