Conserving energy and reducing CO2 emissions

Energy conservation has been a major component of IBM's comprehensive climate protection programs because the release of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by the utility companies powering the company's facilities and from the use of fuel for heating or cooling represents the greatest potential climate impact associated with IBM's operations. Because of that, a principal focus of IBM's climate objectives has been its energy conservation goal.

IBM formalized its energy conservation and management program in 1974 and has continued it unabated ever since. The results of this early focus on energy conservation have been significant. From 1990 through 2016, IBM saved 7.2 million megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity consumption, avoided 4.4 million metric tons of CO2 emissions and saved $600 million through its annual energy conservation actions.

To better understand the breadth of our conservation activities, see: