At IBM, protection of the environment is and always will be a part of our fabric—from our research, product design and supply chain, to the environmental benefits derived from our services and solutions.
IBM is committed to environmental leadership in all of its business activities, from its operations to the design of its products and use of its technology. Our corporate policy on environmental affairs, first issued in 1971, is supported by the IBM global environmental management system. This system has enabled IBM to achieve results consistent with environmental leadership and ensures the company is vigilant in protecting the environment across all of its operations worldwide.
IBM also has a voluntary environmental goal to reuse or recycle end-of-life products such that the amount of product waste sent by our Product End of Life Management (PELM) operations to landfills or to incineration facilities for treatment does not exceed a combined 3 percent of the total amount processed.
Our world's sustainability requires a balance among many interdependent and competing needs—of society, its economies, and the planet itself. As the world has become increasingly instrumented and interconnected, we are witnessing an extraordinary growth of “big data.” A range of technologies and capabilities—from cloud computing to analytics, from mobile and social platforms to cognitive learning—is transforming this data into a resource that can lead us to better choices and new opportunities for improving environmental sustainability.
IBM is leveraging these technologies and applying our expertise to understand these competing needs and develop innovative solutions to help build and live on a smarter, more sustainable planet. These efforts reflect our longstanding commitment to environmental leadership and one of IBM's core business values “innovation that matters—for our company and for the world.”
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Our remanufacturing and demanufacturing combined operations processed an average of over 37,500 assets per week in 2015. Since 1999, GARS remanufacturing operations have processed over 15,3 million assets.
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Our total world wide remanufacturing and demanufacturing combined operations processed 24,671 metric tons – or 54,400,000 pounds - of products, parts and materials in 2015. That is the equivalent to about 13,000 cars.
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Over 873,000 assets were processed through our remanufacturing & refurbishment operations in 2015 with over 90% prepared for reuse and resale. Over 99% of all IT equipment and IT product waste returned to IBM at the end of product lifecycle was either reused, remanufactured or recycled.