Think Green – Reducing/Recycling Waste and Conserving Water

Waste

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 2016/17 data were verified by Bureau Veritas, a third party. The latest verification is available here: FY 2016/17

Lenovo's Waste Performance

Lenovo's Waste Inventory
(amounts in metric tons)

FY 2009/10 FY 2010/11 FY 2011/12 FY 2012/13 FY 2013/14 FY 2014/15 FY 2015/16 FY 2016/17
Nonhazardous 11,996 12,692 16,765 20,089 27,317 35,945 40,042 44,033
Hazardous 35 18 11 13 27 210 79 68

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 Green 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 is included in waste data.

Nonhazardous Waste Disposition by Disposal Method

Nonhazardous waste generation increased due to structural changes in terms of acquiring and integrating other businesses. In FY 2016/17 Lenovo's nonhazardous solid waste recycling rate was 87.5%, 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 decreased.

After several years of improvements in recycling rate and waste intensity metrics, continued reductions are very challenging. While Lenovo will continue to identify and implement actions to improve our waste management performance, during the coming year Lenovo has set targets which establish an acceptable control limit based upon the previous year’s performance.

For additional details on Lenovo's waste management please see Lenovo's most recent Sustainability Reports.

Water

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 use and global wastewater generation. Lenovo has tracked, monitored, analyzed, and published water use and wastewater discharge data since 2006. FY 2011/12 through FY 2016/17 data were verified by Bureau Veritas, a third party. The latest verification is available here: FY 2016/17

Lenovo's Water Performance

Lenovo's Water Inventory
(amounts in cubic meters)

FY 2009/10 FY 2010/11 FY 2011/12 FY 2012/13 FY 2013/14 FY 2014/15 FY 2015/16 FY 2016/17
Water Use 295,212 302,391 508,935 602,155 874,742 1,202,689 1,366,829 1,429,610
Wastewater Discharge 259,451 272,541  484,072 549,678 811,807 1,127,164 1,298,427 1,351,405

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 is included in water data.

Water consumption and wastewater discharge increased in FY 2016/17 due to including acquired businesses in our water inventory.

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.

For additional details on Lenovo’s water management please see Lenovo’s Sustainability reports.

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.

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 use in our own operations and our supply chain. In addition to the metrics we collect on water used 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 this project.