Lenovo Sustainability

Combatting Climate Change: Approach

Our Approach

Lenovo’s approach to mitigating climate change is built on a solid foundation of policy, strategy, and an ISO 14001-certified Environmental Management System (EMS).

Lenovo is committed to continually reducing our global carbon footprint across all of our business activities. This can be demonstrated through our:

  • Climate and Energy Policy
  • Climate Change Strategy
  • Climate Change Objectives and Targets

All of this is controlled and monitored by our EMS. It reflects our commitment to design and manufacture environmentally conscious products that minimize environmental impact, and to continually improve our performance in this area.

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Climate and Energy Policy

Our policy recognizes that climate change is a serious threat and expresses our belief that we should all do our part to reduce harmful greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Signed by Yuanqing Yang, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, it applies to all Lenovo operations and activities.

Click here to read our Climate and Energy Policy.

Climate Change Strategy

Our strategy focuses on the following five key areas:

  • 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
  • Our customers and the emissions associated with their procurement, use, and disposal of our products
  • Government, NGO, and public actions in support of transitioning to a low-carbon economy

In each of these areas, we identify and work with partners to drive and facilitate global, national and local GHG emission reductions. For more information, click here to read our white paper Addressing Climate Change at Lenovo.

Cooperating for Progress

Lenovo supports multi-stakeholder efforts to drive progress in climate change mitigation through the following activities:


Jointly initiating the China Low Carbon Alliance


Signing the We Mean Business Initiative


Signing the American Business Act on Climate Pledge


Presenting at the inaugural meeting of the China Green Manufacturing Alliance


Joined the Product Attribute to Impact Algorithm (PAIA) Project, a collaboration led by Quantis and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), to streamline Product Carbon Footprints (PCF) for Information and Communications Technology products. For more information, click here.

Lenovo’s second-generation goal of a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 relative to our base year is a target approved by Lenovo's Board of Directors.

Each year, as part of our EMS process, we set company-wide objectives and targets (O&Ts). These O&Ts address areas identified as significant for Lenovo, and, with regard to climate change, include energy consumption, associated GHG emissions, and resulting climate change impacts.

In designing our solutions, we seek prioritize energy efficiency first, driving installation of onsite renewable energy generation second and purchasing renewable energy commodities or carbon offsets third.

In addition to initiating projects to improve energy efficiency and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions across our organization, we are looking to increase Lenovo's use of renewable energy globally.

Climate Change Objectives and Targets

Lenovo GHG Emissions
Scope 3 Upstream
  • Purchased goods and services
  • Capital goods
  • Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 and 2
  • Transportation and distribution
  • Waste generated in operations
  • Business travel
  • Employee commuting
  • Leased assets
  • Investments
Scope 1 + Scope 2

Emissions from on-site fuel combustions, fuel combustion in owned/controlled vehicles, use of purchased electricity and steam & cooling, and fugitive emissions

Reduced by 40%

FY 2009/10
FY 2019/20

via energy efficiency, renewable energy, renewable energy commodities, and carbon offsets


Scope 3 categories in orange are tracked and evaluated and ind some cases actions are being taken to drive emissions reductions
Scope 3 categories in black are not relevant to Lenovo

Scope 3 Downstream
  • Transportation and distribution
  • Processing of sold products
  • Use of sold products
  • End-of-life treatment of sold product
  • Leased assets
  • Franchises