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Reducing / Recycling Waste Conserving Water

Waste

One of Lenovo’s environmental management objectives is to minimize waste generation and maximize waste recycling and reuse. Lenovo has been tracking and evaluating both non-hazardous and hazardous waste generated in its manufacturing, research & development sites and some large office locations since 2006. The FY 2011/12, FY 2012/13 and FY 2013/14 data was verified by Bureau Veritas, a third party. The latest verification is available here: FY 2013/14


Lenovo's Waste Performance

Lenovo's Waste Inventory
(amounts in metric tons)

FY 2009/10 FY 2010/11 FY 2011/12 FY 2012/13 FY 2013/14
Non-Hazardous 11,996 12,692 16,765 20,089 27,317
Hazardous 35 18 11 13 27

Notes:

Waste includes site waste from manufacturing, research & development sites and some large office locations.  For information about product recycling, product take back, and product end-of-life management, please see Think Green Products - Recycling and Lenovo Sustainability reports.
Lenovo's fiscal year is from April 1 through March 31.

 

Non-Hazardous Waste Disposition by Disposal Method

 

Non-hazardous as well as hazardous waste generation increased due to organic growth in production and employee population and structural changes in terms of forming joint ventures and acquiring other businesses. However, our targeted recycling rate of 90% has been achieved each year.

 

For additional details on Lenovo’s waste management please click on this link to go to Lenovo’s Sustainability reports web page.

 


 

Water

Lenovo does not have wet processes in its manufacturing or research & development operations, so relatively small quantities of water are used. All water use at Lenovo is related to human consumption and sanitation. For that reason Lenovo does not set internal, global water reduction targets however some of our facilities have established water related goals. Lenovo has however tracked, monitored, analyzed, and published water use and waste water discharge data since 2006. The FY 2011/12, FY 2012/13 and FY 2013/14 data was verified by Bureau Veritas, a third party. The latest verification is available here: FY 2013/14 


Lenovo’s Water Performance

Lenovo's Water Inventory
(amounts in cubic meters)

FY 2009/10 FY 2010/11 FY 2011/12 FY 2012/13 FY 2013/14
Water Use 295,212 302,391 508,935 602,155 874,742
Waste Water Discharge 259,451 272,541  484,072 549,678 811,807
 

Notes:

Water data includes manufacturing, research & development sites and some large office locations.
Lenovo's fiscal year is from April 1 through March 31.

 

Water consumption and waste water discharge increased significantly in FY 2013/14 due to organic growth in China and Brazil.

 

Lenovo withdraws water only from municipal sources and only for human support; therefore, we have minimal impact on local water resources and minimal opportunities to reuse water. However, several our sites installed water efficient fixture in restrooms, purchased water efficiency equipment in cafeterias, minimized the need for irrigation by planting indigenous plants and used collected rain water for flushing toilets and landscaping. Lenovo's water conservation efforts includes for example a water reuse project that was implemented at our research and development center in Beijing which is saving approximately 352,000 liters of water per year or installing sink hardware and toilet flush valves controlling amount of water used in all rest rooms at our site in Morrisville which is saving approximately $8,000 per a year.

 

For additional details on Lenovo’s water management please click on this link to go to Lenovo’s Sustainability reports web page.

 
Resources

Lenovo Waste and Water verification statement for FY 2013/14
Environment
Think Green - Climate
Think Green Products - Energy
Think Green Products - Materials
Think Green Products - Packaging
Think Green Products - Recycling
What’s New: Lenovo’s Green Initiatives
Social investments
Sustainability reports
Social responsibility resources




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