Lenovo ThinkPad Captures UL's Environment Gold Rating

UL Environment put the laptop to test for sustainable lifecycle design.

Lenovo has announced that it has become the first company to earn a Gold rating for the laptop category in UL Environment’s new Sustainable Product Certification (SPC) for high-tech equipment. UL Environment tested the upcoming ThinkPad T420 laptop, to be introduced later this month, for the most stringent and prestigious of three levels of compliance.

“Becoming the first PC-maker with a UL Environment Gold-certified laptop reconfirms efforts we’ve made to green our products and advancing sustainability throughout our organization,” said Rob Taylor, director of environmental affairs, Lenovo. “Our upcoming products, like the ThinkPad T420, demonstrate that we can make high performance technology that’s environmentally responsible.”

In order to determine compliance with the IEEE 1680 sustainability standard, UL Environment assessed product documentation and records, physically examined product samples, independently tested the product for compliance to Energy Star 5.0 requirements, and conducted onsite audits of manufacturing facilities. UL Environment-certified environmental criteria include the elimination or reduction of certain hazardous substances that pose threats to human health and the environment.

"UL’s trusted independent testing and certification program helps companies differentiate their products based on tested and validated environmental performance,” said Steve Wenc, president of UL Environment. “Companies like Lenovo that choose third-party certification to environmental standards are not only encouraging customer peace of mind, but they are raising the sustainability bar for their industry peers.”

As part of its Environmentally Conscious Products program, Lenovo built the laptop with the entire lifecycle in mind, starting with using low halogen and post-consumer recycled content (PCC). The company has used more than 9,500 metric tons of PCC since September 2005 to reduce use of raw materials. All ThinkPad laptops contain PCC with several upcoming ones containing more than 10 percent PCC. Additionally, ThinkCentre desktops and ThinkVision monitors incorporate more at roughly 65 percent on average.

To maximize energy efficiency during use, Think-branded products meet and exceed Energy Star 5.0 requirements. More than 50 Think-branded products, like the T420, are certified to meet other eco-labels including Nordic Swan and Electronics Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) Gold rating.