Our journey towards sustainability
We’re always looking at how we do more with less, in the right way. Making things work better. Whether in engineering, education, farming or good works.
Products and technology
Cyclones, not wasteful bags. High-speed air to dry hands instead of energy-hungry heaters. Invention requires leaps of faith and the desire to try new approaches. By continuously improving every aspect of our technologies, using resources more effectively, we're making increasingly efficient machines.
Standard brushed motors are heavy and clunky, consuming more electrical energy. So Dyson set out to engineer one that worked better. The result was the Dyson digital motor, which has allowed us to pioneer new technologies in multiple categories.
James Dyson first developed cyclone technology for the DC01 vacuum cleaner, reducing the need for wasteful bags. By separating dust from air using centrifugal forces, it didn't need the traditional bag that gets clogged with dust.
Dyson's software engineers improve the efficiency, intelligence and onboard performance of Dyson technology for a long-term approach. By looking forwards, Dyson software can help answer the problems others may ignore – pioneering efficient change.
Our latest software allows our vacuums to automatically adapt suction on different floor types, increasing power only when needed and reducing it when not.¹ This optimises the efficiency of our machines.
Single-use paper towels are wasteful. The Dyson Airblade 9kJ hand dryer produces up to 88% less CO₂ emissions than paper towels. And with 388mph sheets of air to dry rather than energy-hungry heating, it's low energy – using just 9.1 kilojoules of energy per dry.
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Buildings and manufacturing
We restore and improve historic buildings, while finding clever ways to generate our own energy to power them. Continuing to do more, with less.
Our sites use renewable energy
Ground source heat pumps that keep our IT server centre cool. Solar panels that can power our research and development building. Anaerobic digesters to power Dyson farms. By the end of 2022, 100% of Dyson-owned manufacturing, and 65% of the electricity consumed by Dyson spaces globally, was renewable or covered by renewable energy guarantee of origin certificates.
Education and medical
We empower the next generation of engineers to solve the problems of our age with education programmes and awards that encourage, recognise and reward.
The James Dyson Award
Challenging young engineers and scientists to solve some of the biggest problems facing the world today. From technology that improves accessibility, to technology that tackles environmental challenges. With an increasing amount of environmentally-focused projects submitted each year around the world, the competition now has a dedicated Sustainability Award.
The James Dyson Foundation
The James Dyson Foundation is Dyson's engineering education charity that helps promote change to young inventors, by introducing them to the exciting world of problem solving.
Re-defining air sensing technology
Dyson engineers created portable air monitoring technology to study air pollution around the world. From school children in London and Africa to athletes in Adelaide and Tokyo, the backpacks monitored exposure to pollen, dust, VOCs, nitrogen dioxide and other gases – along with the potential impact on wellbeing.
A new perspective to Alzheimer’s research
The James Dyson Foundation funds a £1.5m dementia research Fellowship, in partnership with Race Against Dementia. Dr Claire Durrant is supported by Dyson engineers, who help analyse brain samples on a microscopic level. Using in-house equipment and expertise at Dyson’s labs in Malmesbury.
Our engineers work closely with Dyson Farming. Using new technologies and ingenuity to grow produce responsibly and at scale, while also nurturing the natural environment and biodiversity.
Our circular farming system
We feed crops into our anaerobic digesters, which generate renewable energy. Heat and CO₂ from the process is piped into our glasshouse to encourage fruit growth. In the future, the biogas will be captured to convert into biofuel for vehicles.
Using technology to improve harvests
If the UK lived solely off its own produce, it would run out of food by August each year. We use harvested rainwater and excess heat from our anaerobic digesters in our 15-acre greenhouse, to grow strawberries out of season. And help reduce the food miles associated with imports.
Doing more with less
The less raw material we use, the less energy-intensive processing is required. As we develop our technology further, and people increasingly use renewable energy, the impact will reduce further still.
Renovating old into new
The places in which we work have always been important to Dyson. Just as our machines are built to be durable and sustainable, we take the same approach with our physical properties too, helping to restore landmark buildings to their former glory.