Climate protection

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, IBM's strategy includes designing energy-efficient products and providing services and solutions that help our clients reduce their own energy use and climate impacts.

    We consider energy and material conservation to be the cornerstone of our climate protection efforts. IBM does not use emissions offsets to become "carbon neutral" for our operations. Our efforts to reduce IBM's GHG emissions are focused on delivering results by devoting available resources to actions, products and solutions that actually increase energy efficiency and reduce GHG emissions for both IBM and our clients, rather than merely offsetting them.

    From 1990 through 2017, IBM conserved 7.4 million megawatt-hours of electricity, avoiding 4.4 million metric tons of CO2 emissions and saving $616 million.