Lenovo Sustainability

Environmental Targets

FY 2019/20 Objectives and Targets

Product Aspects

Tartget Type Objective Target(s)


Minimize packaging material consumption while driving the use of environmentally sustainable materials. Support bulk packaging for DCG products and/or options.
Achieve 5% reduction in weight or volume for at least one product.
Increase more eco-friendly content of packaging. Move packaging corrugated box material recycled content to more than 50% in MTY MX.
Introducing HRC (high recycled content) PE 1.7 PCF material to more products and options WW.
Increase use of 100% PCC cushion by 10% based on shipping volumes relative to previous year.
Identify one new Lenovo product for which to implement use of 100% biodegradable/compostable packaging.
Packaging box material recycled content must be at least 60% or greater for all new phone products released in FY 2019/20.

Product Energy

Drive reduction in product energy use. New products must show improved energy efficiency relative to the previous generation of the product.1
Enable industry best practices to reduce energy waste and improve efficiency on new products where technically and financially feasible.
Finalize Scope 3 (use of sold products) science based targets for submission by September 30, 2019 in support of establishment of Lenovo’s science based targets.
Ensure all products are compliant with regulatory requirements and select products are compliant with preferred energy standards.
For products requiring IEEE 1680.1 registration, ensure applicable product meets Lowest Power Mode limits per the requirements and exceptions allowed in the IEEE 1680.1 standard.
Quantify lifecycle CO2e emissions associated with the use of Lenovo products. Continue to support external development of PCF methodologies and standards through membership and participation in key organizations.
Ensure product carbon footprint is published for all new Lenovo products.2
Begin calculating PCF for newly released servers by April 1, 2019.3
Perform LCA (life-cycle assessment) for one Lenovo selected product by September 1, 2019.

Product Materials 1, 4, 5, 6

All products across all business units shall contain some Post-Consumer Recycled Content (PCC) Plastic. All newly released DT, AIO, workstation, notebook, tablet, visual and accessory products shall contain a minimum of 2% PCC in product.
Explore opportunities for PCC usage for MBG products.
All newly released server products shall contain minimum of 10% PCC in external enclosure.7
Each BU8 to implement use of closed loop PCC in at least one product by March 31, 2020.
Sustain technological advances and maintain portfolio relative to low halogen products. Monitor and respond to market requirements in this area. For products requiring IEEE 1680.1 registration, ensure each plastic part in the product exceeding 25 g shall not contain greater than 1000 ppm chlorine or greater than 1000 ppm bromine at the homogeneous level per the requirements and exceptions allowed in the IEEE 1680.1 standard.
Upon customer request make available external PVC-free cable.

Location Aspects

Tartget Type Objective Target(s)

Site Air Emissions

Absolute reduction in CO2e emissions from Lenovo operations worldwide. Reduce Lenovo’s global Scope 1 + Scope 2 GHG emissions by 40% by March 31, 2020, relative to FY 2009/10.9
LME, GRE, LCRE and GEA will establish global action plans to reduce combined Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions by 40% by March 31, 2020, relative to FY 2009/10. The plan will be reviewed and updated annually, at a minimum.9
Submit Lenovo’s science-based targets proposal for official evaluation by Science Based Target Initiatives by December 31, 2019.

Site Energy Consumption

Maximize energy efficiency and minimize CO2e emissions associated with the development, manufacture and delivery of Lenovo products. Achieve 30MW of Lenovo owned or leased renewable energy generation capacity globally by 2020.
Achieve a YTY increase in energy purchased from renewable generation sources globally, relative to the previous FY.10
Achieve YTY improved energy intensity11 index at manufacturing sites globally, relative to the previous FY.
Achieve YTY improved electricity intensity12 at R&D and office sites globally, relative to the previous FY.

Waste Management

Minimize environmental impacts associated with solid waste generated from Lenovo operations and products. Maintain a global nonhazardous waste recycling rate > 90% (+/- 5%).13

Water Management

Minimize environmental impacts associated with water use and water discharge from Lenovo operations and products. Total global water withdrawal will be +/-5% of FY 2018/19.
Total global wastewater generation will be +/-5% of FY 2018/19.

Supply Chain Aspects

Tartget Type Objective Target(s)

Product End-of-Life Management

Provide product recycling programs and recycling related information that meets or exceeds local legal requirements wherever we do business. For geos requiring 1680.1 product registration, ensure requirements for end-of-life processing are met with required documentation in place.

Supplier Environmental Performance

Monitor and drive environmental impact reductions in the Lenovo supply chain. Require climate change reduction targets for at least 85% of Lenovo direct suppliers based on procurement spend.
Reduce the supplier emission intensity 25% by 2025 relative to a 2015 base year.
Drive improvements in supplier ISO 14001, ISO 50001 and EMS reporting to support BUs in obtaining optional IEEE 1680.1 points.
Minimize potential environmental impact of Lenovo’s suppliers. Complete RBA and Cat 3 environmental audits on time per Lenovo requirements.


Drive collaborative environmental efforts in Lenovo’s global logistics. Enhance logistics global GHG emission measurement to have trackable achievements.
Drive internal decision making & external carrier engagement to build Lenovo logistics green leadership.
Drive network optimization and technical solutions from packaging & recycling to reduce emissions.


  1. An exemption from targets in this area may be requested where the BU can clearly demonstrate achieving the target places the Lenovo product at a large price disadvantage against its competition or is not technically feasible.
  2. For products for which a PAIA tool exists.
  3. For general purpose products. Hyperscale products have exemption.
  4. Availability of PCC plastics can be determined through consultation with environmental affairs and/or suppliers on the Lenovo Approved PCC Supplier list.
  5. To drive increased usage of PCC all BUs shall include a requirement for the identification of applications for the use of PCC in MRD and RFI/RFQ. PCC shall be used when technical specifications and cost parity are met.
  6. PCC percentage is calculated using EPEAT methodology.
  7. If product not being registered to EPEAT, PM2 is N/A. If product is being registered to EPEAT, exemptions allowed per EPEAT requirements.
  8. Optional for servers and phones.
  9. These goals may be accomplished through energy efficiency, installation of onsite renewable generation, entry into power purchase agreements (PPA) with power providers, and/or the purchase of renewable energy credits and carbon offsets.
  10. This goal may be accomplished through, installation of onsite renewable energy generation, entry into power purchase agreements (PPA) with power providers and/or the purchase of renewable energy credits.
  11. Energy intensity index is energy consumption in kWh per production volume.
  12. Electricity intensity is electricity consumption in kWh per employee.
  13. Percent of nonhazardous solid waste disposed of through reuse, recycle or incineration with energy recovery.