Surveillance 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
  • Lower power consumption means a reduction in heat emissions, which improves reliability in surveillance solutions.
  • Tarnish-resistant components help protect drive from environmental elements, increasing field reliability.
  • 1M hours MTBF represents an improved total cost of ownership (TCO) with reduced maintenance costs.

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
Average Operating Power (W) 5.5 1.38
Idle Average (W) 3.2 0.80
Standby/Sleep Mode, Typical (W) 0.25 0.06
Average Annual (kWh) 7.75 1.94

Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Life Stage

3% Bill of Materials
0.3% Distribution
0.2% End of Life
5% Manufacturing Energy
0.1% Packaging
92% Use Phase

kg CO2e/TB-yr

* Surveillance HDD: ST4000VX000 - 4000GB,64MB,SATA,3D/6H (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

23% Bill of Materials
0.0% Distribution
0.1% End of Life
3% Manufacturing Energy
0.0% Packaging
74% 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

54% Bill of Materials
0.0% Distribution
0.0% End of Life
2% Manufacturing Energy
0.1% Packaging
44% Use Phase

kg Fe-Eq/TB-yr


Water Depletion by Life Stage

3% Bill of Materials
0.0% Distribution
0.1% End of Life
4% Manufacturing Energy
0.1% Packaging
93% 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 490 123
Media 118 29
Electronics 12 3
Other parts 1 0
Packaging Cardboard and paper 43 11
Other materials 19 5
Total 684 171

Materials Circularity Indicator

Key Circularity Parameters Per Unit
Estimated Operating Life 5 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, 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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