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Sustainability Report*

Sustainability @ Seagate
Seagate is committed to sustainable storage. Our engineering focus is on increasing storage capacity and utilization, while controlling the quantity and types of materials we use and improving energy efficiency and recyclability.

Sustainable Design Features
  • Highly reliable performance with enhanced caching, making it the logical choice for cloud data center and massive scale-out data center applications
  • PowerBalance™ feature optimizes Watts/TB
  • Maximize total cost of ownership savings through lower power and weight with helium sealed-drive design

Energy and Greenhouse Gases
Manufacturing and using our products requires energy and produces Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. We assess life cycle energy and GHG impacts and work towards improving energy and GHG efficiency and reducing ownership costs with each new generation of our products. Since 2022, our manufacturing facilities have operated using 100% renewable energy.


Power Consumption Per Unit Per TB
Average Idle Power (W) 5.3 0.3
Operating (W) 9.4 0.5
Average Annual (kWh) 55.8 3.1

Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Life Stage

Use Phase - Conventional Energy

3.1% Bill of Materials
3.3% Manufacturing
0.1% Packaging
0.7% Distribution
92.5% Use Phase
0.4% End of Life

kg CO2e/TB-yr


Use Phase - Renewable Energy

27.0% Bill of Materials
28.8% Manufacturing
0.5% Packaging
6.4% Distribution
34.2% Use Phase
3.1% End of Life

kg CO2e/TB-yr


Safer Materials

As a leading supplier to major original equipment manufacturers, Seagate helps to establish standards for direct materials – components that make up our products -- to meet customers’ strictest specifications. We are meticulous about cataloging restricted substances; currently we list more than 2,000.


Human Toxicity by Life Stage

Use Phase - Conventional Energy

10.0% Bill of Materials
1.2% Manufacturing
0.0% Packaging
0.2% Distribution
88.3% Use Phase
0.2% End of Life

kg CO2e/TB-yr


Use Phase - Renewable Energy

85.8% Bill of Materials
10.5% Manufacturing
0.3% Packaging
1.7% Distribution
0.0% Use Phase
1.6% End of Life

kg 1,4-DB eq/TB-yr

Scarce Resources

We aim to reduce our use of scarce resources during the life cycle of our products. We assess the water and metal depletion impacts of our products in order to minimize dependence on key natural resources and reduce manufacturing and product ownership costs.


Metal Depletion by Life Stage

Use Phase - Conventional Energy

56.2% Bill of Materials
0.2% Manufacturing
0.1% Packaging
0.0% Distribution
43.5% Use Phase
0.1% End of Life

kg Fe eq/TB-yr


Use Phase - Renewable Energy

99.4% Bill of Materials
0.4% Manufacturing
0.1% Packaging
0.0% Distribution
0.0% Use Phase
0.1% End of Life

kg Fe-Eq/TB-yr


Water Depletion by Life Stage

Use Phase - Conventional Energy

33.5% Bill of Materials
11.5% Manufacturing
0.1% Packaging
0.1% Distribution
54.8% Use Phase
0.1% End of Life



Use Phase - Renewable Energy

8.3% Bill of Materials
2.8% Manufacturing
0.0% Packaging
0.0% Distribution
88.8% Use Phase
0.00% End of Life


Materials Efficiency and Circularity

Seagate recognizes the traditional “take, make, dispose” linear approach to business is unsustainable. We measure our progress towards a circular economy with a variety of indicators including material used per TB of storage, use of recycled content, reuse rates, and recycling type and efficiency.

Device Weight - Shipped (g) Per Unit Per TB
Drive Enclosure 519 29
Media 138 8
Electronics 16 1
Packaging Cardboard and paper 55 3
Other materials 19 1
Total 747 41

Key Circularity Parameters Per Unit
Estimated Operating Life 5 years

Recycled aluminum content

100% in base plate, world average for other parts

Recycled steel content

world average

Recycled cardboard


Reused content


Recycling rate


Residual disposal

50% incineration/50% landfill

Reuse rate


Recycling efficiency


Recycling collections efficiency



Seagate measures and reports its product sustainability performance on a TB-year basis. Seagate's drives come in different storage sizes and have different estimated useful lives. When referring to drive capacity, one terabyte, or TB, equals one trillion bytes. The TB-year measure combines these factors so that sustainability performance data is comparable across products and that annual impacts are directly reported. Seagate uses the Ecoinvent 3.8 Life Cycle Inventory database.

Seagate’s sustainability assessment tools used to generate the product sustainability analysis have been verified by UL in accordance with ISO 14040, ISO 14044, and the World Resources Institute and World Business Council for Sustainable Development's GHG Protocol Product Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard.


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