Friday, December 12th 2008

Seagate To Run On 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Seagate announced a decision which will dramatically reduce its carbon footprint in Derry. The company has switched from traditional electricity supply to environmentally friendly wind power, supplied by Airtricity, Ireland’s leading renewable energy company. Airtricity specialises in the development of onshore and offshore wind farms and currently has 24 wind farms in operation throughout Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Scotland. Going forward, the electricity required to run the massive Springtown plant will be 100 per cent renewable, reducing the site’s carbon footprint by 41,800 tons of carbon dioxide, which equates to 95 percent of the total carbon emitted each year by Springtown. The reduction is the equivalent to the carbon dioxide emitted by 4,500 households per year.

“Going green was a significant factor for us when we were reviewing our energy supply contract,” said John Spangler, vice president at Seagate’s high-tech Springtown facility. “We are not a heavy or conventionally ‘dirty’ industry and we have no smokestacks to shut down, but we do not view that as a warrant for complacency. Internationally the company is making a positive difference through an aggressive programme of energy use reduction and we wanted to reflect those priorities here at Springtown.

“The Springtown manufacturing facility, by its very nature, is a heavy consumer of energy and we are constantly seeking ways to reduce energy consumption. Internally we have already implemented many excellent projects to decrease our carbon footprint, but switching to a renewable power source allowed us to go still further. This is an important demonstration of our commitment to doing business in a way that respects the environment.”

David Brown, sales director of Airtricity said: “We are delighted that Seagate has made the switch to green electricity supply. They are the latest of many North West businesses who have opted to use a more environmentally responsible form of energy supply. The switch means that one of the biggest companies in Northern Ireland is now making a genuine contribution to environmental protection.”Source: Seagate Technology
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10 Comments on Seagate To Run On 100 Percent Renewable Energy

#1
Solaris17
Creator Solaris Utility DVD
awsome
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#2
Homeless
Good for them. I wonder how much more it costs them to switch though
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#3
theJesus
by: Homeless
Good for them. I wonder how much more it costs them to switch though
Exactly. My first thought was "I wonder if this has anything to do with the reduced warranties". That was until I realized that it's just one plant though.

Either way, I'm in full support of this :cool:
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WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
I am too. Im all about trying to go green the best way I Can. Of course, driving a Dodge Ram Quad Cab 1500 isnt the best way to help. I do recycle though and conserve water and energy. I have a few more things to do to the house to help lower heat/cooling and energy wastes and costs.
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#5
Paulieg
The Mad Moderator
Kudos to Seagate. Great move for the environment and for their sales.
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#6
NeSeNVi
by: theJesus
(...) I'm in full support of this :cool:
+1
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#7
DaC
Others should follow the example, going green is not an option anymore, it's a duty.

by: Paulieg
Kudos to Seagate. Great move for the environment and for their sales.
+1
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#8
DonInKansas
by: Polaris573
The company has switched from traditional electricity supply to environmentally friendly wind power, supplied by Airtricity, Ireland’s leading renewable energy company.
This idea blows.

But in a good way.:roll:
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#9
kenkickr
I was a little disheartened to hear they were lowering the warranty times on some of their drives but this totally makes up for it. When my girlfriend and I buy a house it is going to be converted over to Geothermal energy and all subfloors will have pex-pipe layed under them to reduce heating cost.
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#10
silkstone
Excellent to see companies making a positive impact. i would advise anyone who is considering buying a new HD to buy seagate, or knows anyone else, to recommend seagate drives because of this. The consumers really need to get on board with these initiatives and give preferences to companies that choose the 'green' option or the changes are never going to happen or be successful. Also e-mails to companies saying - i brought your product because of you policies, and e-mails saying you didn't buy because of them.
Only a couple of minutes work and might make a real difference to companies approaches to energy conservation.
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