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IBM vows to become carbon-neutral by 2030

The tech giant also announced its “Future of Climate” initiative to develop sustainable products

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IBM announced it’ll honor the Paris Climate Agreement and achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. 

The tech giant plans to launch its carbon-neutral plans by procuring 75% of its electricity from renewable sources and cut its greenhouse gas emissions 65% from its 2010 emission levels by 2025. By 2030, IBM plans to reach its carbon-neutral goal by obtaining 90% of its electricity from renewable sources and implementing feasible technologies to neutralize residual emissions.

"I am proud that IBM is leading the way by taking actions to reduce emissions significantly," said Arvind Krishna, chairman and chief executive officer at 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."

As part of its commitment to solving major societal challenges, IBM Research has unveiled the “Future of Climate” initiative. This initiative will introduce new solutions to counterbalance the impact of climate change.

IBM is also working with its clients and partners to address climate issues, including the growing carbon footprint of cloud workloads and data centers, modeling and assessing the risk of changing environments and climate patterns, and developing new polymers, membranes and materials that capture and absorb carbon its origin of emission. It’s attacking these climate issues using a novel combination of sustainable hybrid cloud, climate-smart artificial intelligence (AI) platforms, and quantum computing.

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“In combining our Future of Climate scientific agenda, the AI expertise across IBM Research including focused work within the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab and the wealth of experience from our partners and clients, our participation in the MCSC will translate into valuable scientific contributions and industry solutions,” said IBM.

“Strong collaborations with commercial partners, academia, non-profits, and government are critical for prioritizing, validating, and piloting our innovations and enabling a fast path for scale and impact.”

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