Lenovo computers are proudly leading the industry in the use of recyclable materials. At present, the company is developing the next generation of ‘green,’ eco-friendly supercomputers at competitive prices.
The problem of plastics and energy usage
Plastics have been an integral part of computer hardware development. In the creation of gadgets, laptops and other devices, one of the main components is plastics. A typical gadget is comprised of 40% steel, 30-40% plastic and 10-20 % other metals such as copper, gold, silver, cadmium, and platinum. The difficulty of recycling plastics has been evident in documentaries and social media videos–the continuous garbage pollution found in our oceans, and perpetual dumping in landfills prevents us to recycle plastics efficiently. The development of new gadgets has also posed a problem in the energy usage, with more high-power devices consuming more energy desired, totaling to 600 terawatt-hours of electricity used worldwide.
Since 2007, the new type of recyclable plastics with post-consumer content is available to Lenovo products. The production development teams of Lenovo have been continuously innovating to integrate new customer requirements, as more consumers have been more environmentally conscious over the years. Lenovo also aims to contribute to global eco-friendly objectives by adhering to the EPEATT Gold registrations for the products.
Integration with different device models
Initially, Lenovo started to use PCC plastics in their personal computer models. They continually expanded to using PCCs in their ThinkPad SL410 and SL510 notebook models, which comprised of more than 10% PCC. Lenovo’s PCC plastic use for their hardware has dramatically increased over the years. On average, 80-90% of Lenovo ThinkPad E series and L series notebooks have recycled content. Other models such as the upcoming Supercomputer SuperMUC-NG also adapted this hardware composition.
Power Efficiency in Supercomputers
Traditional supercomputers are known to be high-powered and therefore make use of large amounts of energy to operate. However, the launching of the new supercomputer model called SuperMUC-NG is guaranteed to deliver powerful but energy-efficient performance. These supercomputers set to be released in late 2018 will be used to assist industries in research across several complex scientific disciplines such as astrophysics, life sciences and data analytics.
Marketing the ‘green’ design
Lenovo continues to market itself as a ‘green’ brand, offering products which are mostly made of recycled plastic products. Some of these include recycled material from office water jugs, IT equipment and plastic water bottles from accumulated from landfills. The ‘green’ design also incorporates increased energy efficiency for all products, which utilizes minimal energy to power products such as the SuperMUC-NG. Lenovo believes that technology need not be at the expense of the environment.
Minimizing environmental impact
Lenovo’s commitment to lessening the repercussions of technology manufacture in the environment is truly inspiring. Additionally, the company has also implemented policies to reduce chemicals and substances during manufacture that can potentially harm the environment. One of their present goals is to reduce and potentially eliminate the use of halogen in their hardware production. Halogen as a pollutant is known to cause cell death in plants and animals and could be potentially harmful as an inhaled substance.
Achieving an eco-friendly label
Due to Lenovo’s efforts to manufacture its products under eco-friendly guidelines, they were the first computer brand to receive Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Environment’s Sustainable Products Certification. This is considered as the “Gold” level for the IEEE 1680.1 standard). This certification allowed them to acquire this label in their products, making it pass through the criteria of sustainability, efficient materials use, effective energy use and eco-friendly parts.
Supercomputers in the making
Lenovo’s series of Supercomputers and ThinkPads are not just supercomputers for their performance, but also environmental-friendly “super” computers in their own right. Lenovo’s exemplary approach to hardware manufacture is definitely something that other computer companies can model themselves into. After all, there are consumers who are now environmentally conscious with their choice of products. Being able to have this certification will not only enhance Lenovo’s distinction in the tech industry but will also set a standard for other manufacturers to think “green” when it comes to developing computers and other gadgets.