Surface Book

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Surface Book
Carbon Footprint
GHG Emissions Facts
Per one laptop
Total:225 kg CO₂e
225,000 gCO₂e
 Production:151 kg CO₂e
151,000 gCO₂e
 Distribution:20 kg CO₂e
20,000 gCO₂e
 Usage:52 kg CO₂e
52,000 gCO₂e
 End of Life:2 kg CO₂e
2,000 gCO₂e
Carbon Budget
Per person annual emissions
Energy Use
Per one laptop
Total:886 kWh
 • Production:523 kWh
 • Distribution:71 kWh
 • Usage:284 kWh
 • End of Life:9 kWh
Material Use
magnesiumstainless steel
aluminumprecious metals
ABS/PC plasticPET plastic
PA plasticepoxy
lithium cobalt compoundsilicon
Source: Microsoft Corporation[1]
Advertising disclosure

The Surface Book is a laptop computer from the Microsoft Corporation. This article is an overview of the environmental impacts of the laptop throughout its life cycle. Unless stated otherwise, the data on this page refers to one laptop used for 3 years. It has total life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 225 kg carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). The developer estimates a service life of 3 years, which gives the laptop an estimated yearly carbon footprint of about 75 kg CO2e.[1]

The principal source of information for this article is a report published by the Microsoft Corporation. This report is based on a life cycle assessment that has been externally audited.[1]


Materials used to make the Surface Book include magnesium, stainless steel, copper, zinc, aluminum, precious metals, glass, ceramics, ABS/PC plastic, PET plastic, PA plastic, epoxy, lithium cobalt compound, silicon, glue and other. The manufacturer states that the laptop complies with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS). This directive limits the amount of lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, and brominated flame retardants PBB and PBDE that can be present in the product. Additionally, the manufacturer reports that the laptop does not contain chemicals that would trigger notification under California, USA Proposition 65. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is only present in the power adapter cable. GHG emission information specific to materials was not available.[1]


Laptop production is responsible for 151 kg CO2e of GHG emissions and requires 523 kWh of energy use.[1]


The laptop is packaged in a folding carton and corrugated cardboard. It is recyclable and may contain up to 77% recycled fiber. The packaging does not include PVC. GHG emission information specific to packaging was not available.[1]


Distribution is responsible for 20 kg CO2e of GHG emissions and 71 kWh of energy use.[1]


The company estimates that the laptops will be used for 3 years. Usage is responsible for 52 kg CO2e of GHG emissions and 284 kWh of energy use.[1]

End of Life

Disposal of the laptop is responsible for 2 kg CO2e of GHG emissions and 9 kWh of energy use.[1]

See also[edit]

  • Laptop computers - comparison of the environmental impacts of laptop computers
  • Microsoft - comparison of the environmental impact of Microsoft products.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Surface Book Eco profile. Microsoft Corporation, 5 Jan. 2016 Web. 29 Jan. 2017.