Desktop HDD


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
  • Perpendicular recording technology provides the drives with increased areal density.
  • Compliant with RoHS requirements in China and Europe.
  • SeaTools diagnostic software performs a drive self-test that eliminates unnecessary drive returns.

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.


Power Consumption Per Unit Per TB
Idle A (W) Average 4.21 8.42
Operating (W) 5.57 11.14
Standby and Sleep (W) 0.66 1.32
Average Annual (kWh) 1.34 2.68

Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Life Stage

44% Bill of Materials
4% Distribution
2% End of Life
35% Manufacturing Energy
0.4% Packaging
15% Use Phase

kg CO2e/TB-yr

* Desktop HDD: ST500DM002 - 500GB,16MB,SATA,1D/1H (2016)

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

89% Bill of Materials
0.2% Distribution
0.3% End of Life
7% Manufacturing Energy
0.1% Packaging
4% Use Phase

kg 1,4-DCB-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

98% Bill of Materials
0.05% Distribution
0.04% End of Life
1.1% Manufacturing Energy
0.04% Packaging
0.6% Use Phase

kg Fe-Eq/TB-yr


Water Depletion by Life Stage

60% Bill of Materials
0.5% Distribution
1.1% End of Life
24% Manufacturing Energy
0.7% Packaging
13% Use Phase


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 303 606
Media 62 124
Electronics 14 27
Other parts 6 13
Packaging Cardboard and paper 29 57
Other materials 13 26
Total 427 853

Materials Circularity Indicator

Key Circularity Parameters Per Unit
Estimated Operating Life 3 years
Recycled aluminum and steel content world average
Recycled cardboard 100%
Reused content zero
Recycling rate 25%
Residual disposal 50% incineration/50% 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’s sustainability assessment tools used to generate the product sustainability analysis have been verified by UL in accordance with ISO 14040, ISO 14044, the World Resources Institute (WRI), World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), and GHG Protocol Product Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard.

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