CLIMATE CHANGE, WASTE AND WATER, AND PARTNERSHIPS
Lenovo's Commitment to the Environment
Lenovo is committed to environmental leadership in all of our business activities from operations to product design and recycling solutions. Lenovo's corporate policy on environmental affairs is supported by the company's ISO 14001 certified global environmental management system (EMS), which is key to our efforts to achieve results consistent with environmental leadership and ensures the company is vigilant in protecting the environment across all of our operations worldwide. This policy was most recently updated in March 2016 to reflect the new requirements of the ISO 14001:2015 standard. The changes made in the 2016 update to the policy include adding more details to our supply chain commitments in a new section; changing the focus from prevention of pollution to environmental protection, and adding further emphasis on risk management, among other enhancements.
Lenovo's Commitment to Sustainability
Environmental responsibility is only one aspect of Lenovo's overall sustainability program. Lenovo's sustainability policy expresses our commitment to taking care of the long-term economic, social and environmental health of our company and the communities in which we operate. Lenovo is a global company and we demonstrate corporate social responsibility everywhere we conduct business.
Learn more about Lenovo’s sustainability initiatives by accessing our Sustainability Report.
Combating Climate Change
Lenovo recognizes that climate change is a serious threat and believes that we should all do our part to reduce harmful greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Lenovo acknowledges and accepts the findings of current climate science which indicate a human contribution to climate change. We support the consensus conclusions of the scientific community described in the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.The company accepts the call to action which arises from these conclusions.
Lenovo is dedicated to reducing our global carbon footprint. We have developed a comprehensive strategy to address all aspects of our business, set aggressive objectives and targets, and we are measuring our performance against each objective and target to insure that we stay on track. Lenovo commits to absolute reductions in the emissions of greenhouse gasses from company operations and to drive and facilitate similar reductions in Lenovo's supply chain and customer base through the implementation of a comprehensive climate change strategy. Lenovo's climate change strategy will be consistent with the findings of developing climate change science and a goal of maintaining global economic security.
Visit our climate change page for more information on the specific actions Lenovo is taking to reduce harmful GHG emissions.
Waste and Water
One of Lenovo's primary environmental objectives for operational facilities involves minimizing solid waste and maximizing recycling and reuse. Lenovo manufacturing and R&D facilities, and some large office locations worldwide, achieved a reuse/recycling rate of 86.7 percent during FY 2014/15. Lenovo operations generate minimal quantities of hazardous waste.
Hazardous waste generated at operational facilities includes oils, coolants, organic solvents, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs and ballasts. All are disposed of in accordance with local environmental regulations with reputable vendors who are approved through a stringent Lenovo audit process. During FY 2014/15, Lenovo neither imported nor exported any hazardous waste.
Lenovo's manufacturing and product development operations do not have any wet processes. Since Lenovo withdraws water only from municipal sources and only for human support, we have minimal impact on local water resources. As such, there are minimal opportunities to reuse and recycle water, but this metric is tracked. We do, however, identify and implement opportunities to reduce the amount of water we consume.
Click here for further information regarding Lenovo's waste and water statistics.
- Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)
- Coalition for Energy and Environmental Leadership in Leased Space
- The Eco Declaration Standard
- Electronics Product Stewardship Canada
- Green Freight Asia (GFA)
- Information Technology Industry Council (ITI)
- International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI)
- Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
- Product Attribute Impact Algorithm (PAIA) Project
- Responsible Recycling (R2)
- United Nations Global Compact
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership (EPA GG
- China Energy Conservation Program (CECP)
- China Environmental Labeling Program (CELP)
- PC+ China Energy Law (CEL)
- Energy Saving work Association of the Chinese Institute of Electronics
- China RoHS Standard Working Group
- China WEEE Working Group
- China ePCF Project
- Consumer Electronics Association
- Solar Solutions