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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
  • Product enclosure made from 100% post-consumer recycled aluminum
  • Plastics contain at least 30% post-consumer recycled content
  • Packaging is designed with ease-of-recycling in mind

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) 0.45 0.23
Operating(W) 1.8 0.9
Average Annual(kWh) 1.44 0.72

Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Life Stage

Use Phase - Conventional Energy

24.1% Bill of Materials
52.0% Manufacturing
0.4% Packaging
5.5% Distribution
15.4% Use Phase
2.7% End of Life

kg CO2e/TB-yr


Use Phase - Renewable Energy

28.3% Bill of Materials
61.0% Manufacturing
0.4% Packaging
6.4% Distribution
0.8% Use Phase
3.1% End of Life

kg CO2e/TB-yr

Ultra Touch*ST2000LM010,ULTRA TOUCH,2000GB,SATA

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

77.5% Bill of Materials
11.8% Manufacturing
0.1% Packaging
0.9% Distribution
8.8% Use Phase
0.8% End of Life

kg 1,4-DB Fe Eq/TB-yr


Use Phase - Renewable Energy

85.0% Bill of Materials
12.9% Manufacturing
0.2% Packaging
1.0% Distribution
0.0% Use Phase
0.9% 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

97.8% Bill of Materials
0.7% Manufacturing
0.1% Packaging
0.0% Distribution
1.4% Use Phase
0.1% End of Life

kg Fe eq/TB-yr


Use Phase - Renewable Energy

99.1% Bill of Materials
0.7% 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

56.1% Bill of Materials
38.0% Manufacturing
0.0% Packaging
0.0% Distribution
5.9% Use Phase
0.0% End of Life



Use Phase - Renewable Energy

42.3% Bill of Materials
28.7% Manufacturing
0.0% Packaging
0.0% Distribution
29.0% 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 196 98
Media 47 23
Electronics 14 7
Packaging Cardboard and paper 49 25
Other materials 21 11
Total 327 164

Key Circularity Parameters Per Unit
Estimated Operating Life 2 years
Recycled aluminum content 100% in base plate, world average for other parts
Recycled 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 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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