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IBM leads IT sector in BITC Environment Index 2005

IBM received a Premiere League rating in the BITC Environment Index 2005

22 May 2006 -- IBM once again received a Premier League rating in Business in the Community's (BITC) Environment Index 2005 and also rated first in the information technology sector, ranking ahead of Hewlett-Packard, ARM Holdings and NRG Group UK. The BITC Environment Index benchmarks companies against both their sector peers and all companies which have participated in the Index on the basis of their environmental management, and environmental performance and impact in areas such as climate change and waste and resource management.

In the area of climate change, for example, IBM highlighted its goal to achieve average annual CO2 emissions reductions equivalent to 4% of the emissions associated with its annual fuel and electricity use, and its performance against that goal. In 2004, the company achieved an average annual CO2 emissions reduction of 7.7%.

Of the 145 companies that participated publicly in the 2005 Index, only 23 companies received a Premier League rating. To be placed in BITC's Premier League, companies have to achieve a rating of more than 95%, and IBM achieved an overall rating of 98.8%.

IBM has been recognized with a Premier League rating in the Index since this 'top performer' category was formally introduced in 2003.

"It's an excellent rating," says Steve Bushnell, Environmental Affairs Manager for the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa, "because the Index requires continuous improvement in our key performance indicators, this becomes more challenging for us every year. We set the bar high right at the start, so the fact that we are still among the top performers is a great achievement."

For more information about IBM's survey submission to BITC or its Environment Index 2005 rating, contact Steve Bushnell.

To learn more about the Environment Index 2005, visit the BITC Environment Web site (link resides outside of ibm.com).