IBM Establishes Renewables Target for 2020

Action to reduce hurtful factors on the environment is rising throughout the United States. In a recent announcement, President Barack Obama is demanding that the Federal Government reduce greenhouse gases by at least forty percent. In his speech, President Obama also stressed the need for a worldwide joint effort, in which countries can work together to reduce overall climate changes. Through the use of renewable energy resources, the Federal Government should be able to save taxpayers more than USD$18 billion in electricity bills. However, the government needs the support of some of the top manufacturing companies in the U.S., including Northrop Grumman, Honeywell, General Electrics, IBM and Hewlett Packard.

The President is calling upon these businesses to reduce their carbon footprints. International Business Machines (IBM) is one of the first among these large corporations to support energy efficient measures. On March 19th, IBM announced a commitment to reduce energy consumption by over thirty-five percent by 2020, which includes a reduction of yearly electricity by twenty percent. During the years of 1990 to 2005, IBM reduced more than three million metric tons of CO2 consumption. They hope that this pledge will encourage their successful counterparts to follow in their direction. IBM representatives stated, “We intend to match our purchased renewable electricity directly to our operations as opposed to purchasing renewable energy certificates as offsets, making a clear connection between our purchases and our consumption.” Through reusing and recycling materials, as well as conserving energy, using renewable energy, and preventing air, water, and land pollution, IBM plans to incorporate these changes into their policy. They have asked all their employees to report any concerns regarding environment, health, and safety concerns. Since its founding date in 1911, IBM has expanded to more than 170 countries and employs 379,592 employees. This expansion may help spread environmental policies throughout the world.

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September 14, 2021

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