Wednesday 15 July 2020

IBM cuts CO2 emissions by almost 40% since 2005

IBM cuts CO2 emissions by almost 40% since 2005

IBM has cut its carbon footprint by reducing its operational emissions by 39.7% since 2005.

In its annual environmental report, the tech giant says 47% of the electricity it consumed in 2019 came from renewable sources, keeping the company on track to source 55% of its electricity from renewables by 2025.

By implementing 1,660 energy efficiency projects at nearly 230 locations globally, the firm made savings of 136,000MWh, equivalent to 3.2% of the company's total energy use during 2019.

The different business units have also developed 'good tech' solutions for common issues related to the environment and the use of renewable energy - for example, the research arm of IBM has created an artificial intelligence forecasting and control system, which can improve electricity storage in a photovoltaic system.

Wayne Balta, Vice President of Environmental Affairs and Product Safety, said: "IBM was instrumental in establishing corporate environmental reporting three decades ago because we saw that embracing openness drives results.

"Climate change represents a serious threat to our planet that must be addressed right now. Transparent communications are essential to secure popular support for action."

Written by

Bruna Pinhoni

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