Tuesday, 18 November 2008

IBM CSR Report

IBM has released its 2007-8 CSR report, which comes in at just under 100 pages online (lets hope it isn't printed).

Just looking at the Climate Protection section, the company exceeded its goal of annual energy savings of 3.5%, coming in at 3.8% for 2007. IBM has made significant energy savings in recent years - between 1990 and 2007 it saved 4.6 billion kWh of electricity and avoided nearly 3.1 million metric tons of CO2 emissions (equal to 45% of the company’s 1990 CO2 emissions) saving $310m in the process.

However, the emissions reductions were a setback for the company's own target. The plan is to reduce CO2 emissions by 12% between 2005 and 2012 through energy conservation, use of renewable energy and/or offsets. In 2007 emissions actually increased by 5% over the previous year, attributed to business growth, and is now 2% up on the 2005 base year, so the target is now that much harder (lets hope the offsets don't become a reality).

It just goes to show how difficult it is to reduce emissions levels with a growing business, but it's only absolute reductions that are going to save the planet.

There's an awful lot more that IBM is doing (and achieving) in CSR - the full report is here.

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