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.
Energy Efficiency & GHG Reduction
In 2013, we implemented several new energy-efficiency initiatives at our owned and operated facilities. These initiatives range from hot and cold aisle containment in our Durham data center, to evolving manufacturing processes for reduced energy consumption and associated GHG emissions.
Efficiencies via Internal Collaboration
To help realize efficiencies across the business and create a consolidated approach to energy procurement, management, and sustainability, we established the global Energy & Water Management Steering Committee in 2013. 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 standard 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 2013, the Ireland Center of Excellence (COE) data center achieved 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 now 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
This year, we continued to roll out a variety of energy-saving programs at this location. This included installing our hybrid Environmental Stress Screening (ESS) chambers – devices that use liquid nitrogen (LN2) to subject products to different environments (e.g., temperatures and rates of change). More than 100 Hybrid ESS Chambers were modified for hybrid operation at EMC facilities in Cork, Ireland and Franklin, Massachusetts. The program is projected to reduce overall global GHG emissions (4,063 metric tons CO2e per year) and save the company $2.3 million per year. In addition, several lighting and retrofit projects resulted in an annual savings of approximately 980,000 kWh in Franklin. To learn more, watch this video.
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 2013, our facilities teams began working more 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. This included using one of the labs in Hopkinton as a beta site for testing energy efficiency methods. We are exploring product configurations, including hot aisle containment, and hope to use the learnings to share best practices with other EMC labs. In addition, approximately 25 other energy efficiency projects at this location, ranging from lighting to boiler controls upgrades, resulted in an annual savings of more than 11.8 million kWh.
We continue to look for new ways to optimize our manufacturing processes for energy use reductions. In Cork, Ireland, the VMAX testing team focuses on four key metrics to measure the efficiency of their operations. The team compares energy usage data trends at daily staff meetings and continually optimizes test processes and sequencing to help reach energy use reduction goals. This focus on efficiency has helped the team lower electricity consumption by over 11 million kWh from 2008 to 2013 – a 62 percent reduction, with a cumulative CO2e savings of over 5,000 metric tons.
In 2013, the Cork team successfully completed ISO 50001 re-certification for the COE. In addition, our Cork team has pursued a variety of other projects ranging from LED lighting installations to more efficient hand dryers in bathrooms to updating controllers for boilers – proving that even smaller projects can save energy and money.
In 2013, the Egypt COE reduced energy consumption by adjusting the output temperature in the building air conditioners. This change, which was made in COE Egypt buildings, has saved approximately 22 percent in energy consumption, while not affecting staff comfort levels.
EMC Building Certification through the Years
- EMC’s Apex manufacturing facility is recognized by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources 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.