first_imgWith an iceberg nearly the size of Delaware calving off Antarctica the other day, it got me to thinking about climate change. OK, first it got me wondering just how big that is (twice as much water as Lake Erie, by the way). But then I thought: am I doing enough? What could we be doing differently? Where does technology fit in?Credit: NASA’s Earth ObservatoryFirst, the big pictureLet me start by saying that scientists likely cannot directly attribute climate change to the specific calving event that produced the A68 (the boring name of said behemoth iceberg). What they can say, unequivocally, is that the earth’s natural systems are experiencing radical changes fueled by the increased greenhouse gas pollution we generate.The rate of change, too, is unprecedented in human history. In this graph from NOAA, you can see the CO2 levels during the last 400,000 years. There’s a steady, almost heartbeat rhythm to the up and down of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Until you get to the twentieth century, when we rocket past the historic high levels. Today, the atmospheric CO2 levels are about 406 parts per million – the highest ever recorded.Why does it matter? Because we are quickly heading to a 2-degrees Celsius increase in temperature if things don’t change – a threshold considered by most scientists to be a tipping point past which changes become essentially permanent. I am writing this with a child who is home with a fever of 100.4 (less than 2 degrees above normal) and it’s not lost on me what a mess he would be if his body ran a permanent 2-degree fever.Scientists with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have calculated a global carbon budget that we would need to stick to if we’re going to stay under the magic 2 degrees Celsius of warming. A recent study showed that we’ve got about 600 gigatons left. That sounds like a lot, but if we want to stay under the magic 2 degrees Celsius, a lot has to change. Right now we emit approximately 41 gigatons per year, which gives us about 15 years. And let’s face it, the world would come to a crashing halt if we tried to suddenly go to zero.So that’s the bad news.The good news is we are making progress: emissions haven’t gone up the past few years (they haven’t gone down, either, but hey – progress). And, there are things we can all do to reduce our carbon footprint.The things you can do may not be what you thinkDo you recycle? Have you changed out those light bulbs for LEDs? A study that just came out in Environmental Research Letters, as reported by Science magazine, shows that four lifestyle choices have a major impact – and one dwarfs all the others: become a vegetarian, forego air travel, ditch your car and the biggest by far – have fewer children.Source: Science (click image to read article)That’s not to say we should stop doing all the other things. First, every bit helps. Second, the personal changes will translate into greater overall awareness – which should help drive more change. It’s not that recycling doesn’t do enough: it’s that there’s so much to do.While personal changes are important and we must continue to shift both our actions and our mindset, we need action from businesses and governments if we’re going to stay within our carbon budget.Setting corporate greenhouse gas emissions goalsRight now, there is a lot of talk about setting “science-based goals” – those that follow the same reduction trajectory established by the IPCC. As Gareth Kane, chief blogger and director at Terra Infirma, has suggested, there are a number of benefits to these science-based goals: you’re committing to do your fair share, you can point to others using science-based targets, and there is some marketing cachet in using “science-based” almost as a seal of approval for your efforts.However, Gareth – always the good skeptic – points out that there are some disadvantages, too. In particular, he calls out the emphasis on Scope 1 + 2 emissions (on-site generation and purchased power) while the requirements around Scope 3 are much looser. This, he suggests, reinforces the idea that Scope 1 + 2 are the main concern at the expense of looking across the value chain to understand where reductions could have the biggest impact.Dell is a great example for this.Among our Legacy of Good goals, we have one to reduce our absolute Scope 1 and Scope 2 (market-based) emissions by 40 percent from 2010, and we have another to source 50 percent of our total electricity from renewables (both purchased and on-site generation). This second one isn’t necessarily a greenhouse gas emissions goal, but it does directly affect our Scope 2.These are not necessarily science-based targets. And I’m ok with that. If we meet our goal, Dell will avoid approximately 220,000 metric tons of CO2e.Fun with numbersWe also have other goals that affect our Scope 3 emissions. For example, our goal to reduce the energy intensity across our product portfolio by 80 percent has already had a massive effect on our downstream emissions (Scope 3, use of sold products), which – in turn – reduces the Scope 2 emissions for our customers. Even just a 10 percent reduction of today’s Scope 3 (use of sold products) emissions would result in avoiding approximately 1,260,000 metric tons of CO2e.You can see why focusing on Scope 3 emissions is so critical.We also added this year a goal for many of our direct materials spend and key logistics suppliers to set their own specific greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions targets and