Environmental Protection Agency Names IBM Personal Systems Group 1998 Energy Star Computer Partner Of The Year

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Somers, NY - 24 Mar 1998: -- The IBM Personal Systems Group (PSG) will receive the 1998 Energy Star Computer Partner of the Year award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tonight at a ceremony in Washington D.C. The award recognizes IBM's achievement in developing and implementing power management features and initiatives to promote energy-efficient personal computing and help preserve the global environment.

The Energy Star program is a partnership effort between the EPA and vendors in the computer industry. Its goal is to promote the use of energy-efficient personal computers, monitors, printers, fax machines, copiers, scanners and multi-function devices. IBM's PSG division, which manufactures commercial and consumer PCs, notebook PCs, monitors, network computers, PC servers and options, will receive the award as a result of its demonstrated dedication to the promotion of energy-efficient products. These include power management for computer monitors and strict adherence to IBM's own Design for Environment guidelines.

"The EPA is pleased to recognize the IBM Personal Systems Group for its outstanding achievements in delivering energy-efficient PC products that help preserve the natural environment, and its continued commitment to promoting a strong partnership with the Energy Star program," said Kathleen Hogan, director of atmospheric pollution prevention, EPA.

Through its Design for Environment program, IBM has implemented many state-of-the-art design practices, such as using fewer materials, using recycled materials, coding plastics for recycling, initiating closed loop recycling, and packaging reduction, recycling and reuse. The guiding principles of IBM's Design for Environment focus on developing products with consideration for their upgradability, reuse and recyclability. With these principles, IBM has introduced life-cycle thinking and consideration of a product's environmental impact and cost at the beginning of the design process.

In 1997, more than 100 IBM personal computer systems and 25 monitors earned the Energy Star logo. Only equipment that has met the EPA's guidelines for efficiency earn the privilege of displaying the Energy Star logo. IBM's environmentally conscious initiatives continue to translate to real energy and cost savings for businesses. The EPA estimates that in the year 2000 the environmental benefits from the purchase of Energy Star labeled products will be equivalent to removing 3.7 million cars from the road for one year.

For more than 30 years, IBM has worked to be a good environmental neighbor by organizing development and manufacturing processes to include energy-efficient considerations in major aspects of our products' life cycles," said Dr. Richard Granda, program director, IBM Environmental Affairs. "IBM's commitment to the EPA Energy Star program not only guards against environmental pollution, but it could help businesses collectively save billions of dollars in energy costs."

IBM has been a member of the Energy Star program since its inception in 1992, and is a pioneer in developing personal computing products designed to reduce energy consumption. IBM PSG educates customers, employees, business partners and other technology vendors about its Energy Star initiatives through its "IBM and Energy Star Program" and "Healthy Computing" world wide web sites; distribution of IBM's Corporate and PSG Environmental Report and online newsletter Ergo News; and sponsorship of the annual PSG Environmental Awareness Week. IBM also formally recognizes employees who have made significant contributions to IBM's energy-efficiency initiatives through IBM's internal "Environmental Excellence" awards program. IBM also includes the Energy Star logo and program information in marketing and sales collateral and on product web sites.

The IBM Corporation is a Fortune 100 company and one of the world's leading computer vendors. IBM provides its customers with total enterprise computing solutions. Today the company develops and manufactures a variety of environmentally-sound PCs * from subnotebooks to NT workstations * in more than 140 countries worldwide.

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Editor's note:

For more information about IBM PSG's partnership with Energy Star program, the IBM Personal Systems Group Environmental Report is available at the IBM Healthy Computing web site: http://www.us.pc.ibm.com/healthycomputing. Information also is available on the IBM and the Energy Star Program web site at http://www.ibm.com/IBM/Environment/estar.html.