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IBM

Last Update: Jan 29th, 2019
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Recycled Content

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Corrugated fiberboard packaging should be manufactured using a minimum of 25% recycled fiber content using the maximum available post consumer material where adequate supplies exist.

In addition to specifying the use of easily recyclable materials, IBM Corporation promotes recycling through its purchase of products that contain recycled materials. To assist in achieving this objective, IBM requires that plastic packaging must be manufactured using the maximum possible post consumer recycled resin.

Responsible Fiber Sourcing

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IBM established its voluntary environmental requirement for the responsible sourcing of paper- and paper/wood-based packaging in 2002. It required that the paper- and wood-based packaging directly acquired by IBM be procured from suppliers that source from sustainably managed forests, where such sources exist.

Energy Consumption

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In 2017, IBM’s energy conservation projects across the company delivered annual savings equal to 4.2 percent of our total energy use at IBM-managed locations, surpassing the corporate goal of 3.5 percent

IBM’s product energy efficiency goal is to improve the computing power delivered for each kilowatt-hour of electricity used for each new generation of servers.

IBM also has a goal to qualify its new server and storage products to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR program criteria where practical, and where criteria have been developed for the specific server or storage product type.

Material Efficiency

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Statement Of Support

We keep packaging to a minimum while continuing to provide protection to the product being shipped to clients

Water Consumption

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In 2016, IBM established a new water conservation goal to achieve year-to-year reductions in water withdrawals at 45 data centers and other large IBM facilities located in water-stressed regions.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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R educe emissions by 35 percent by 2020.

Manufacturing / Operational Waste

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IBM recovered and sent 87.8 percent (by weight) of its nonhazardous waste to be recycled—surpassing our goal of 75 percent.

Design For Recovery

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Statement Of Support

IBM wishes to reduce or eliminate the use of non-recyclable packaging materials and packaging materials compositions that hinder recycling.

Renewable / Alternative Energy

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procure 20 percent of its electricity consumption generated from renewable sources by 2020, over and above the quantity of renewable electricity provided as part of the mix of electricity that we purchase from the grid.

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