Combatting Climate Change: Operations
Reducing our impact
Lenovo continually strives to improve the energy efficiency of our internal operations, as well as identify further opportunities to reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
In FY 2017/18, we implemented approximately 10 new energy efficiency projects worldwide. This in addition to the more than 150 that were initiated in the previous nine years. The FY 2017/18 projects will reduce energy consumption by 8,500 MWh annually.
Our energy savings activities include:
Installing low energy lighting, including light and motion sensors
Improving energy efficiency for our HVAC system and chillers
Eliminating or improving usage of transformers and air compressors
Manufacturing area optimization—by integrating and modifying assembly lines
Implementing a low-temperature solder process in our PC manufacturing
Reducing PC on-line testing time
Improving server/data center energy efficiency
Reducing the number of company operated vehicles
Participating in Earth Hour
Achieving LEED Gold certification for our new headquarters in Beijing, China, which includes using solar energy to provide hot water
LEED Gold Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance certification for Morrisville, NC buildings
Energy Management System - ISO 50001
Lenovo is ISO 50001 - Energy Management System certified in all European Union (EU) locations. In FY 2017/18, we expanded this energy management system (EMS) to our Beijing headquarters. Furthermore, since FY 2019/2020 Energy Management System is certified also in Russia and United Arab Emirates. This international standard recognizes organizations that use energy efficiently to help conserve resources and tackle climate change.
Having a first-rate EMS in place will further improve our energy performance. It also leads to better energy efficiency, lower use, and consumption – leading ultimately to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and other related environmental impacts. Additionally, it will increase our employees' awareness of responsible energy behavior.
Click here to see our ISO 50001 certificates.
Lenovo is committed to increasing its use of renewable energy and has set a target of achieving 30MW of owned or leased renewable energy generation capacity globally by 2020.
Our current solar capacity of over 5MW, which has the potential to reduce over 5,000 metric tons of carbon emission annually, includes:
Hot water solar system in Beijing
Rooftop solar panels in Shanghai
Photovoltaic panels in Hefei, China
In addition, we are working on a solar electric project R&D center in Morrisville, U.S.A., a solar electric installation in Hefei, China, and a proposed project in Wuhan, China. These projects, which are in various phases of development, represent potential energy savings of almost 15 MW.
Renewable Energy Commodities
Where the use of renewable energy is not technically or economically feasible, Lenovo purchases renewable energy commodities, such as Renewable Energy Credits (REC), International Renewable Energy Credits (I-REC), Guarantees of Origin (GO) and carbon offsets.
Lenovo partnered with ClimeCo and purchased 10,000 MT CO2e of carbon offsets, 35,000 MWh of Green-e Energy certified RECs, 45,000 MWh of I-RECs, and 6,500 MWh of GOs. These supported 100% renewable wind energy projects in China, Europe, and the U.S.A., and were in addition to local purchases by Lenovo’s sites. The 2017 retired carbon offsets, RECs, and REGOs certificates are available here: 2017
Any renewable energy instruments purchased by Lenovo must demonstrate that the carbon reductions are real, additional, permanent, verifiable, and certified to recognizable industry standards (e.g. Green-e, Verified Carbon Standard, and I-REC).
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes Lenovo for green power purchasing. Click here for more information.
Sichuan Province, China
Emissions Trading System
In China, Lenovo Beijing was selected for a pilot emissions trading system (ETS) in 2013 in China. A significant energy consumption enterprise since, we consumed more than 5,000 MT coal-equivalent electricity (CO2 emissions over 10,000 MT/year). As such, we were asked to cut our emissions by 2% year over year in our Beijing sites.
In addition, our server plant in Shenzhen is listed as a significant carbon emission enterprise, but the released emissions do not exceed the allocated allowance so no reductions are required. Lenovo is also closely monitoring our sites in Shanghai, Huiyang, Xiamen, Chengdu and Wuhan, which could be impacted in the future.
Furthermore, Lenovo has a climate and energy policy in place, plus a clear strategy to help meet our regulatory emission requirements. This includes: establishing a comprehensive energy/carbon system and implementing energy verification and energy management audits, as well as purchasing carbon offsets.
This is the fourth year Lenovo has been a part of the ETS. Since our business is developing constantly, we are expecting a need to purchase further allowances. However, our energy efficiency projects will help us meet our emissions reductions requirements.