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’s 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: Samuel Palmisano; Revenues: $101.62 Billion (2010); Employees: 436,085 (2010)

Statements on Climate Change
"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

Past Climate Change Targets
IBM set a goal to achieve an absolute 10 percent reduction in perfluorocompound (PFC) emissions from IBM’s semiconductor manufacturing processes by 2005, using 2000 as the base year. IBM exceeded this goal by reducing PFC emissions by 57.6 percent by doubling the area of silicon it processes for its internal and customer requirements. IBM aimed to achieve average annual CO2 emissions reductions equivalent to four percent of the emissions associated with the company's worldwide annual electricity and fuel use over the six year period from 2000 through 2005. IBM exceeded this goal by achieving an average annual CO2 emissions reduction of 6.2 percent. 
IBM aimed to achieve annual energy conservation savings equal to 3.5 percent of the company’s actual annual electricity and fuel use by improving energy efficiency and crediting renewable energy use, and actual reduction or avoidance in 2009 was 5.4 percent. IBM aimed to have 100 percent of the applicable new product models first shipped during each year meet Energy Star® criteria and achieved this goal by 2005.

Current Climate Change Targets

  • Reduce total global GHG emissions (from operational energy used and PFC emissions from semiconductor operations) by 7 percent from 2005 levels by 2012.
  • Reduce total global GHG emissions (from operational fuel and electricity use) by 12 percent from 2005 to 2012 
  • Reduce total PFC emissions from semiconductor operations 25% from 1995 levels by 2010
  • Reduce total emissions reduction of 6% from a baseline of the average annual North American GHG emissions from 1998 - 2001, by 2010

Climate and Energy Strategies

Technology Solutions (C2ES's Climate Techbook Factsheets)

Relevant Links: IBM Company Web Site, IBM Sustainability WebsiteIBM Corporate Responsibility Report, IBM Green Supply Change Strategy, IBM-sponsored blog: A Smarter Planet, IBM Advertisement