Our footprint1

Supply Chain

Greenhouse gas emissions in our supply chain result mainly from the raw materials used in, and manufacture of, our products.


Greenhouse gas emissions from our operations result mainly from the energy used by our facilities around the world.

Products and solutions

More than half of our total carbon footprint comes from the energy our products and solutions consume after sale, while used by customers.

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Materials extraction through manufacturing

18,500,000tonnes CO2e

Emissions associated with all levels of our supply chain from materials extraction through the manufacture of HP products.

In addition to our work with suppliers, HP’s Design for the Environment program considers environmental impact in the design of every product and solution, from the smallest print cartridge to entire data centers.

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Capital goods

500,000 tonnes CO2e

Emissions associated with capital goods, from raw materials extraction through manufacturing and building construction.

HP practices sustainable building design to decrease these impacts. In 2013, we obtained LEED® sustainable building standard certification for three sites, including our sales office in Gurgaon, India.

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Upstream energy production

300,000 tonnes CO2e

Upstream emissions of purchased energy, from raw material extraction up to the point of combustion, as well as transportation and distribution losses in the grid.

In 2013, we increased installed capacity for self-generated renewable energy by 17.7% over 2012 levels.

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2,000,000 tonnes CO2e

Emissions from upstream and downstream product transportation and distribution, including retail and storage.

To reduce impacts, we work to maximize the efficiency of our supply chain network, shift to less energy-intensive modes of transport, and influence our logistics service providers.

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1,682,800 tonnes CO2e

Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions associated with energy consumption, perfluorocarbons (PFCs), and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in facilities under HP’s operational control.

In 2013, we decreased these emissions by 11.6% from our 2010 baseline.

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Transportation fleet

112,200 tonnes CO2e

Emissions associated with HP-owned or leased vehicles.

In 2013, we began tracking the emissions of our European auto fleet against the European Union’s 2015 target of 130 g CO2 per km travelled for all new cars.

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Commercial air travel

260,000 tonnes CO2e

Emissions associated with employee business travel by commercial aircraft.

We promote digital communications such as video-conferencing as an alternative to travel when feasible, and encourage less carbon-intensive forms of travel when possible.

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Employee commuting

900,000 tonnes CO2e

Emissions from employee transportation between their homes and their worksites (in vehicles not owned by HP) and teleworking.

We promote programs in some locations such as ride-sharing, bike storage, and free shuttles from local public transportation to help employees reduce commuting emissions. In 2013, we launched guidelines for HP sites on how to further encourage the use of electric vehicles for commuting.

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Product use

37,800,000 tonnes CO2e

Emissions associated with energy consumption of HP products across each of our major business groups, as well as the impact of paper and print cartridges.

We work to design increasingly efficient products and solutions that help customers reduce the environmental impact of their operations and personal lives.

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Product end of life

De minimis5

Emissions associated with the disposal and treatment of sold products.

HP’s product return and recycling programs, which recovered 134,500 tonnes of hardware and supplies in 2013, reduce and potentially make this impact net positive. For example, through our “closed loop” recycling process, Original HP ink and LaserJet toner cartridges are reduced to raw materials that can then be used (along with recycled plastic from bottles) to make new cartridges, as well as other metal and plastic products.

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Building leased to others

De minimis5

Emissions associated with the operation of assets leased to other entities.


De minimis5

Emissions associated with corporate investments in business intelligence solutions, HP Labs, software and certain business incubation projects.

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Direct consumption

24,599,000 cubic meters

Water consumed by our suppliers in their operations.

HP started reporting on water withdrawal by our first-tier production suppliers in 2012 (for the year 2011).6 We encourage suppliers to track and share their water impact and work with suppliers to improve the accuracy of their water data reporting.

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Indirect consumption

64,343,000 cubic meters

Water consumption associated with the generation of electricity used by suppliers.

HP collaborates with several partners to promote energy efficiency among its suppliers through the HP Energy Efficiency Program (EEP). Since 2010, we’ve helped supplier sites in China and Southeast Asia save 66 million kWh of electricity.

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Direct consumption

8,493,000 cubic meters

Water consumed in our own operations, primarily for uses such as sinks, toilets, and irrigation as well as manufacturing support activities.

We have implemented water conservation projects in support of our 2015 goal to reduce freshwater use at water-stressed sites by 3% from 2011 levels. We met this goal two years early and finished 2013 with an 8.8% reduction compared to 2011. In 2013, we reduced total water consumed in HP operations by 10.0%, compared with 2012.

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Indirect consumption

17,991,000 cubic meters

Consumption associated with the generation of electricity used in our own operations.

Improving energy efficiency in HP’s operations is the most effective way to reduce the company’s indirect water consumption from operations. In 2013, our operations consumed 4.5% less electricity than in our baseline year 2010.

