One of Lenovo’s environmental management objectives is to minimize waste generation and maximize waste
recycling and reuse. Lenovo has been tracking and evaluating both nonhazardous and hazardous waste generated
in its manufacturing, research
and development sites and some large office locations since 2006. FY 2011/12 through FY 2017/18 data were
verified by Bureau Veritas, a third party. The latest verification is available here:
Lenovo's Waste Performance
Lenovo's Waste Inventory (amounts in metric tons)
Note: Waste includes site waste from manufacturing, research and development sites and some
large office locations. For information about product recycling, product take back, and product
end-of-life management, please see Think
Products - Recycling and Lenovo’s Sustainability Reports.
Lenovo's fiscal year is from April 1 through March 31. Beginning in FY 2015/16,
System x and Motorola Mobility data are included in waste data.
Nonhazardous Waste Disposition by Disposal Method
Nonhazardous waste generation increased slightly. In FY 2017/18 Lenovo's nonhazardous solid waste recycling
rate was 91.4%, which was in a range of operational maintenance of a 90% recycling rate (+/-5%). Our global
waste intensity as total nonhazardous waste generated per unit of produced during the fiscal year increased
which can be attributed to year to year total production decrease.
Lenovo does not have wet processes in its manufacturing or research and development operations, so relatively
small quantities of water are used. All water use at Lenovo is related to human consumption and sanitation.
For that reason Lenovo does not set internal global water reduction targets; however, some of our facilities
have established water-related goals and we set operational control water targets for global water
withdrawal and global wastewater generation. Lenovo has tracked, monitored, analyzed, and published water
withdrawal and wastewater discharge data since 2006. FY 2011/12 through FY 2017/18 data were verified by
Bureau Veritas, a third party. The latest verification is available here:
Lenovo's Water Performance
Lenovo's Water Inventory (amounts in cubic meters)
Note: Water data includes manufacturing, research and development sites and some large office
locations. Lenovo's fiscal year is from April 1 through March 31. Beginning in FY 2015/16, System x and
Motorola Mobility data are included in water data.
Water withdrawal and wastewater discharge decreased in FY 2017/18.
Lenovo withdraws water only from municipal sources and only for human support; therefore, we have minimal
impact on local water resources and minimal opportunities to reuse water. However, several of our sites
installed water efficient fixtures
in restrooms, purchased water efficiency equipment for cafeterias, minimized the need for irrigation by
planting indigenous plants and used collected rain water for flushing toilets and landscaping. Examples of
Lenovo's water conservation
efforts include a water reuse project implemented at our research and development center in Beijing, which
is saving approximately 352,000 liters of water per year, and the installation of sink hardware and toilet
flush valves controlling
the amount of water used in all rest rooms at our site in Morrisville, which is saving approximately $8,000
per a year.
In 2017 Lenovo responded for the first time to the CDP Water questionnaire (CDP
is a voluntary public reporting system). Lenovo was rated as Management Level with a score of B. Our 2017
CDP Supply Chain Water score was B.
Lenovo’s water reporting to CDP, including water risk mapping, is available on CDP's website.
Product Water Footprint
Lenovo recognizes the importance of water withdrawal in our own operations and our supply chain. In addition
to the metrics we collect on water withdrawal in Lenovo’s operations described above, we are also looking at
the water impact of our products as part of a new project on product water impact measurement being driven
by Lenovo's desktop development team. Click here for more details on