to then report on their emissions inventory. As products become more energy efficient, more and more of their footprint is wrapped up in the manufacturing phase – and this goal will help us better manage and reduce those emissions.Though these are the two largest, our Scope 3 (air and rail travel) is not insignificant. This last year it was almost 3x our Scope 1 emissions inventory. Technology can obviously make a difference when it comes to avoiding travel. Videoconferencing and cloud-based sharing of work products can all cut down on trips. And it’s not just these long-haul trips.While we do not have a current measure of our Scope 3 (employee commute) emissions, we do have a Legacy of Good goal to drive 50 percent participation in flexible work programs. A study we did last spring showed that even after accounting for the rebound effect, the net mitigated emissions of telecommuting amount to about 1.15 metric tons per employee per year.Even though this flexible work program isn’t specifically an emissions reduction effort, the impact is significant when measured across our employee base. But think about how much telecommuting can affect the emissions portfolio of the broader workforce: based on current commute data for the U.S., telecommuting is avoiding 30 million metric tons of CO2e. That number could be even greater with broader adoption.So what can you do?With that ever-shrinking carbon budget, we really do need an all-hands-on-deck approach to emissions reduction. Luckily, there are a number of ways you can help. I’ve already mentioned telecommuting and the use of various telecom solutions to replace some meetings. But how else can technology help?One exciting place is in building controls. As the tools of the Internet of Things proliferate and we are better able to measure, fine-tune and automate things like HVAC, lighting, water use and more, we can have a significant effect on the amount of power our buildings use.Switching to renewables is another obvious move. While it only ranked fourth on that list above, it’s can have a real effect at the scale of business.And it’s not just wind turbines and solar panels. ELM Energy partnered with Dell to build an innovative microgrid control solution based on Dell Edge Gateway technology that helps integrate independent energy sources. By getting them all on one system, the solution helps make adding on-site generation much easier and affordable for their customers. As one example, one of their customers that relied on diesel generators to power a marina and 100 homes on a Caribbean island was able to cut emissions by 90 percent, get more value from the solar panels they’d installed, and ultimately replaced two of the generators with batteries and natural gas generators.Harnessing the power of computing to measure and monitor systems, perform deep data analysis and identify the breakthroughs that will allow us to remake processes, eliminate inefficiencies and solve environmental challenges is another use of technology—and by making both the data and the computing power available via the cloud can open up opportunities for others who might not otherwise be able to work on such solutions.While we are continuing to work toward an ever more energy-efficient portfolio (we’ve reduced energy intensity by 54 percent since 2011), there’s even more you can do to reduce technology’s footprint through virtualization. In fact, VMware’s services have helped reduce emissions by 340 million metric tons in the last 13 years.Speaking truth to powerWe are quickly approaching the Rubicon, if those carbon budget estimates are correct. While it’s easy to get caught up in the existential nature of the situation, I prefer to look at it a different way. Smart businesses are already seeing that setting emissions goals is more than just an environmental activity: it saves money, reduces risk and attracts (and keeps) top talent.On July 28, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power will hit movie theaters. I am fortunate enough to be a part of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps. I’ve trained with Al Gore and understand the messages his follow-up movie will carry. There is no hiding from climate change and it’s clear that time is running out.But it’s not too late and real solutions exist if we have the courage to demand them.You can read more about Dell’s approach to climate change here.This article shares one example of how Dell is committed to driving human progress by putting our technology and expertise to work where it can do the most good for people and the planet.We invite you to explore our FY17 Annual update on our 2020 Legacy of Good Plan at read more

first_imgAnyone who’s worked in an office knows the role an individual’s workspace can play in the course of their day. Just as a squeaky chair or sticky keyboard can make every day a subtle nightmare, a clean, optimized workspace puts people in the headspace to achieve stress-free productivity and deliver better customer experiences.And it’s hard to think of a workspace fixture that has a bigger effect on productivity than the monitor. Forrester 1 has found that visually appealing, productivity-enabling monitors are becoming key for attracting and retaining the best talent, especially as demographics shift toward a new generation of digital natives. Research by IDC2 adds that workers are increasingly asking for a larger screen size, better support for multitasking and higher-resolution monitors, whether they’re working with in-depth data, visual