Combating Climate Change: Plan and Approach

Lenovo is committed to continually reducing the global carbon footprint of all of its business activities. This commitment is demonstrated by developing Lenovo's corporate Climate and Energy Policy, setting aggressive corporate-wide Climate Change Objectives and Targets, and implementing a long term comprehensive Climate Change Strategy. Management of climate change activities and programs is carried out within the scope of Lenovo's global environmental management system (EMS).

Climate and Energy Policy

Lenovo's corporate Climate and Energy Policy was signed by Yuanqing Yang, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. This policy applies to all Lenovo's operations and activities.

Click here to view Lenovo's Climate and Energy Policy.

Climate Change Strategy

Lenovo’s climate change strategy focuses on five areas of influence. Lenovo identifies and works with partners in each of these areas to drive and facilitate global, national and local greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions.

The areas of influence include:

  • Lenovo internal operations and the direct emissions from our facilities (Scope 1 emissions),
  • Energy suppliers and their operational emissions which are attributable to our activities (Scope 2 emissions),
  • Our supply chain and emissions associated with the production and delivery of goods and services to Lenovo (cradle to gate – Upstream Scope 3 emissions),
  • Our customers and the emissions associated with their procurement, use and disposal of our products (gate to grave – Downstream Scope 3 emissions),
  • Government, NGO, and public actions in support of transition to a low-carbon economy.

For more details on Lenovo's climate change strategy, please see the white paper Addressing Climate Change at Lenovo.

Climate Change Objectives and Targets

In accordance with the requirements of Lenovo's EMS, energy consumption, the associated GHG emissions and the resulting climate change impacts have been identified as significant environmental aspects and impacts for the company. To address these significant aspects, company-wide climate change objectives and targets (O&T) are established. Energy and emissions reductions plans to support accomplishing these O&T are maintained and updated annually. The energy and emissions project hierarchy that Lenovo uses to establish these plans favors energy efficiency first, use of renewable energy second and finally the purchase of renewable energy credits or carbon offsets.

In addition to implementing energy efficiency projects, we purchase renewable energy commodities and carbon offsets to ensure we met our reduction goals. To date this work has been carried out exclusively by Lenovo personnel. As we continue rapid growth in infrastructure, organization and product sales, meeting our long-term goals becomes more challenging. To help us address this we are now evaluating external partners to help us drive continued improvement in this area.

Progress towards accomplishing our O&T is tracked and reported to management on an ongoing basis.

Lenovo continued reducing emissions during FY 2017/18 and achieved a 32% emissions reduction relative to FY 2009/10. We continue working internally to identify and implement actions to improve energy efficiency across our organization and increase Lenovo's use of renewable energy globally. Lenovo has passive solar systems at facilities in Beijing and Huiyang, China and active solar systems in Shanghai and Hefei, China. An active solar system has been approved for Morrisville, NC, USA and another active solar system is currently being planned for our manufacturing facility in Wuhan, China. Lenovo is exploring further opportunities to take energy efficiency and GHG emissions reductions to the next level in order to meet our second-generation goal of a 40% reduction by 2020 relative to our base year, a target approved by Lenovo's Board of Directors.

Lenovo’s Board of Directors has endorsed an additional new renewable energy target that will increase our renewable energy installation portfolio worldwide. The solar electric generation project in Hefei, China, implemented to help achieve our renewable energy and emissions reductions target, was completed and began producing electricity in FY 2016/17. New projects will be announced as they are finalized.

Lenovo’s climate change objectives and targets: