The Digital Declaration report ‘Navigating the era of responsible business leadership in today’s world’ showcases how the Digital Declaration signatories are turning their aspirations into concrete actions and how technology can foster an inclusive, trusted and innovative digital society for all.
This series of interviews provides a spotlight on individual leaders sharing their insights and perspectives around trust, inclusion and innovation in the digital age.
In conversation with Yuanqing Yang, Chairman and CEO, Lenovo.
Lenovo has set science-based greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goals for 2030. Was it a challenge? What was your motivation?
Lenovo set its original 10-year emissions reduction goals in 2010. After achieving these goals by 2020, we wanted to ensure that our next generation of goals were aligned to the latest climate science and contributed to the collaborative effort to limit global warming. By basing our 2030 targets on climate science and having them approved by the Science Based Targets initiative, we’re ensuring that our commitments are credible and that others can learn from our journey to expedite progress in limiting global warming. The process of developing and gaining approval for our science-based targets by the Science Based Targets initiative took several years to complete, and we are proud to pursue our emissions reduction goals with this distinction.
In addition, Lenovo committed to removing one million tons of GHG emissions from its supply chain by FY 2025/26, how are you working with your suppliers to achieve this goal? Are they also setting science-based targets?
We know scope 3 emissions are the most difficult to measure, but they symbolise the interconnected nature of today’s global businesses. We understand when our suppliers make progress toward their emissions reduction goals, it helps accelerate progress by others, including Lenovo. We encourage all organisations to align to the latest climate science and submit their emissions reduction goals for review by the Science Based Targets initiative.
E-waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the world. As the global leader in PC manufacturing in terms of market share, what actions is Lenovo taking to tackle this issue?
As with climate change, Lenovo has had a very mature process in place regarding our product end-of-life practices. We recognise that we have a great opportunity to create impact by increasing our reuse and recycling of e-waste.
While there are many potential areas of innovation in materials recycling across different industries, we have focused our efforts on recycling and reusing e-waste materials because it is the area where we can make the biggest impact.
We are working with suppliers to innovate new recycled materials to be integrated into our products, and we are focused on our Product End-of-Life Management programme that provides responsible disposal and recycling of our products. From the design of our products to the end of their lifecycle, we are looking for ways to increase our participation and impact in the circular economy so that by 2025, 100 per cent of our PC products will contain recycled material and we will have enabled the recycling and reuse of 800 million lbs / ~363 million kgs of end-of-life products.
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