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Indirect consumption – electricity for product use

280,846,000 cubic meters

Consumption associated with the generation of electricity used by HP products.

Between 2005 and 2010, we reduced product energy consumption by 50%5, and we continue to advance energy efficiency across our product portfolio.

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Indirect consumption – paper use

108,378,000 cubic meters

Consumption associated with the manufacturing of paper used by our customers with our products.

We encourage customers to use responsibly sourced and certified paper, to use it efficiently—such as through duplex printing—and to recycle after use. Our goal is for 50% of HP-branded paper worldwide by tonnage to be FSC®-certified and/or contain at least 30% postconsumer content by the end of 2015. We are on track to meet this goal.

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Our suppliers affect our water footprint primarily through their use of electricity. We encourage suppliers to use and discharge water responsibly, and provide tools that improve water management practices.

While our operations are not water intensive, water availability is a growing concern. We are committed to using less water, especially at operations in water-stressed regions.

Customers using our products account for most of our water footprint. This water is indirectly consumed through using electricity to power our devices and through paper manufacture.

View complete data and goals

We are taking a leadership role in global efforts to apply the power of information technology to the challenges posed by climate change and water scarcity. Our response is based on understanding environmental impacts across our value chain. In 2013, we were the first IT company to publish our carbon footprint. Building on our commitment to transparency, in 2014 we published our complete water footprint.

This data revealed that customer use of our products accounts for the majority of our carbon emissions (approximately 61%) and water use (77%). It also highlighted a close relationship between our use of energy and water.

Based on these findings, we are prioritizing making more energy efficient products and helping customers improve paper use as the most effective ways to reduce our overall footprint.

Shrinking our carbon footprint

In 2013, our carbon footprint1 equaled 62,055,000 tonnes CO2e, a reduction of 16% compared with 2012 and 21% less than in 2011. We now have three years of data, from 2011-2013. We use this information to make decisions and set goals on energy and GHG reduction activities.

We are reducing carbon impacts in every aspect of our business, by:

Transparency leadership

We are open about our carbon footprint efforts and challenges. Our climate change policy (PDF 156KB), updated in 2013, clearly outlines how we prioritize investments to reduce GHG emissions, leading with energy efficiency.

Our commitment to transparency is reflected in our 2013 carbon disclosure score of 99/100, awarded by CDP, the global environmental disclosure system. We were also named a top 12 company in the CDP Global 500 Climate Change Report 2013 (PDF 1.48 MB).

Shrinking our water footprint

We published the water footprint of our entire value chain for the first time in 2014. The results will be an important catalyst as we investigate ways to continue improving the efficiency of our products, supply chain, and operations.

Our footprint study revealed that:

  • Electricity consumption makes up 72% of our total water use, of which 56% of the overall total is consumed when customers use our products
  • Manufacturing paper used by customers in our products makes up 21% of our total water use
  • Electricity used by our suppliers accounts for 13% of our total water use

The reason energy and water consumption are so closely linked is that power generation consumes large amounts of water. Since customer use is responsible for most water-related electricity consumption, our findings reinforce the importance of improving product energy efficiency in order to shrink our environmental footprint.

Helping suppliers to use less energy, and using water efficiently in our own operations are also central to our approach. We reduced water use at our water-stressed locations by almost 9% between 2011 and 2013.

Learn more about how we are reducing water use across our value chain in our 2013 Living Progress Report (PDF 1.32 MB).

1 Emissions from Facilities and Transportation fleet (Scope 1 and Scope 2) are from 2012. Emissions in the other categories included in this graphic (Scope 3) are from 2011. To calculate Scope 1, Scope 2, and Scope 3 emissions, HP has followed the principles outlined in the Greenhouse Gas Protocol developed by the World Resources Institute and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Ernst & Young has assured HP’s global Scope 1, 2, and 3 GHG emissions for the years noted. Additional details on calculations and methodology can be found in HP’s ‘Carbon Accounting Explanations’ document.

2 HP calculates emissions intensity as its suppliers’ GHG emissions divided by HP’s annual revenue. This method normalizes performance based on business productivity.

3 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, HP Moonshot and HP Apollo.

4 Expressed as emissions generated per unit of output. The unit of output was determined per product line as follows: printer output represents carbon emissions from printing one A4 image; each personal system represents one unit of output; for servers, each unit of output equals a task performed by the system, as defined by industry standards.

5 De minimis values are less than 0.25% of total Scope 3 emissions.

6 Refers to first-tier suppliers for manufacturing, materials, and components. The majority of these companies report on a calendar year basis. 2011 is the most recent year data is available.


Aron Cramer

President & CEO,
Business for Social Responsability