Increasing renewable electricity procurement

In 2016, IBM contracted with its utility suppliers to purchase approximately 783,000 megawatt-hours of renewable electricity representing 21.5 percent of our global electricity consumption. These purchases exceeded IBM's goal to purchase 20 percent of its electricity consumption from renewable sources by 2020, over and above the quantity of renewable energy provided as part of the mix of electricity that we purchase from the grid. We achieved this goal four years early. IBM avoided 300,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions through these purchases.

Our contracted renewable electricity purchases as a percent of our global electricity consumption increased by over five points year-over-year, due to increased purchases of renewable electricity and reduced electricity consumption.

IBM's contracted renewable electricity purchases occurred in 18 countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

We procure renewable electricity generated from wind, large and small hydro, biomass, and solar installations around the globe. We report all of our contracted renewable electricity purchases - be they from new or existing generation sources, "additional" or otherwise, without discriminating against large hydro installations - and their associated CO2 avoidance. Our rationale is that all purchases signal to our suppliers our desire for them to maintain and broaden their renewable electricity offerings. We value all economically accessible renewable generation sources and their availability from our utility suppliers.

Combining our contracted renewable electricity purchases and the amount of renewable electricity IBM received as part of the grid mix, 40.6 percent of our global electricity supply in 2016 was generated from renewable sources.

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2016 IBM global electricity consumption: 3,637,715 MWh

2016 IBM Global electricity consumption