Upcoming Lenovo ThinkPad gets certification for being environmentally friendly

Lenovo becomes first computer company recognized by UL Environment Inc.

Apparently, just meeting the Energy Star standard isn’t enough for Lenovo. The Taiwanese-based company has announced that its upcoming ThinkPad T420 will be recognized by UL Environment, a company that specializes in validating the environmental sustainability of electronic products. Some of that validation includes evaluation of the product’s carbon footprint, the amount of hazardous and recyclable material, and the packaging practices of the company in question. Lenovo will be receiving the Sustainable Product Certification (SPC) from UL Environment, something Lenovo will undoubtedly boast in order to appeal to more environmentally conscious customers.

So how has Lenovo met the stringent standards? For one, the company has been very conscious on its materials usage to construct the laptops. This includes using low halogen but high post consumer recycled content (PCC), as reported by Business Wire. This allows for reduced requirements for raw materials during manufacturing. Secondly, the ThinkPad T420 will supposedly exceed the latest Energy Star requirements by around 10%, something that may hopefully translate to longer battery life. Thirdly, the company’s product packaging has been fully recyclable, thus reducing the amount of trash on landfills.

The ThinkPad T420 will be a 14-inch laptop with a 1600x900 screen resolution and a very probable Intel quad-core processor. Additional information on the specifications and pricing are not yet revealed, but suggests a release date of this month February for the ThinkPad T420.

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Allen Ngo, 2011-02-20 (Update: 2019-04-30)