Combating Climate Change: Operations

Energy Efficiency

We are continually working to increase the energy efficiency of our operations. Examples of our initiatives include:

  • Installation of low energy lighting and related electrical equipment,
  • Installation of light and motion sensors,
  • Energy efficiency improvements to HVAC system and chillers,
  • Eliminating or improving usage of transformers and air compressors,
  • Manufacturing area optimization—integrating and modifying assembly lines,
  • Implementation of a low-temperature solder process in our PC manufacturing,
  • Reducing PC on-line testing time,
  • Building management adjustments that turn lights/HVAC on later in morning and off earlier in the afternoon,
  • Improving server/data center energy efficiency,
  • Consolidating operations,
  • Signs/training to encourage turning off lights and laptops when not in use,
  • Reduction in the number of company operated vehicles,
  • Designation as one of the Best Workplaces for Commuters in Morrisville, NC,
  • Participation in Earth Hour (e.g. Bratislava , Slovakia),
    Lenovo Slovakia - Earth Hour 2016
  • Achieving LEED Gold Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance certification for Morrisville, NC buildings,
  • Achieving LEED Platinum Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance certification for Bratislava, Slovakia building,
  • Moving to more environmentally friendly locations (e.g. our office in Paris, France is located in the positive-energy building assessed to BREEAM 2009: Europe Commercial – Offices and has achieved “Very Good” rating),
  • Achieving LEED Gold for New Construction certification for our new headquarters in Beijing, China, which includes using solar energy to provide hot water, and
  • Electric Car GOO
  • Purchasing an electric car and offsetting its electricity usage from renewable sources.

Energy Management System (ISO 50001)

Lenovo’s Energy Management System (EnMS) is ISO 50001-certified. It has been implemented at 36 locations in the European Union as well as our Beijing headquarters and is regularly evaluated by certified bodies through on-site audits. Our EnMS helps us lower our energy consumption, which ultimately leads to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and other related environmental impacts.

Click here to see our ISO 50001 certificate.

Renewable Energy

Lenovo is committed to installing local renewable energy generation sources where feasible. In support of this commitment, we continue to expand our use of on-site solar energy. We have installed solar hot water generation facilities in Beijing and Huiyang and solar electric generation plants in Shanghai and Hefei. The current solar capacity of all these projects is over five MW with emission reduction potential of over 5,000 metric tons of carbon emissions annually.

Our future plans include a solar electricity installation at the Development Drive R&D center in Morrisville, N.C., U.S., a solar electricity installation in Hefei, China (Phase 2) and a proposed project for Lenovo’s site in Wuhan, China.

Hot water solar system in Beijing Carport solar installation in Hefei Rooftop solar panels in Shanghai

Rooftop solar panels in Shanghai Carport solar installation in Hefei Hot water solar system in Beijing

Emission Trading System

Lenovo was selected for a pilot emission trading system in China. It has been determined by the Beijing Municipal authority that Lenovo Beijing is a significant energy consumption enterprise since we consumed more than 5,000 MT coal-equivalent electricity (CO2 emissions over 10,000 MT/year) and as such must meet an emissions trading requirement and emissions reduction of two percent year over year for our Beijing sites. Our server plant in Shenzhen is also listed as a significant carbon emission enterprise, but released emissions do not exceed allocated allowance so reductions are not required. Lenovo is closely monitoring other provinces where this pilot program has been imposed since our sites in Shanghai, Huiyang, Xiamen, Chengdu and Wuhan could be impacted in the future.

The newly implemented China national ETS covers high energy consumption industries such as power, cement and steel. Because Lenovo is classified as an IT industry, the China national ETS requirements have not been imposed on our sites in China at this time.