Greener Products for a Greener Tomorrow
Wherever possible, Lenovo looks to use environmentally preferable materials that meet our strict technological, quality, environmental, and health and safety requirements. Where economically viable alternatives do not exist, we monitor usage above the defined concentration limits. This data can then be reported to customers and other stakeholders.
Lenovo supports the phasing out of brominated flame retardants (BFRs), chlorinated flame retardants (CFRs) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). BFRs are mainly used in power cords, cables, AC adapters, planar assemblies, subcards, connectors, and some modular parts, while PVC is primarily used in power cords and cables.
We also support the definition of “BFR/CFR/PVC free” as set by the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI), the not-for-profit R&D consortium of leading electronics manufacturers, suppliers, associations, government agencies, and universities.
In addition, we are committed to driving our supply chain to taking a similar approach, while striving to eliminate halogen from our products.
Our achievements include:
- Eliminating most of the BFR, CFR and PVC from our ThinkPad notebooks, which also now have low-halogen printed circuit boards
- Meeting the iNEMI definition of low halogen in many Lenovo commercial monitors (excluding their circuit boards and external cables)
- Using low-halogen chassis and CPUs in our ThinkCentre desktops
- Phasing out completely the use of BFR/CFR/PVC in all mechanical plastic parts (such as external covers, housings, etc.) across all our products
- Prohibiting the intentional addition of the following materials to any Lenovo parts:
- Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBBs)
- Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs)
- Deca-Brominated Diphenyl Ethers
We have also made significant progress in phasing out halogen in many parts across several product lines. This includes all plastic enclosures, most components and connectors (with the exception of printed circuit board laminates), all mechanical plastic parts (such as product covers, housings and bezels), and many hard disk drives, optical disk drives, solid-state drives, LCD screens, memory, CPUs, chipsets, communication cards, and other commodities with offerings that meet the iNEMI definition of low halogen.
In addition, we plan to use additional BFR-, CFR-, and PVC-free parts and materials across the across our family of products as acceptable alternative materials become available, working towards the goal to eventually phase out the use of these materials. Meanwhile, we continue to work with our suppliers to pilot new BFR-, CFR- and PVC-free applications.
We have also identified a list of materials and substances of environmental interest. These substances may be candidates for further restrictions in the future. As such, we hold our suppliers accountable for reporting the use of these materials through the declarations they must make to us.