Brand CasesDell Builds Capacity for Energy Management

Publication Date:2019-03-18

Dell, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NDRC) and the Suzhou Institute of Energy Management jointly launched the Energy Management Capacity Building Project at the beginning of 2016, targeting medium- and small-scale suppliers with relatively weak energy management capabilities. The project divides energy management capacity building into the following stages:

The first stage focuses on training in basic knowledge for energy management and an analysis of gaps. It includes training the organization's energy managers to understand the basic concepts and basic knowledge of energy management; arranges an energy management, use and consumption on-site diagnosis and gap analysis by energy experts; proposes energy management improvement and energy-saving measures; and issues an energy audit report.

In the second stage, suppliers establish an energy management system. This phase mainly includes a handbook guidance on energy management systems; formulation, training and implementation of a management system and implementation guidelines, guiding the formulation and implementation of energy efficiency improvement measures, and training internal auditors' capacity.

The third phase involves monitoring and maintaining the effective implementation of the energy management system. This phase is currently in progress.

Two of Dell's participating suppliers are seeing significant results from the initial implementation of the energy management systems and energy-saving measures they adopted:

Yutian Electronics Co., Ltd. (Taicang) transformed its cooling system frequency conversion, refined its power management platform, installed a frequency conversion control device on its plastic molding machines, replaced air gun heads for spray painting with more efficient models, and adopted other energy-saving measures that may together save as much as 324,800 kWh of electricity consumption.

Wujiang Yi Changtai Electronics Co., Ltd. also established an energy management system and energy management appraisal system, strengthened data collection, adopted energy-saving measures such as installing energy monitoring instruments to electrical equipment for power distribution, and retrofitted cooling towers' ventilation system with an energy-saving system. These improvements may together save as much as 385,800 kWh of electricity consumption.

Dell also requires suppliers to disclose energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions data via CDP (click to view). By September 2017, Dell plans to motivate 95 suppliers in China to publish such information.

(The above content was provided to IPE by the brand, who is responsible for the accuracy of the data.)