IT giant to use wind power for Irish operations

The world's biggest IT company, HP, has signed an agreement with an Irish firm to ensure that most of its operations in the country use renewable energy sources.

HP revealed that it will use Irish business Airtricity to make sure that nearly 90 percent of the energy it uses is renewable. This means that the IT company will exceed it’s 2007 target for carbon emission reductions.

“Switching to renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power makes both environmental and business sense,” explained Pat Tiernan, vice president at HP.

“These advances are just part of HP’s comprehensive energy-efficiency program, which we believe is the most aggressive in the technology industry.”

Under the contract with HP, Airtricity will supply the firm with more than 80 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy – which will be generated from a number of wind farms across Ireland.

The deal means that HP will save the release of more than 40,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to taking 9,600 cars off the road for one year.

James Cooper

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