Dell Drives Toward Carbon Neutrality, but Can the Third World Follow?

Ainsley Jones

Dell recently announced that its 2.1 million-square-foot headquarters in Round Rock, Texas is completely powered by renewable energy. Sixty percent of the facility is powered by wind energy and the remaining 40 percent is supplied by Waste Management's landfill gas-to-energy plant, according to a post at triplepundit. The company also touts a 100 percent renewable energy call center in Twin Falls, Idaho.

 

Dell president Paul Bell issued a challenge to other firms to follow in his company's footsteps. It's a challenge that won't fall on deaf ears. High-level experts from industry, government and education will convene at UN meetings in April and June in Kyoto and London, respectively. The meetings will address how information and communication technology can be used to address climate change.

 

The symposia should give developing nations an opportunity to voice their concerns about green technology. About My Planet reports that developing nations, such as Uganda, are frustrated that they are being pressured by Western nations to address climate change when their economies are too poor to afford green technology. Most funding and programs associated with the Kyoto Protocol targeted Brazil, India and China, leaving Africa out of the loop. Several African countries have petitioned the U.N. for assistance.



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