Combating Climate Change: Supply Chain


EICC logoLenovo continues to fully implement the Responsible Business Alliance’s environmental reporting tool or the CDP reporting tool for Tier 1 suppliers (suppliers choose). Based on our suppliers’ Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions reported for 2016, we estimated that the emissions allocated to Lenovo from 90 percent of our direct spend (59 key suppliers) was approximately 1,855,000 MT CO2e. During the current reporting period, 88 percent of our procurement spend had specific GHG reduction targets/goals, which were achieved via implementing energy efficiency projects and/or renewable projects. Lenovo’s overall supplier emissions decreased due to strengthening suppliers’ emissions and environmental controls

Lenovo received a score of A- on the 2017 CDP Supply Chain questionnaire. Click here for additional information about Lenovo’s supplier carbon emissions and reporting.

Lenovo was recognized by CDP as a "2017 Leading Supplier for Corporate Action on Climate Change in China"


In an effort to minimize Lenovo’s climate change impact and reduce its carbon footprint, Lenovo uses local manufacturing facilities in the Americas, Europe and Asia, as well as the lowest carbon shipping methods via truck, rail or sea, where possible. Lenovo is working closely with its shipping partners to ship products responsibly. Lighter and smaller products, more compact and reusable packaging materials, bulk shipping alternatives, and regional distribution facilities allow for lighter loads, load consolidation and full truck load shipments.

Lenovo is compliant to the EN 16258 methodology for calculation and declaration of energy consumption and GHG emissions of transport services (freight and passengers), and we are early adopters of the GLEC -- Global Logistics Emissions Council Framework. Is it our goal to to reduce the transportation emission intensity 25% by FY2029/30, relative to the base year of FY 2017/18.

The Global Logistics team proactively promotes rail transportation for shipments from China to Europe. We also drive ocean-transport consolidation opportunities to reduce the number of containers shipped out of China manufacturing sites with the goal of reducing carbon emissions.

Lenovo Global Logistics continued to launch a series of pallet optimization projects to reduce CO2 emissions associated with logistics. These included:

  • A project to recycle inbound pallets for use in outbound loose carton air shipments at the Lenovo Shenzhen plant. This project is estimated to reduce approximately 480 MT CO2 annually.
  • A new, lighter-weight pallet for air shipments which weighs approximately 9.8kg. This initiative achieves a carbon emissions reduction of approximately 6,595 MT CO2e per year.
  • Lenovo has switched from wood pallets to light plywood pallets for its China mobile manufacturers. This switch yields a carbon emissions reduction of 4,160 MT CO2e yearly.

Lenovo is a founding board member of the Green Freight Asia Network. This nonprofit association’s goal is to promote and improve fuel efficient freight transport and decrease air pollution in Asia. Green Freight Asia was officially launched in October 2013 —please visit their website for further information.

In 2017 Lenovo received the GFA Label Leaf Level ONE Certificate of Excellence in recognition of Lenovo’s Green Road Freight practices.


Lenovo is also an approved U.S. EPA SmartWay partner.

Lenovo continued collecting and calculating product transportation emissions data using DHL’s carbon data dashboard. International and domestic China air, ocean, road and rail transportation emissions were estimated based on shipment data received from Lenovo’s key carriers representing a majority of worldwide global logistics spend.