Dell EMC provides data storage, information security, analytics, and other data products and services for businesses. The company established its first Irish facility in Cork in 1988, the first legacy EMC manufacturing facility outside of North America. Today, Dell EMC has three sites in Ireland with 1,900 people employed at the Dell EMC Ireland Centre of Excellence Cork.
Dell EMC Cork is a united cross-functional campus of expertise, knowledge and innovation across multiple business units. In 2010 the campus became a centre of excellence (COE) incorporating research and development, one of only seven legacy EMC COEs worldwide. It is the largest manufacturing site of Dell EMC outside of the US and has emerged as a leader in Dell EMC's initiative to develop energy efficient information infrastructure technologies.
Approach to energy efficiency
The Dell EMC energy team was formed in 2003 with a view to defining a structured energy reduction programme. The team implemented IS393 in 2008, transitioned to EN 16001 in 2009 and in 2012 the Dell EMC COE Cork became the first legacy EMC site worldwide to become ISO50001 certified.
The Dell EMC Cork facility can be likened to a shopping centre where each business unit operates in very different spaces, from manufacturing equipment to operating as a datacentre. The energy team works with each of the business units within the facility, firstly to understand how their day to day business operates, and then engaging with them to identify energy saving opportunities. This ensures that all business units within the facility are pulling together to achieve energy savings and there is effective management and control of energy usage onsite. The collaborative approach, led by the energy team, has also resulted in a blended approach to the implementation of energy saving ideas.