Why IBM Leads in the Fight Against Climate Change

Today IBM was awarded a 2017 Climate Leadership Award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and The Climate Registry.


This is the second time we’ve won this award in the Organizational Leadership category, and the fifth time we’ve won a Climate Leadership Award in the Award’s six-year history – and for good reason. IBM has been one of industry’s earliest and most unambiguous leaders on the issue of climate change, and we have demonstrated that leadership through our business initiatives, voluntary goals, results and disclosures.

Thanks to an unyielding corporate commitment, IBM has been taking aggressive actions across its global operations, products, and services – achieving demonstrable results and publicly disclosing them for over a quarter of century.

We have set three consecutive greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals and achieved sustained reductions in our GHG emissions since 1990. Our efforts also have included collaboration with suppliers, numerous government agencies, and NGOs.  Furthermore, IBM continues to apply its innovation, technology, and business acumen – including cognitive computing and data analytics – to large-scale solutions that are helping to address climate change for the world at large.

As IBM stated 10 years ago, “Climate change is one of the most critical global environmental challenges facing the planet.”  That is even truer today.

We recognize climate change is a serious concern that warrants meaningful action on a global basis to stabilize the atmospheric concentration of GHGs. We believe that all sectors of society, the economy, and governments worldwide must participate in addressing climate change. That includes joint, market-driven efforts by the private and public sectors that are economically efficient, environmentally effective and sustainable.

Energy conservation is a cornerstone of climate protection, and IBM will continue to improve the energy efficiency of our operations, products and services while encouraging our network of global suppliers to do the same. And consistent with our values, we will collaborate with clients to create new innovations and solutions that are protective of the climate.

In 2015, IBM supported the “American Business Act on Climate Pledge,” demonstrating our support for action on climate change and the conclusion of a climate change agreement in Paris that takes a strong step forward towards a low carbon, sustainable future.

IBM will remain committed to environmental sustainability. It’s good business and the right thing to do for humanity.

Wayne Balta is IBM’s Vice President for Corporate Environmental Affairs and Product Safety.

Related Resources:

EPA Center for Corporate Climate Leadership: 2017 Climate Leadership Award Winners

IBM Receives 2017 Climate Leadership Award for Organizational Leadership

IBM Recognized As “Early Leader” in CO2 Emissions Reduction Goals

Learn More About IBM and the Environment

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