Global technology company IBM announced a series of 21 new environmental sustainability goals, including new and updated targets for renewable energy, water conservation and sustainable supply chain solutions, among others.
The goals, announced with the release of IBM’s 2020 “IBM and the Environment Report,” complement the company’s commitment from earlier this year to reach net zero GHG emissions by 2030, with a focus on actual emissions reductions, and its interim goal to reduce GHG emissions by 65% by 2025.
Edan Dionne, Vice President Environmental, Energy and Chemical Management Programs, Corporate Environmental Affairs at IBM, said:
“Setting environmental goals is a long-standing core element of IBM’s global environmental management system. We continually assess our intersections with the environment across our operations and drive action to minimize IBM’s impact.”
IBM’s new environmental goals fall under the categories of energy and climate change, conservation and biodiversity, pollution prevention and waste management, supply chain and value chain, and management systems.
Energy and climate change goals include targets to procure renewable energy for 75% of the electricity it consumes worldwide by 2025, and 90% by 2030, and to implement at least 3,000 energy conservation projects. Under conservation and biodiversity, the company aims to achieve reductions in water withdrawals, and to source paper-based packaging from certified sustainably managed forests. Pollution prevention includes new goals to divert 90% of non-hazardous waste from landfill and incineration by 2025, and to eliminate non-essential plastic packaging. In its supply chain, IBM announced a new goal to require key suppliers in emissions-intensive industries to set emissions reduction goals.
Going forward, IBM will stop publishing its stand-alone corporate environmental report, integrating its content into the company’s Corporate Responsibility Report.
Wayne S. Balta, Vice President, Corporate Environmental Affairs and Product Safety, and Chief Sustainability Officer, said:
“We have always considered environmental leadership to be a long-term strategic imperative regardless of short-term business and economic cycles, and regardless of whether the topic is currently popular or not. After all, it’s relatively easy to go green when so many are watching what a company does. But genuine leadership also involves what a company does when virtually no one is watching. You can depend upon IBM for an unwavering commitment, through thick and thin, substantiated by decades of action and results.”
For more information, read IBM’s full Annual Environmental Report here.