Increasing efficiency of logistics

IBM is reducing the CO2 emissions associated with transporting parts and products through the efficient design of its packaging, working with suppliers on their packaging designs and optimizing logistics.

In 2006, the company joined the U.S. EPA's SmartWay® Transport Partnership, a voluntary initiative to improve fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with logistics operations.

Since 2009, 100 percent of IBM's spend for shipping goods within the U.S. and from the U.S. to Canada and Mexico went through a SmartWay logistics provider. IBM also voluntarily applies specific SmartWay requirements to its distribution operations globally.

IBM's packaging programs also help reduce transport-associated CO2 emissions by reducing the volume and weight of the company's product shipments through innovative packaging design. See Protective product packaging for more information.