Environmental Sustainability Initiatives at International Business Machines Corporation (IBM)
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Elimination of Hazardous Chemicals in Product Manufacture
IBM believed that the generation of hazardous waste was one of the main causes for pollution. To meet the challenge, it initiated policies that completely abolished or at least reduced the use of hazardous chemicals by replacing them with environmentally safe substances...
Energy Efficiency of the Products
IBM's 'green data centers' reduced the pollution caused by the high energy consumption and cooling requirement of data centers. They also occupied less space but performed their functions at the same processing speed...
Global Asset Recovery Services: Electronic Waste Management
Electronic waste (e-waste) generated by obsolete computers and other related hardware posed a grave danger to the environment and health of human beings. IBM's Product End of the Life Management (PELM) services started in 1989 in Europe with product take-back programs...
Controlling the Impact of GHG Emissions on the Climate
IBM was one of the early companies to report on greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions under the voluntary reporting program of the US Department of Energy started in 1995. It was a member of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and the United States Environment Protection Agency's (USEPA) Climate Leaders Program since they began in 2002, and reported on its energy consumption and GHG emissions data...
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