IBM Summary


Company Description
IBM strives to lead in the invention, development and manufacture of the industry's most advanced information technologies, including computer systems, software, storage systems and microelectronics. The company translates these advanced technologies into value for its customers through its professional solutions, services and consulting businesses worldwide. The company‚Äôs major operations comprise the following segments: Global Technology Services; Global Business Services; Software; Systems and Technology; and Global Financing. IBM is headquartered in Armonk, New York. 

CEO: Virginia M. Rometty; Revenues: $98.83 Billion (2013); Employees: 431,212 (2013)

Climate and Energy Targets
Between 1990 and 2011 IBM saved 5.8 billion kWh of electricity consumption, avoided 3.7 million metric tons of CO2 emissions (equal to 55 percent of the company's 1990 global CO2 emissions) and saved $442 million through its annual energy conservation actions.

Greenhouse gases:

  • Between 1990 and 2005, IBM reduced or avoided CO2 emissions by an amount equivalent to 40 percent of its 1990 emissions through its global energy conservation program. To further extend this achievement, IBM set itself an aggressive "second generation" goal: to reduce the CO2 emissions associated with its energy use 12 percent by 2012 against a 2005 base year through energy conservation and the procurement of renewable energy.
  • As of year-end 2011, the company's energy conservation results and procurement of renewable energy resulted in a 16 percent reduction in IBM's energy-related CO2 emissions from the 2005 base year of this goal.
  • IBM was the first semiconductor manufacturer to set a numeric reduction target for PFCs in 1998. The company subsequently set a second generation goal to achieve an absolute reduction in PFC emissions from semiconductor manufacturing of 25 percent by 2010 against a base year of 1995. IBM exceeded this goal by reducing PFC emissions by 36.5 percent at year-end 2010.  IBM is presently evaluating a third generation goal for PFC emissions reduction.


  • In May 2007, IBM announced it is redirecting $1 billion per year across its businesses, mobilizing the company's resources to dramatically increase the level of energy efficiency in IT. Called Project Big Green, the plan includes new products and services for IBM and its clients to sharply reduce data center energy consumption.

Did You Know?
"IBM has a longstanding energy conservation goal. By conserving energy, the company also enables the reduction of CO2 emissions - results that are good for IBM's business and that help address concerns over climate change." -- Wayne Balta, Vice President, Corporate Environmental Affairs and Product Safety

IBM is engaged in a range of climate and energy-related initiatives.  Below are links to a couple of highlights:

IBM and global utility companies are joining forces to spur new advances in energy. Their efforts are manifested in the Smarter Energy Research Institute (SERI), where the first members are Hydro Quebec of Canada, Alliander of the Netherlands, DTE Energy and IBM.

Video: Positive Energy: IBM Goes Green Inside & Out


IBM Corporate Website

IBM Sustainability Website

IBM Smarter Planet Blog