Product energy efficiency

Product energy efficiency was formalized as one of the company's corporate objectives when IBM established its product design for the environment program in 1991. Through the collaboration of IBM Research and our product development teams, we have combined hardware and software technologies to improve the energy efficiency of IT equipment and in turn, data centers.

One of IBM's product energy efficiency goals is to improve the computing power delivered for each kilowatt-hour of electricity consumed for new server products as compared to equivalent, previous-generation products. IBM's latest Power10-based server, the E1080, was released in 2021 and improved the work delivered per unit of power. consumed (rPerf/kilowatt [KW]) by 34% over previous-generation IBM Power9TM-based servers.

IBM Power® has a 20-plus-year history of improved system performance per watt. Since the release of our first system with Power4 processors in 2001, to the release of our Power10 processor-based servers in 2021, the IBM Power family has improved its performance by a factor of 43. When performance is measured per unit of power consumed (rPerf/KW), the IBM Power processor-based servers show a 64x improvement.

IBM continues to certify products to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR® program. Visit our ENERGY STAR certified products page for more information.

In addition to its ongoing program and objectives regarding energy efficient products, IBM has initiated and invested in innovations and integrated solutions involving its hardware, software and services business to address gthe energy efficiency of IT equipment and the data center. For more information, please see the "Energy and climate change" section of our latest annual environmental report on our environmental reporting web page for more information.

IBM continues to utilize innovations in semiconductor, hard drive/storage system and networking technologies to improve server and storage system performance for each unit of power consumed by the equipment.