media or other detail-oriented projects.So as the world’s number one monitor brand3, Dell is stepping up once again to meet the demands of the changing workforce by introducing seven new Dell UltraSharp monitors that push the boundaries of display technology even further. The new releases all deliver innovative design and special features geared toward driving productivity with ultimate front-of-screen performance and outstanding user experience.The Dell UltraSharp 49 Curved, Dell UltraSharp 32 4K USB-C and Dell UltraSharp 34 Curved USB-C monitors enable workers to multitask on content from two different PCs thanks to an innovative Picture-by-Picture feature. Workers can also utilize the built-in keyboard, video and mouse (KVM) feature to toggle between and edit their content using a single keyboard and mouse. Moreover, these monitors are designed to reduce desk clutter with a convenient USB-C connectivity option that charges workers’ laptops up to 90W while transmitting data and video signals from a single cable.Meanwhile the Dell UltraSharp 24 and 27 USB-C monitors focus on delivering powerful visual clarity and performance in a more compact package for workers with desk space constraints or who simply prefer a smaller form factor.Each new monitor delivers a distinct set of features that cater to and boost productivity in users across a range of industries, including financial services and insurance, trading floor, financial analysis and accounting, media post-production, programming and engineering. Simply put, if you’re working with detailed visuals or information, these monitors make life much easier.Dell UltraSharp 49 Curved Monitor (U4919DW)Perhaps our biggest announcement is the introduction of the world’s first 49-inch curved dual quad high-definition (QHD)4 monitor. The innovative, ultra-wide 32:9 aspect ratio delivers an immersive panoramic experience without design or functionality compromises. It’s the ideal upgrade for workers who have been operating on two 27-inch QHD monitors, delivering a seamless onscreen space with 5120 x 1440 resolution and IPS technology that allows users to view more content and see fine details with consistent color.Dell UltraSharp 32 4K USB-C Monitor (U3219Q)Workers in visual fields who want a screen experience with four times more resolution than full HD will appreciate this new monitor’s Ultra HD 4K resolution. It offers VESA-certified DisplayHDR™ 400 for HDR content playback with stunning, true-to-life images. This monitor also provides 400 nits of brightness (typical) and a color depth of 1.07 billion colors to reveal details workers wouldn’t otherwise be able to see. This vivid clarity comes with an edge-to-edge viewing experience thanks to the virtually borderless InfinityEdge bezel.Dell UltraSharp 34 Curved USB-C Monitor (U3419W) This monitor can double as a workstation and entertainment hub with an immersive 34-inch curved USB-C monitor experience and built-in dual 9W speakers. The wide quad high-definition (WQHD) screen offers 3440×1440 resolution and IPS technology in a 21:9 aspect ratio ideal for multitasking or fully experiencing breathtaking HD media. Dell UltraSharp 24 and 27 USB-C Monitors (U2419HC & U2719DC)Our new smaller monitors, the 24-inch (FHD) and 27-inch (QHD) monitors, available with or without USB-C connectivity, provide superb screen performance in an innovative design. Workers can see their projects in fine detail and living color in a sleek form factor with a thin side profile and small monitor base. With uncluttered workspaces being another key worker need, these sleek monitors help employees optimize their desk space while still getting an edge-to-edge viewing experience thanks to the virtually borderless InfinityEdge bezel. That bezel makes these monitors ideal for a seamless multi-monitor setup.Each new UltraSharp product also comes standard with the same user comfort features as the rest of the innovative monitor line, including fully adjustable stands 5 for user comfort, flicker-free screens and ComfortView, a feature that reduces blue light emission to optimize eye comfort. The Easy Arrange feature on Dell Display Manager helps users organize multiple applications for multitasking efficiency, while the Premium Panel Exchange 6 and Dell’s Three Year Advanced Exchange Service 7 make these monitors an easy choice for peace of mind.Dell UltraSharp monitors are purpose-built to make workers more productive, precise and comfortable on the job. And those small details can add up to an exceptionally loyal, happy and thriving workplace, one day at a time.To see the new Dell UltraSharp monitors, or stop by the Dell Stand #733 at Adobe MAX, Los Angeles, between Oct. 15 – 17, 2018.  Read more about the new Dell UltraSharp monitors here.1 Source: Forrester Total Economic Impact™ Study commissioned by Dell: The Total Economic Impact™ Of Dell UltraSharp Monitors: Productivity Gains, Talent Retention, And Operational Efficiency Enabled By Dell Monitors, July 20183 Source: IDC Quarterly PC Monitor Tracker, Q1 20184 Based on Dell internal analysis, July 20185 Pivot adjustability is not available on monitors with 21:9 and above aspect ratio, such as U4919DW and U3419W6 Premium Panel Exchange ensures zero bright pixel defects on UltraSharp, Professional and Alienware monitors purchased from Dell during the warranty period7 Replacement part/unit dispatched, if needed, following completion of phone/online diagnosis. Fee charged for failure to return defective unit. Availability varies.last_img read more