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
  • Advanced power modes help save energy without sacrificing performance

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) 4.5 2.3
Operating (W) 6.7 3.4
Average Annual (kWh) 46.0 23.0
Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Life Cycle Stage

Use Phase - Conventional Energy

8.2% Bill of Materials
5.6% Manufacturing
0.1% Packaging
1.4% Distribution
84.6% Use Phase
0.1% End of Life

kg CO2e/TB-yr


Use Phase - Renewable Energy

43.9% Bill of Materials
30.0% Manufacturing
0.4% Packaging
7.6% Distribution
17.4% Use Phase
0.7% 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 Cycle Stage

Use Phase - Conventional Energy

39.3% Bill of Materials
2.5% Manufacturing Energy
0.1% Packaging
0.2% Distribution
57.7% Use Phase
0.2% End of Life


93.0% Bill of Materials
6.0% Manufacturing Energy
0.1% Packaging
0.4% Distribution
0.0% Use Phase
0.5% End of Life


Scarce Resources

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

Mineral Resource Scarcity by Life Cycle Stage

Use Phase - Conventional Energy

95.2% Bill of Materials
0.1% Manufacturing Energy
0.1% Packaging
0.0% Distribution
4.6% Use Phase
0.0% End of Life

kg Cu eq/TB-yr


Use Phase - Renewable Energy

99.8% Bill of Materials
0.1% Manufacturing
0.1% Packaging
0.0% Distribution
0.0% Use Phase
0.0% End of Life

kg Cu eq/TB-yr

Water Consumption by Life Cycle Stage

Use Phase - Conventional Energy

32.7% Bill of Materials
2.2% Manufacturing Energy
0.1% Packaging
0.0% Distribution
65.0% Use Phase
0.0% End of Life



Use Phase - Renewable Energy

13.3% Bill of Materials
0.9% Manufacturing Energy
0.0% Packaging
0.0% Distribution
85.7% Use Phase
0.0% 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 425 213
Media 113 57
Electronics 13 7
Packaging Cardboard and paper 55 28
Other materials 19 10
Total 625 313

Key Circularity Parameters Per Unit
Estimated Operating Life 5 years
Recycled aluminum in base plate World average
Recycled aluminum in other parts world average
Recycled steel content World average
Recycled cardboard 100%
Reused content zero
Recycling rate 25%
Residual disposal 100% landfill
Reuse rate zero
Recycling efficiency 95%
Recycling collections efficiency 90%


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 life cycle assessment results 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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