Living Progress Programs

HP Planet Partners Program

The HP Planet Partners Return & Recycling Program is available in 73 countries and territories globally. To date, HP customers worldwide have recycled more than half a billion HP ink and LaserJet toner cartridges with HP Planet Partners and HP has recycled over 2.8 billion lbs of hardware and supplies. Through this and other efforts, HP aims to recycle 3.5 billion pounds of electronic products and supplies by the end of 2015.1

Learn more about the HP Planet Partners Return and Recycling program.

WWF Living Planet @ Work Championed by HP

Since 2011, HP has been expanding engagement beyond their customers to focus on sharing their expertise in this area with other businesses. HP Canada is championing WWF’s Living Planet @ Work program to offer free guidance to hundreds of businesses on how to drive employee engagement on environmental sustainability. This program is award-winning, web-based and freely-available.

As of 2014, over 900 champions have signed up to the program, and HP is exploring potential opportunities to expand program delivery to other regions. As part of Living Planet @ Work, HP runs the Change the Equation competition in Canada which supports and celebrates the efforts of companies to produce their first sustainability reports.

Learn more about HP’s partnership with WWF.

Smart Commute Carpool Program

HP Canada has been partnering with Smart Commute Mississauga for four years to provide Mississauga-based employees with alternative commuting choices, encouraging employees to walk, cycle, take transit, or carpool to the office. Their goal is to have a positive impact on the environment by reducing vehicle travel, air pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions. This program includes Emergency Ride Home, Carpool Zone rideshare software, promotional and competition programs, and reserved preferred parking spaces for members of the Carpool Program.

Through our work to promote this program to employees HP Canada has been designated as a Smart Commute Gold Workplace.

Carbon Footprint Calculator

The free online HP Carbon Footprint Calculator helps you understand and identify steps to reduce the environmental impact and cost of your computing and printing. The data is based on energy assessments specific to your country or even province—and includes information for 146 countries.

The calculator allows users to either review individual products or compare one product against another to understand potential energy, paper and GHG savings. For printers, it is possible to evaluate a whole fleet.

HP Earth Insights – Conservation International

The destruction of tropical forests through manmade actions and natural disasters causes long-term and often irreparable damage to local ecosystems; directly impacts climate change; and threatens the well-being of animals, plants, and humans around the world. Through the HP Earth Insights initiative, HP worked with Conservation International (CI) to develop scalable technology solutions that vastly improve the speed and accuracy of data collection, analysis, and sharing related to vegetation, species, carbon stocks, and climate in 16 tropical forests across 14 countries. This unique partnership demonstrates the power of IT to address one of the world’s most complex and pressing issues- tropical rainforest conservation: in near real time.

HP Earth Insights – Conservation International
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WWF Canada Case Study

A WWF Case Study (PDF, 949Kb) was written to illustrate how HP’s products and solutions can help companies and organizations reduce their carbon footprint and their costs simultaneously.

“HP technology and expertise helps us to drive waste out of our internal operations and enables us to provide tools and resources for other companies to do so as well.”

Scott Liffen, Director, IT, WWF Canada

Design for environment (DfE)

HP's greatest environmental impact (60% of our full carbon footprint) is through customer use of our products and services. Our goal is to improve customers' lives and work by providing simple, valuable and trusted experiences with technology. HP integrates environmental considerations into their business strategy because this results in better products.

Since 1992, HP has focused on specific environmental issues through our formal Design for Environment (DfE) program. DfE is an engineering perspective in which the environmentally related characteristics of a product, process or facility are optimized. Together, HP's product stewards and product designers identify, prioritize and recommend environmental improvements through a company-wide DfE program.

The DfE program has three priorities:

  • Energy efficiency - reduce the energy needed to manufacture and use our products.
  • Materials innovation - reduce the amount of materials used in our products and develop materials that have less environmental impact and more value at end-of-life.
  • Design for recyclability - design equipment that is easier to upgrade and/or recycle.

A local innovation: HP's "Closed-loop" Recycling Process was pioneered with a Canadian company. This process was listed as a Top 15 Project by Delta Management Group in 2013. Learn more about the "Closed Loop" ink cartridge recycle program.

Data Centre Efficiency

HP operates 78 client-serving (or "trade") data centers worldwide, in addition to our six internal data centers located in the United States. Growing customer demand for the services of our trade data centers makes consolidating, building, retrofitting, and operating highly energy-efficient data centers all the more important. A typical data center consumes 20 to 40 times more energy per square meter than an office.

HP has constructed a new trade data center in Mississauga, Ontario, utilizing an ultra-low-energy cooling system called a Kyoto Wheel. This uses no cooling water and uses power more effectively.

Conflict Minerals

For more than a decade, the mining of minerals used to produce tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold (3TG) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been linked to the funding of armed groups waging a civil war in the country.

These metals are widely used in the components and assembly processes of electrical and electronic products and in many other industries. The possibility that HP products contain metals that fund armed conflict in the DRC is unacceptable, and HP is taking a leading role to establish conflict-free sources in the DRC.

HP’s campaign to eliminate conflict minerals while supporting the DRC has five dimensions:

  1. Conducting due diligence on HP’s supply chain
  2. Supporting the development of an industry approach to due diligence
  3. Advancing the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) Conflict-Free Smelter (CFS) program
  4. Supporting in-region mineral certification
  5. Advocating policy supporting conflict-free mineral sources from the DRC

This work has earned HP recognition by two NGOs active in the DRC and the conflict minerals sphere. In its report “Taking Conflict Out of Consumer Gadgets: Company Rankings on Conflict Minerals 2012,” the Enough Project named HP as one of four companies that have been “pioneers of progress.” HP also ranked second out of 24 consumer electronics companies assessed by the organization. In addition, HP received a letter from Free the Slaves, an NGO dedicated to ending all modern forms of slavery, recognizing their work engaging the U.S. State Department to help resolve issues in the DRC.

HP Supply Chain Responsibility (SCR) Program Summary

HP's leadership and commitment to extreme transparency has resulted in key partnerships with leading NGOs (e.g. World Wildlife Fund), bringing a depth of relationships, trust and results that separate us from many of our competitors.

Learn more about HP Supply Chain Responsibility (SCR) (PDF, 117Kb)

Using SmartWay in the supply chain

In North America, HP uses only SmartWay-approved transportation providers (designated by the U.S. EPA). SmartWay trucks consume about 18% less fuel than conventional Class 8 freight trucks5.

Managed Print Services

HP Managed Print Services (MPS) enables organizations to reduce energy use and paper waste, and to cut costs related to printing.

With MPS, HP helps businesses assess their requirements, design an imaging and printing infrastructure tailored to their specific needs, and then acquire, install, and manage the necessary equipment. MPS is a comprehensive, scalable suite of services that includes imaging and printing devices, software, supplies, support, professional services, and solutions—with flexible procurement, transition, and management options to help companies meet their business and environmental goals.

In addition, MPS can help businesses achieve more efficient workflows and increase recycling of used print supplies and old hardware. Pre- and post-analysis of select HP MPS customers' imaging and printing operations reveals energy savings of up to 80%, and reductions in paper waste in the millions of pages.

For example, the Walt Disney Company worked with HP to develop its Document Output Management Program using HP MPS. Disney reduced the number of printing devices by 59%. As a result, Disney reported that its energy consumption for printing dropped by 18% and avoided an estimated 185 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions over 3 years. To learn more, read the Disney case study.

Here are some other energy and cost reduction success studies using HP Managed Print Services.

  • 3M optimized its worldwide printing structure and saved more than $3M.
  • Viacom slashed energy use for printing by 62.5%.
  • Swiss Post reduced 17,000 printers to 6,000 and from 140 models to just six.
  • Merck takes its successful solution worldwide to create a prescription for the future with print efficiency and environmental stewardship.

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