ESG at Seagate

Seagate Circularity Program

We build our hard drives to last. Give yours a second life.

Sustainability Driven
Innovating for the good of our earth and its resources.
Circularity Driven
Enabling the sustainable datasphere through drive circularity.
Promoting the secure reuse of storage hardware.
Technology Driven
Investing in R&D of breakthrough, future-proof technologies.
ESG Awards

2023 Flash Memory Summit Best of Show

Seagate received the Most Innovative Sustainability Technology Award in the Data Center Storage Category at the 2023 Flash Memory Summit.
ESG Awards

IBC Social Impact Award Finalist

Media and Entertainment represents over a zettabyte, or 1,000 exabytes, of combined data—all which needs storing and archiving. It is crucial for industry players to rethink their data management infrastructure and take responsible measures towards a sustainable data economy. (Source: IDC 2022 Global StorageSphere Report.)

We're tackling rising data storage costs—sustainably.

In this episode of Tech Talks Daily, we address today's data challenges and how innovative strategies, such as storage-as-a-service, help predict and reduce escalating storage costs. Join us for valuable insights into elevating data management and Seagate's commitment to a circular economy through refurbishing and reusing storage devices.

Sustainability Driven

Today’s linear "take-make-waste" consumption model is unsustainable. In FY2022, we returned over one million hard drives and solid-state drives (SSD) back to service through repair, refurbishment, component extraction, and material recovery, helping to:

Reduce over 540 metric tons of e-waste
Transitioning to a circular drive economy prevents additional e-waste from entering landfills, contributing to a more sustainable IT ecosystem.
Save 275× more CO₂ emissions
Refurbishing and reusing hard drives cut 275 times more CO₂ emissions than recycling their components alone. (Source: Science Direct)
Generate up to $1.8T in economic benefits by 2030
Reducing drive production means less energy consumption, resource extraction, and greenhouse emissions. (Source: Ellen MacArthur Foundation)

291 zettabytes of data will be generated by 2027—all of which needs storing and archiving.

To meet skyrocketing demand, industry players must rethink their data management infrastructure and take responsible measures that support a sustainable data economy.

That's why we're scaling the Seagate Circularity Program to a global level. By engaging our entire ecosystem of technology stakeholders, we can elevate the industry’s overall sustainability commitment.

(Source: IDC, Worldwide Global DataSphere Forecast, 2023-2027: It's a Distributed, Diverse, and Dynamic (3D) DataSphere. IDC #US50554523. April 2023.)

ESG at Seagate

Our value of integrity compels us to take meaningful and measurable action on climate change.

Circularity Driven

We firmly believe in the positive impacts of a circular economy. By minimizing e-waste through our drive circularity program, we enable companies doing good in the world to do even better.

Enabling the secure reuse of storage hardware with self-encrypting drives and instant secure erase (ISE).
Extending product life through repair, refurbishment, parts extraction, and materials recovery.
Placing refurbished drives back into the market and reusing materials cuts e-waste and helps conserve finite resources.

Treasure, Not Trash

Extending the life of your hard drive helps extend the planet's life too.

In FY2022, Seagate helped found the Circular Drive Initiative (CDI)—a collaboration with global leaders in digital storage, sustainability, and blockchain which focuses on reducing e-waste by promoting and enabling the secure reuse of storage hardware.

It Pays to Be Sustainable

Sustainable companies invest now to save even more in the future. Discover the economic benefits of the Seagate Circularity Program.


Stop hard drive shredding. Shift to a mindset of sustainability. Despite modern state-of-the-art sanitization techniques, data security remains the biggest concern in adopting drive circularity. This leads to widespread hard drive shredding, with over 200 million devices disposed yearly. We're enabling the circular economy by providing a trusted and certified level of erasure.

Industry Gold Standard
Seagate uses industry gold standard secure erase (IEEE 2883), bringing a trusted, certified level of data sanitization.
Cryptographic Erase
Certified sanitization of encryption keys ensure that all drive data is completely removed—safely and efficiently.
Purge Data Sanitization
Purge uses logical or physical techniques to wipe all data on addressable and non-addressable storage.

It requires a change in mindset for us all.

Learn more about how we make the secure reuse of drives possible.

Technology Driven

Seagate makes significant investments in R&D of breakthrough technologies that extend our product's life cycles, provide better data durability and security, and help customers get the most value from their data.

Data Security and Sanitization
Seagate Secure with SED technology and Instant Secure Erase (ISE) ensure the secure redeployment of drives through self-encryption and cryptological erase.
Mozaic 3+
Mozaic 3+™ is a hard drive platform that incorporates Seagate’s unique implementation of HAMR to deliver mass-capacity storage at unprecedented areal densities of 3TB/disk and beyond.
Autonomous Drive Regeneration (ADR) and Advanced Distributed Autonomic Protection Technology (ADAPT) self-heals internal systems—minimizing e-waste, downtime, maintenance, and human intervention by renewing errant drives in situ.

Hard Drive Innovation

Our nanoscale technology harnesses heat, light, and bits to record more data than ever before.