Lenovo Sustainability

Combatting Climate Change: Performance

Making Progress

We began reporting our GHG emissions performance in our 2009 Corporate Environmental Report. Since then, we have continued to track, report and strive to improve our performance yearly.


Lenovo internal operations and the direct emissions from our facilities.


Energy suppliers and their operational emissions which are attributable to our activities.


Our supply chain and emissions associated with the production and delivery of goods and services to Lenovo, as well as our customers and the emissions associated with their procurement, use, and disposal of our products.


Lenovo internal operations and the direct emissions from our facilities.

During FY 2018/19, Lenovo achieved a 92 percent emissions reduction relative to FY 2009/10, meeting our 2020 target one year early and exceeding the goal by achieving a 92 percent reduction globally in FY 2018/19. The Scope 1 and Scope 2 reductions were accomplished by implementing energy efficiency projects, using solar sources at sites and purchasing renewable energy certificates from renewable projects in the United States, international renewable energy certificates from renewable projects in Brazil, China, India and Mexico, Guarantees of Origin in Europe and carbon offsets in China. As a result, we achieved 100 percent carbon balanced Scope 1 and 2 emissions in China.

Please note that as part of our improvement efforts, from April 1, 2009, Lenovo transitioned to reporting energy and climate change performance in conjunction with our financial year (FY = Apr 1, through Mar 31). Following this change at the recommendation of our external verifier, Lenovo changed its base year for GHG emissions to FY 2009/10.

In addition, Lenovo started to report location- and market-based Scope 2 emissions from FY 2015/16. Base and consecutive year Scope 2 totals are the same for the location- and market-based methods as product and supplier-specific market-based data were not available in the base year and consecutive years; as such, the location-based results have been used as a proxy for the market-based method.

*At the end of FY 2012/13, Lenovo adjusted its historical CO2e emissions data to account for the acquisition of Medion in Germany and our joint venture with NEC in Japan. At the end of FY 2015/16, Lenovo adjusted historical CO2e emissions to account for acquiring System x and Motorola Mobility.

+GHG Reporting Protocols against which verification was conducted:

  • World Resources Institute (WRI)/World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol, Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard, Revised Edition (Scope 1 and 2) and the GHG Protocol Scope 2 Guidance, an amendment to the GHG Protocol Corporate Standard.
  • WRI/WBCSD Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Accounting and Reporting Standard (Scope 3)

+GHG and Energy Verification Protocols used to conduct the verification:

  • ISO 14064-3: Greenhouse gases -- Part 3: Specification with guidance for the validation and verification of greenhouse gas assertions
  • International Standard on Assurance Engagements (ISAE) 3000 Revised, Assurance Engagements Other than Audits or Reviews of Historical Financial Information (effective for assurance reports dated on or after Dec. 15, 2015), issued by the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board.

See our Sustainability Report for more information about our GHG inventory. For GHG and Energy verification statements, please click here.

External Initiatives

Lenovo publicly discloses our GHG emissions and climate change strategies through CDP, an independent not-for-profit organization that seeks to prevent dangerous climate change and environmental damage.

2018 Lenovo CDP Climate Change Questionnaire Score


2018 Lenovo Supply Chain Questionnaire Score


Lenovo’s CDP responses are available on the CDP website (scroll down to the bottom of the page and enter «Lenovo» in the search box).

«Lenovo has been working with CDP, an international, not-for-profit organisation providing the only global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information, for the past years to report on their environmental related information to their stakeholders and the general public. Lenovo, as one of internationally leading companies, embraces the traditional Chinese business wisdom and the contemporary universal business ethics, fully understands that transparency could create value, get smart and get engaged through good data. Lenovo sets an excellent example for companies, especially for Chinese ones to follow.»

Sabrina Zhang - CDP China Country Director

Recognition of Lenovo’s efforts in addressing climate change also includes the “2018 CDP China Influence Award on Climate Change Mitigation”.