According to the company’s report, “11.2 percent of the company’s global electricity usage” in 2010 was from renewable energy sources. In total 390,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions were avoided through IBM’s energy conservation efforts.
IBM insist that this isn’t just an initiative to keep overheads down; that in fact it is both an investment in business and the environment. Vice President of environmental affairs and product safety at IBM, Wayne Balta has somewhat humorously quipped that savings like these take “more than turning off lights” to occur. Not only have IBM Research been using analytics software to manage electricity consumption, but IBM have invested in what they describe as “IT-related research and development” in order to further the availability and affordability of renewable energy.