IBM's first formal environmental and energy corporate policies date back to 1971 and 1974 respectively, and programs supporting them have been embedded within the company's corporate wide environmental programs and global environmental management system since that time. IBM has been a leader in addressing climate change through our energy conservation and climate protection programs for decades. IBM's leadership is defined by our:
We have a long-standing commitment to climate protection and execute a five-part strategy to reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions related to our operations:
In addition, for our hardware and software products and services, IBM's strategy includes designing and providing clients with energy-efficient solutions that also help reduce their climate impact.
Between 1990 and 2015, and including semiconductor manufacturing operations, IBM saved 7 million megawatt hours of electricity, avoided 4.3 million metric tons of CO2 emissions (equal to 63 percent of the company's 1990 global CO2 emissions), and saved $579 million through its annual energy conservation actions.