Surface Pro 4

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Surface Pro 4
Carbon Footprint
GHG Emissions Facts
Per one device
Total:149 kg CO₂e
149,000 gCO₂e
 Production:98 kg CO₂e
98,000 gCO₂e
 Distribution:9 kg CO₂e
9,000 gCO₂e
 Usage:40 kg CO₂e
40,000 gCO₂e
 End of Life:1 kg CO₂e
1,000 gCO₂e
Carbon Budget
Per person annual emissions
Energy Use
Per one device
Total:607 kWh
 • Production:346 kWh
 • Distribution:36 kWh
 • Usage:219 kWh
 • End of Life:6 kWh
Material Use
magnesiumstainless steel
aluminumprecious metals
ABS/PC plasticPET plastic
PA plasticepoxy
lithium cobalt compoundsilicon
Source: Microsoft Corporation[1]
Advertising disclosure

The Surface Pro 4 is a 2-in-1 detachable portable computer, with characteristics of a tablet and laptop, from the Microsoft Corporation. This article is an overview of the environmental impact of the device throughout its life cycle. Unless otherwise stated, the data on this page refers to one device used for 3 years. It has total life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 149 kg carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). The developer estimates a service life of 3 years, which gives the device an estimated yearly carbon footprint of about 49 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 Pro 4 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 materials. The manufacturer states that the device demonstrates compliance 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 device does not contain chemicals that would trigger notification under California, USA Proposition 65. GHG emission information specific to materials was not available. The Surface Pro 4 is free of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), except for the power adapter cable.[1]


Device production is responsible for 98 kg CO2e of GHG emissions. Producing the device requires 346 kWh of energy.[1]


GHG emission information specific to packaging was not available. The packaging is recyclable and made of a folding carton and corrugated cardboard. It contains less than 4% plastic and may include up to 55% recycled fiber materials. Hazardous or restricted substances, such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC), are not present in the packaging.[1]


Distribution is responsible for 9 kg CO2e of GHG emissions requires 36 kWh of energy use.[1]


The company estimates that the devices will be used for 3 years. Usage is responsible for 40 kg CO2e of GHG emissions and 219 kWh of energy use.[1]

End of Life

Disposal of the devices is responsible for 1 kg CO2e of GHG emissions and 6 kWh of energy use.[1]

See also[edit]

  • 2-in-1 PCs - comparison of the environmental impacts of 2-in-1 PCs
  • 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 Pro 4 Eco profile. Microsoft Corporation, 3 Jul. 2016 Web. 24 Jan. 2017.