Design for environment

Most of our environmental footprint occurs in our supply chain and when customers use our products and solutions. Together, these phases account for 95% of HP’s carbon footprint and 93% of our water footprint. Product use impacts come mostly from energy consumption, associated water use, and paper manufacturing. Reducing these impacts through how we design our products is the single greatest lever we can use to improve our overall environmental performance.

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. Through this program, we consider environmental impact in the design of every HP product and solution. This program has led to numerous innovations.

Our DfE program focuses on:

  • Energy efficiency. Reduce the energy required to manufacture and use our products
  • Materials innovation. Use less material, increase recycled and recyclable content, and use materials with lower environmental impact
  • Services. Design service models to reduce environmental impacts and increase product longevity through support (for example, care packs and upgrades) and new business models
  • End-of-life options. Make responsible return and recycling easier

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
  • Continuing to eliminate the use of polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame-retardants where technically feasible
  • Expanding our focus to restrict not only substances of concern used in products but also those used in manufacturing
  • Using the GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals to identify alternatives with lower impact to human health and the environment. In 2014, HP became the first electronics company to have staff certified through the GreenScreen Practitioners program
  • Recycling materials into new products introducing new closed loop processes. Our leadership with closed loop plastics recycling began in 2005 with the recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) program in ink cartridges. During 2014, we implemented two new closed loop processes for polypropylene in ink cartridges
  • Collaborating with industry groups and NGOs to harmonize assessment practices, and promoting progressive legislation and reporting requirements related to materials use
  • Setting goals, including to reduce the GHG emissions intensity of our product portfolio1 by 40% by 2020 compared to 2010 levels.2
  • Helping customers reduce energy consumption with our 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
  • Conducting regular audits of product design and compliance activities, as well as benchmarking against best practices from outside HP and seeking external certification where appropriate

1 Emissions intensity of the HP product portfolio refers to tonnes CO2e/net revenue arising from use of high-volume product lines, including notebooks, tablets, desktops, mobile computing devices and workstations; inkjet and LaserJet printers; and HP servers, including industry-standard servers, as well as HP Moonshot and HP Apollo.

2Expressed as emissions generated per unit of output. For printers and personal systems, each product constitutes a unit of output. For servers, each unit of output equals a task performed by the system, as defined by industry standards.