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Reduce GHG emissions 65 percent by 2025, measured against 2010 and adjusted for acquisitions and divestitures. This rate of reduction exceeds what scientists from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change indicate is necessary to limit Earth’s warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
Progress on this commitment will be measured through IBM’s partnership programs. IBM has established more than 170 new partnerships and program expansions in more than 30 countries across the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa, including:
IBM will procure 75 percent of the electricity we consume worldwide from renewable sources by 2025 and 90 percent by 2030. This includes power IBM generates on-site or contracts to purchase, as well as renewable electricity already in the grid mix received from utilities.
Reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 using feasible technologies to remove emissions in an amount which equals or exceeds IBM’s residual emissions. Aim for residual emissions of 350,000 metric tons of CO2, equivalent or less by 2030, with 90% of IBM’s electricity coming from renewable sources
Eliminate nonessential, single-use plastic items (including cups, straws, cutlery, plates, carry bags, and food containers) from IBM-managed cafeteria operations globally by 2025. (An example of an essential use is plastic wrap to protect food for sanitary reasons).
IBM commits to implement a minimum of 3,000 energy conservation projects to avoid the consumption of 275,000 megawatt-hours of energy from 2021 to 2025.
IBM will improve average data center cooling efficiency 20% by 2025 against base year 2019.
IBM will plant 50 pollinator gardens at IBM locations globally by year-end 2023 to support biodiversity.
Divert 90% (by weight) of IBM’s total nonhazardous waste from landfill and incineration by 2025 through reuse, recycling, composting, and waste-to-energy processes. Use waste-to-energy processes for no more than 10% (by weight) of the diverted waste.
Eliminate nonessential plastic from the packaging of IBM logo hardware by year-end 2024. For essential plastic packaging, ensure they are designed to be 100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable; or incorporate 30% or more recycled content where technically feasible. (Examples of essential plastic packaging include electrostatic bags and certain cushions).
IBM will document 100 client engagements or research projects by 2025 in which IBM products, capabilities, and/or solutions have enabled demonstrable environmental benefits.
Require key suppliers in emissions-intensive business sectors to set an emissions reduction goal by 2022, addressing their Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions, that is aligned with scientific recommendations from the UN IPCC to limit Earth’s warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
IBM will announce final selections for the Accelerator’s clean energy cohort by November 2022. The Accelerator will support each selected organization for up to two years.
Recognizing it will take alignment of all our organizations to scale impact globally, we invite you to join the movement as a Steward of Inclusive Capitalism. Together, the collective action of Council members will contribute to a fairer, more inclusive and sustainable future for all people and our planet.