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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
  • Designed to meet Energy Star and other strict consumer power consumption standards.
  • Low power and fine-tuned for consistent, dependable delivery of multiple high definition video streams.
  • Compliant with RoHS requirements in China and Europe.

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
Operating, Average (W) 3.5 1.8
Idle, Average (W) 2.5 1.3
Standby/Sleep, Average (W) 0.25 0.1
Average Annual (kWh) 5.6 2.8

Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Life Stage

30% Bill of Materials
3.1% Distribution
1.8% End of Life
22.9% Manufacturing Energy
0.5% Packaging
41.7% Use Phase

kg CO2e/TB-yr

* ST2000VM005; V11,2000GB,256MB,SATA,1D/2H,STD OEM

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

76.9% Bill of Materials
0.2% Distribution
0.4% End of Life
6.4% Manufacturing Energy
0.12% Packaging
16% 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

95% Bill of Materials
0.07% Distribution
0.06% End of Life
1.4% Manufacturing Energy
0.07% Packaging
3.4% Use Phase

kg Fe-Eq/TB-yr


Water Depletion by Life Stage

40.6% Bill of Materials
0.4% Distribution
0.9% End of Life
17.4% Manufacturing Energy
0.8% Packaging
40% 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 382 191
Media 37.7 19
Electronics 11.4 6
Other parts 0 0
Packaging Cardboard and paper 43.7 22
Other materials 19 10
Total 494 247

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, and the World Resources Institute and World Business Council for Sustainable Development's GHG Protocol Product Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard.

© 2017 Seagate Technology LLC. All rights reserved. Printed in USA. Seagate, Seagate Technology and the Wave logo are registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC in the United States and/or other countries. Seagate reserves the right to change, without notice, product offerings or specifications. DS1663.4-0911US, March 2016

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