Seagate plans to use only renewable energy to build its hard drives by 2030

Data storage company Seagate has pledged to power its entire global footprint with 100% renewable energy by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2040.

The hard drive and SSD maker announced its new environmental sustainability goals alongside the release of the company’s 16th annual Global Citizenship Report. Seagate is also building on its science-based goals by expanding its actions in support of the company’s commitment to a sustainable data sphere and environmental protection.

SVP of Sustainability and Business Transformation at Seagate, Joan Mostinger explained in a press release that the company’s environmental goals will also extend to its suppliers and even its customers, saying:

“Seagate’s integrity value compels us to take meaningful and measurable action against climate change. Today, we are publicly sharing our commitments, and we are well on our way to achieving these milestones both within our operations, with power sources, and with our suppliers and customers.

Save energy, recycle and treat hazardous waste

According to Seagate’s 2021 Global Citizenship Annual Report, the company saved approximately 23,000 MWh, or 14,000 tCO2e of electricity last year, through energy conservation and efficiency initiatives that exceeded its target of 10,000 MWh for the year.

On the recycling front, the storage giant continued its product circularity partnerships with Dell and Google in 2021. These partnerships have enabled Seagate to recycle components that use rare earth metals such as magnet assemblies to moving coil.

As HDDs and SSDs increase in capacity, the company reduced the intensity of hazardous waste generated per exabyte by 17% last year. This was primarily achieved through recycling and enabled Seagate to divert 84% of its waste from landfills. At the same time, water recycling increased by more than 9% year-on-year.

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As the number of online services consumers and businesses use every day continues to grow, so does the amount of data created, which means cloud storage, web hosting and other technology companies must use more HDDs and SSDs in their data centers. By committing to powering its global footprint solely with renewable energy by 2030, Seagate is helping to limit the environmental effects of this huge influx of data.

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