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Environmental policy

Autodesk is committed to improving the environmental performance of its business operations.
Specifically, we will:

  • Meet or exceed all applicable environmental laws and regulations
  • Identify and measure the environmental impacts of our operations and products
  • Establish annual targets to reduce our environmental impact and strive for continuous improvement
  • Integrate environmental impact as a factor in business decisions
  • Educate employees to make more sustainable choices at work and at home
  • Encourage suppliers, vendors and business partners to be environmentally responsible
  • Communicate this policy and our environmental programs to employees and other stakeholders

Autodesk is committed to helping our customers improve the environmental performance of their products.
Specifically, we will:

  • Integrate the features of sustainable design into our software products
  • Educate customers and the general public about the important  role sustainable design can play in addressing global sustainability challenges


RoHS Directives

Restriction of use of certain Hazardous Substances (‘RoHS’)

Autodesk is committed to complying with all applicable substance legislation worldwide, including the European Union Restriction on the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment1. It is Autodesk's goal to be compliant with the EU RoHS Directive by the July 2006 implementation date concerning all electrical/electronic equipment (‘EEE’) products, which Autodesk supplies, and to incorporate these features into our global product lines.

Autodesk has established a process to ensure compliance which covers substance management by suppliers, surveys on parts and materials to verify whether they contain substances that impact the environment, an internal database, and other management components. We have introduced measures to audit our suppliers’ production processes and find alternatives to parts and materials which prove to be non-RoHS-compliant. In principle, it is Autodesk’s goal to ensure that all new commercialized products which are supplied by Autodesk from July 2006 will be RoHS-compliant. Autodesk is working with its supply chain to address compliance for all Autodesk EEE products with the RoHS directive.

Autodesk has already begun to phase in the supply of RoHS compliant products. In some instances, the RoHS compliant versions of products may be upgraded with improved functionality, while some older non-compliant products will be discontinued.

If you have any specific questions about the RoHS status for any product supplied by Autodesk and Autodesk's efforts with respect to achieving RoHS compliance, please communicate with your account executive.


WEEE Directives

Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment ("WEEE") Directive2 aims to reduce the waste arising from electrical and electronic equipment and to improve the environmental performance of all those involved in the life cycle of these products. The Directive is in the process of being implemented into the national laws of the 28 European Economic Area (“EEA”) States and applies to firms which manufacture, sell, distribute, recycle or treat Electrical and Electronic Equipment.

Autodesk Position on the WEEE Directive

Autodesk is committed to ensuring the requirements of the European Union’s WEEE Directive are met. This Directive requires producers of electrical and electronic equipment to finance the take-back for re-use or recycling, of their products placed on the EEA markets after 13 August 2005.

Products supplied by Autodesk that are within the scope of the Directive are labeled with a crossed-out "wheelie-bin" symbol as required by the Directive. This indicates that the product was supplied on or after 13 August 2005 and that end-users should separate the product from other waste at end-of-life.

As the WEEE Directive is being implemented in each of the 28 EEA countries through national legislation, there is considerable variation in the detailed requirements across those 28 EEA countries.

If you have any questions about Autodesk’s efforts to achieve WEEE compliance, please e-mail your question to

WEEE Product Take Back and Recycling

In cases where a final end-user purchased products directly from Autodesk, Autodesk will arrange for the recovery and recycling at no additional cost.

In such cases, once the WEEE is collected, Autodesk will work with our designated suppliers to ensure the latest available technologies and methods are used to safely and efficiently recycle the products, and that as much reusable materials are recovered as possible. Lastly, final waste will be disposed in the most environmentally friendly manner.

To request WEEE product pick-up, please contact us. Autodesk will respond via email with a request number and information regarding which carrier will contact you for product pick up details.

By requesting this collection of end of life product, the customer agrees to relinquish ownership or any legal/financial claim to the equipment. The transfer of ownership will take place at the point the goods are passed to Autodesk or an agent.

After a request has been received, the Autodesk appointed carrier responsible for collecting the equipment for recycling will contact the customer to coordinate the collection of the waste product.

In cases where a final end-user purchased products directly from a reseller, the end-user should contact their reseller to arrange for the recovery and recycling of the WEEE.


1 Directive 2002/95/EC of the European Parliament and of the council of 27 January 2003 on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. The directive governs the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment sold in the EU. The directive will restrict the use of the following six substances for products on the market from July 1, 2006: lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, PBB (polybrominated biphenyls), and PBDE (polybrominated diphenyl ethers).

2 Directive 2002/96/EC of the European Parliament and of the council of 27 January 2003 on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and Directive 2003/108/EC of the European Parliament and of the council of 8 December 2003.