IBM announced that its energy program saved the company $43 million in 2011 and is on track to double the amount of energy conserved in 2011 by the end of 2012.
IBM announced that it achieved strong
sustainability results in energy conservation, data center energy efficiency
and environmental responsibility to the tune of saving $43 million in
electricity expenses last year.
Big Blue said that not only did it save more
than $43 million in electricity expenses, but it also conserved 378,000
megawatt-hours of electricityenough to power almost 34,000 average U.S. homes
for a year. IBM's energy conservation projects delivered savings equal to 7.4
percent of the company's total energy use, significantly exceeding the annual
goal of 3.5 percent, IBM officials said.
IBM said this was the result of an ambitious
ongoing program involving 2,300 conservation projects at more than 364 IBM
facilities around the world. IBM will continue its conservation efforts and aim
to eliminate 1.1 million megawatt-hours of energy consumption by the end of
IBM announced these savings in its ninth
annual "Corporate Responsibility Report" released July 2. Corporate
responsibility is an integral part of IBMs culture and drives how the company
engages with clients, employees, shareholders and communities, the company
said. According to the company's 2011 "Corporate Responsibility Report,"
commitment to socially and environmentally responsible behavior yielded a broad
range of benefits: reducing energy use, creating a new model for secondary
education, and using technology and expertise to help small businesses grow.
These and other accomplishments are detailed
in IBM's 2011 "Corporate
," a year-to-year comparison of the company's
citizenship and philanthropic projects, community partnerships, environmental
stewardship, and employment policies and practices.
For instance, in 2011, IBM and the World
Environment Center formed the Innovation in Environmental Sustainability
Council to explore how innovation in business process and technology can enable
strategic solutions to major challenges involving energy, materials, water,
infrastructure and logistics. Charter members also include Boeing, CH2M HILL,
The Coca-Cola Company, The Dow Chemical Company, F. Hoffman-La Roche AG,
General Motors, Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies, and The
Walt Disney Company.
IBM's long-term sustainability policies are
really paying off. From 1990 to 2011, the company's energy conservation efforts
have eliminated 5.8 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity consumption and nearly
3.8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, and saved the company $442
million, IBM said.
"In order for sustainability to be more
than a passing fad, it must be sustained over the long term," Wayne Balta,
vice president of environmental affairs and product safety at IBM, said in a
statement. "At IBM, environmental leadership is at the heart of our
corporate values, and it shows in how we engage with clients, employees and
communities in our efforts to make the planet smarter. From the impact of our
operations and products on the environment, to how we manage our global supply
chain, environmental leadership is a strategic imperative, backed by the
conviction that good environmental management makes good business sense."
"For more than a century, IBM has served
the community to make the world a better place," said Stanley Litow, vice
president of corporate citizenship and corporate affairs at IBM, also in a
statement. "But in recent years, our technology innovations coupled with
IBMs best talent have taken those results to new levels of performance. We
continue to work with a global network of stakeholders from governments,
businesses and society but are now increasing the level of real sustainable
change in communities worldwide."
Also in 2011, in line with its Centennial
, IBM held the largest corporate community service event in
history, the Celebration
, yielding more than 1,000 years worth of service by engaging
more than 300,000 IBMers from 120 countries. They worked on 5,000 projects,
ranging from improving education and health care to disaster relief response
and conservation. IBM also increased corporate donations of cash, technology
and services to $196.1 million, the 11th consecutive year that IBM donations
Other highlights from the IBM "Corporate
Responsibility Report" include that IBM:
- Pioneered a new model for economic
development and education by opening Pathways
in Technology Early College High School, or P-TECH, in New
York City. It is the first grades 9-14 school, linking high school, college and
career in one.
- Helped fuel economic growth and job
creation in the U.S. by creating Supplier
Connection, a consortium of 16 companies that have a collective supply
chain spend of $300 billion, and make it easier for small businesses to become
suppliers to large companies.
- Convened more than 100 IBM leaders from
around the world for the first Global Diversity and Inclusion Summit,
continuing IBM's commitment to diversity.
- Launched the Pro
Bono Privacy Initiative, a group of privacy and legal professionals who
engage with human services agencies to help them with privacy and data
- Sent 115 IBM employees to 24 cities, from
Johannesburg, South Africa, to St. Louis, Mo., as part of its Smarter Cities Challenge, helping
city leaders devise strategies to improve efficiency, spur economic growth and
- Increased its global first- and second-tier
spending with diversity-owned suppliers to $3.2 billion, providing more global
opportunities to diversity-owned businesses.