Walking the walk: conserving energy & reducing CO2 emissions at IBM
Karl Helbig 270001N2U6 email@example.com Tags:  green-data-center ibm maximo energy-management energy-monitoring green energy-efficiency monitoring management sustainability green-infrastructure green-it meo tivoli green-and-beyond ibm-energy-management energy 2 Comments 2,028 Visits
Here's an excerpt from IBMs corporate responsibility web site. I thought I'd share it with you because we've been hearing a lot lately about climate change and such, and this outlines what IBM is doing - and has been doing for years - around protecting and preserving our environment.
IBM’s longstanding commitment to environmental protection was first formalized as a corporate policy in 1971. From how we run our operations to the products and solutions we provide to our clients, we are committed to leadership across environmental areas ranging from energy efficiency and water conservation to pollution prevention and product stewardship.
Energy conservation has been a major component of IBM's comprehensive climate protection programs because the release of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by the utilities powering the company's facilities and from the use of fuel for heating or cooling represents the greatest potential climate impact associated with IBM's operations. Because of that, a principal focus of IBM's climate objectives has been its energy conservation goal.
IBM has been tracking it energy consumption since 1973 and has had a specific, numeric annual energy conservation goal for decades. The results of this early focus on energy conservation have been significant. For example, between 1990 and 2008, IBM saved 4.9 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity consumption, avoided nearly 3.3 million metric tons of CO2 emissions, an amount equal to 48 percent of the company's 1990 global CO2 emissions, and saved over $343 million through its annual energy conservation actions.
You can read more @ http://www.ibm.com/ibm/responsibility/environment.shtml.