IBM has committed to reduce its net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by the year 2030, as the US based software giant reiterates its commitment to reducing climate change.
IBM will achieve net zero emissions by prioritising energy efficient technologies and increasing its use of clean energy in the 175 countries where it operates.
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“I am proud that IBM is leading the way by taking actions to significantly reduce emissions,” said Arvind Krishna, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, IBM. “The climate crisis is one of the most pressing issues of our time. IBM’s net zero pledge is a bold step forward that strengthens our long-standing climate leadership and positions our company years ahead of the targets set out in the Paris Climate Agreement.”
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In practical terms, IBM has also committed to reduce its greenhouse emissions by 65% by the year 2025. It has also pledged to procure 75% of the electricity it uses across the globe from renewable sources by 2025 – with that figure set to rise to 90% by 2030.
IBM also plans to use carbon capture technologies to remove emissions in an amount which exceeds or equals the levels of its residual carbon emissions.
The company has also launched its Future of Climate initiative, which it says will help it to accelerate the discovery of solutions to address the impacts of a changing climate.
“By using a combination of artificial intelligence, hybrid cloud and quantum computing, IBM researchers are working with clients and partners to apply science to complex climate-related problems, such as the growing global carbon footprint of cloud workloads and data centres, methods to accurately model and assess the risk of changing environments and climate patterns, and the development of new polymers, membranes and materials that can capture and absorb carbon at the origin of emission,” the company said in a statement to the press.
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