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Efficient Facilities

We recognize and embrace our role in mitigating the impacts from the various energy sources we use and their contributions to climate change. We address this issue in our owned and operated facilities by evaluating, optimizing, and adapting our operations – an important piece of the overall approach that drives and redefines our climate change and energy strategy.

Efficient Facilities
Efficient Facilities

Efficiencies via Internal Collaboration

Our global Energy & Water Management Steering Committee seeks to maximize efficiencies across the business and create a consolidated approach to energy procurement, management, and sustainability. This cross-functional committee meets quarterly and is comprised of representatives from the four geographical regions in which EMC operates. The committee is tasked with: reviewing and refining energy and water strategy; identifying and prioritizing goals; developing recommendations for management; establishing plan, task, and cost models; and implementing programs.

Our facilities and manufacturing teams continue to work closely with engineering and IT to manage global energy consumption by monitoring power use and implementing energy efficiency initiatives in our labs, data centers and manufacturing floors. Our data centers are designed to automatically capture and report Power Usage Efficiency (PUE), which is The Green Grid metric for measuring the energy efficiency of data center infrastructures. We use PUE across all data center and lab facilities, including our locations in Hopkinton, Massachusetts; Durham, North Carolina; and Cork, Ireland. These systems allow data center managers to consistently monitor and measure the impact of changes they make.

In 2014, the Ireland Center of Excellence (COE) data center retained a PUE of 1.6. Since the lab areas in the COE consume a significant percentage of overall electricity, much of the focus has been on efficiency gains in lab areas, which continue to operate at the equivalent of an average 1.16 PUE.

Purchasing Efficient Equipment

We purchase energy-efficient servers, printers, photocopiers, and personal computers for our operations worldwide. The purchases are guided by explicit efficiency requirements (including ENERGY STAR® certification) and help achieve efficiencies by replacing older equipment with more efficient equipment, and by creating energy reductions through consolidation and virtualization.

Efficient Facilities Around the Globe

Hopkinton, MA
Research and development labs can be a challenge due to the amount of energy required and the flexibility in product layouts needed for equipment testing. In 2014, our facilities teams continued to work closely with the R&D teams to better understand how operations could be improved, with the goal of realizing efficiencies that could be shared across the business. In 2014, we implemented various energy efficiency projects at our Hopkinton headquarter facilities, ranging from optimizing of building management systems and upgrading volume air control units to installing electrically commutated fan motors in fan powered terminal boxes. We modulated the minimum outdoor air damper, reducing both the amount of fresh air brought into the building and the demand on the heating and cooling equipment without negatively affecting occupant comfort, saving approximately 123,764 kWh and 228,200,000 BTUs, or $26,482 annually.

Cork, Ireland
The Ireland COE has seen a reduction of 25 percent in electricity consumption and a reduction of 15 percent in natural gas consumption since 2007. In 2014, we continued to look for new ways to make our operations and facilities more energy efficient. Our effort included upgrading lighting, updating the control of air handling unit, and replacing the existing chiller plant with high efficiency chillers. We installed over 400 LED energy efficient light fittings in external car parks, perimeter walkways, and on all exterior walls. This installation is estimated to reduce electrical consumption associated with external lighting by approximately 150,000 kWh annually, or a 70 percent reduction in energy consumption.

The Cork facility is certified to ISO 50001 energy management standard. This followed on from management systems which we previously implemented such as IS 393 in 2008 and EN16001 in 2009.

EMC Building Certification through the Years


  • EMC's Apex manufacturing facility was recognized by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) as a North Carolina Environmental Stewardship Initiative (ESI) Environmental Steward.


  • EMC’s corporate headquarters building at 176 South Street, Hopkinton is awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.
  • Our Milan, Italy office location receives LEED “Core & Shell” Silver Certification.


  • EMC’s cloud data center in Durham, North Carolina receives LEED Gold certification.
  • EMC’s COE facility in Bangalore, India receives LEED Platinum certification.


  • EMC’s COE facility expansion space in Bangalore, India received LEED Gold certification.
  • EMC's Apex manufacturing facility went through a 5 year reassessment for the NCDENR ESI program and was granted a continuation at the Steward level for another 5 years.


  • EMC's Brazil Research and Development Center received LEED Gold certification