Lenovo Sustainability

Combatting Climate Change: Performance

Making Progress

We began reporting our GHG emissions performance in our 2009 Corporate Environmental Report. Since then, we have continued to track, report and strive to improve our performance yearly.


Lenovo internal operations and the direct emissions from our facilities.


Energy suppliers and their operational emissions which are attributable to our activities.


Our supply chain and emissions associated with the production and delivery of goods and services to Lenovo, as well as our customers and the emissions associated with their procurement, use, and disposal of our products.


Lenovo internal operations and the direct emissions from our facilities.

During FY 2017/18, Lenovo achieved a 32% emissions reduction relative to FY 2009/10. Our emissions inventory normalized by total revenue, employee population, floor area, and unit of production decreased in comparison with the previous year. And by 2020, we are on track to achieve our target to reduce combined Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 40% relative to our base year.

Please note that as part of our improvements efforts, from April 1, 2009, Lenovo transitioned to reporting energy and climate change performance in conjunction with our financial year (FY = Apr 1, through Mar 31). Following this change at the recommendation of our external verifier, Lenovo changed its base year for GHG emissions to FY 2009/10.

In addition, Lenovo started to report location- and market-based Scope 2 emissions from FY 2015/16. Base and consecutive year Scope 2 totals are the same for the location- and market-based methods as product and supplier-specific market-based data were not available in the base year and consecutive years; as such, the location-based results have been used as a proxy for the market-based method.

Overall Scope 3 emissions decreased by less than 0.6% in FY 2017/18.

Lenovo's GHG Emissions - Scope 3Metric Tones, CO₂% of Total
Business Travel49,00033%
Product Transportation359,0002.45%
Emissions from Waste1,7000.01%
Employee Commuting20,1000.14%
Purchased Goods and Services1,855,00012.65%
Fuel-and-Energy Related Activities (not included in Scope 1 or 2)11,9000.08%
Use of Sold Products11,847,00080.81%
End of Life Treatment of Sold Products271,0001.85%
Capital Goods246,0001.68%
Since FY 2009/10, our GHG data is verified annually against ISO 14064-3:2006: Greenhouse gases – Part 3: Specification with guidance for the validation and verification of greenhouse gas assertion, and ISO 14065:2007
FY 2011/12 through FY 2017/18, the data was verified to a reasonable level of assurance. The most recent verification is available here
See our Sustainability Report for more information about our GHG inventory.

External Initiatives

Lenovo publicly discloses our GHG emissions and climate change strategies through CDP, an independent not-for-profit organization that seeks to prevent dangerous climate change and environmental damage.

2017 Lenovo Climate Change Questionnaire Score


2017 Lenovo Supply Chain Questionnaire Score


Lenovo’s CDP responses are available on the CDP website (scroll down to the bottom of the page and enter «Lenovo» in the search box).

«Lenovo has been working with CDP, an international, not-for-profit organisation providing the only global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information, for the past years to report on their environmental related information to their stakeholders and the general public. Lenovo, as one of internationally leading companies, embraces the traditional Chinese business wisdom and the contemporary universal business ethics, fully understands that transparency could create value, get smart and get engaged through good data. Lenovo sets an excellent example for companies, especially for Chinese ones to follow.»

Sabrina Zhang - CDP China Country Director

Recognition of Lenovo’s efforts in addressing climate change include: