Design for environment

Most of our environmental footprint occurs in our supply chain and when customers use our products and solutions. Product use impacts come mostly from energy consumption, associated water use, and paper manufacturing. This is where product design is the biggest contributor to improving our overall environmental performance, and it is a key focus for us.

Since 1992, we have focused on specific environmental impacts through our 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 consider environmental impact in the design of every product and solution, from the smallest ink cartridge to entire data centers. Over the past 20-plus years, this program has led to numerous innovations.

Our DfE program has three priorities:

1. Energy efficiency - reduce the energy needed to manufacture and use our products

2. Materials innovation - decrease the amount of materials used in our products, and use materials with lower environmental impact

3. Design for recyclability - design equipment that has more value at end-of-life and that is easier to upgrade and/or recycle

These priorities are achieved by:

  • Placing environmental stewards on every design team to identify design changes that may reduce environmental impact throughout the product’s life cycle.
  • Eliminating the use of polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame-retardants where applicable.
  • Reducing the number and types of materials used, and standardizing on the types of plastic resins used.
  • Using molded-in colors and finishes instead of paint, coatings or plating whenever possible.
  • Helping customers reduce energy consumption with HP’s printing, imaging and computing products.
  • Increasing the use of pre-and post-consumer recycled materials in product packaging.
  • Minimizing customer waste burdens by using fewer product or packaging materials overall.
  • Designing for disassembly and recyclability by implementing solutions such as the ISO 11469 plastics labeling standard, minimizing the number of fasteners and the number of tools necessary for disassembly.
Learn more about what HP has designed into each of our product families

Computing Solutions
Printing and Imaging Systems
Printing Supplies