IBM receives 2006 Green Power Leadership Award from U.S. EPA and U.S. DOE
06 Dec 2006 -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded IBM a 2006 Green Power Leadership Award for its use of renewable energy purchases in the U.S., including wind, solar and biomass-generated electricity. As part of the company's commitment to climate stewardship, IBM purchased 96,000 megawatt-hours (MWH) of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and 13,704 MWH of electricity generated by wind turbines, solar panels or biomass. This is the largest purchase by a FORTUNE 10 company, making IBM the 7th largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy and Green-e® certified RECs in the U.S.
At an award ceremony in San Francisco, Edan Dionne, director, IBM Corporate Environmental Affairs and John DeMarco, director, IBM Real Estate and Site Operations, accepted the Green Power Leadership Award in conjunction with the Eleventh National Renewable Energy Marketing Conference.
"EPA is pleased to recognize IBM with a Green Power Purchasing Award for its distinguished commitment to buy green power and reduce the environmental impacts associated with its electricity use," said Bill Wehrum, EPA's acting assistant administrator for Air and Radiation. "This commitment demonstrates that an organization can make a real environmental difference by purchasing green power."
IBM's climate stewardship programs include setting carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction and energy efficiency objectives for the company's operations, and focusing on product energy efficiency. In addition, the programs help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from manufacturing processes, encourage the use of energy efficient freight operators, support employee commuting programs, and promote buying renewable energy. IBM has increased its commitment to renewable energy sources over the past four years, making direct purchases of wind, solar and biomass-generated electricity, and purchasing RECs. IBM's renewable energy purchases support the development of electrical generation technologies with minimal (or no) net global warming impact and help reduce its CO2 emissions footprint.
In addition to its green power purchases in the U.S., IBM bought more than 180,000 MWH of renewable energy in the United Kingdom and Germany in 2006 and has added purchases of renewable energy to its power portfolio in Australia and the Netherlands for 2007. Approximately six percent of IBM's 2006 global electrical energy usage was procured from renewable sources.
IBM also has been recognized by the EPA as one of the Top 25 Green Power Purchasers in its Green Power Partnership since March 2006.
For more information, visit the About the Green Power Leadership Awards (link resides outside of ibm.com) Web site.
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