We strive to improve the environmental performance of our customers, our supply chain, and our own operations. We give people the tools and solutions to build a better today while preparing to address the challenges of tomorrow.

2011 Environmental Goals

  • Product use: HP will reduce the energy consumption of HP products1 and associated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 40% below 2005 levels by the end of 2011.

    Progress: Reduced to 50%, achieved nine months ahead of schedule.

  • Representative product categories have their own goals, including the following goals for HP's high-volume printer, and desktop and notebook PC families:

    • HP will improve the overall energy efficiency of HP ink and laser printing products by 40%, relative to 2005.2

      Progress: HP exceeded this goal and improved the energy efficiency of HP ink and laser printing products by 46%, relative to 2005.

    • HP will save customers one billion kWh of electricity through a variety of product design strategies in HP's high-volume HP desktop and notebook PC families, relative to 2008.3

      Progress: HP exceeded this goal and saved customers 1.4 billion kWh through 2010.

  • RoHS: Apply the European Union (EU) Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) 2 substance and exemption requirements voluntarily outside the EU (and European Free Trade Association) on a worldwide basis within six months of each of the EU's various legal compliance dates for virtually all HP branded products in the scope of EU RoHS 2, except where it is widely recognized that there is no technically feasible alternative (as indicated by an exemption under the EU RoHS Directive).

    Progress: Achieved for 2011.

  • Packaging:

    For inkjet supplies:

    • Achieve 35% minimum recycled content for corrugate, globally.

    • Achieve 80% minimum recycled content for paperboard, globally.

    Progress: Achieved for 2011.

    For desktop and notebook PC products:

    • Reduce the ratio of total packaging weight to total packaged product weight to 28%.

      Progress: We have taken steps to reduce the ratio and believe that we made substantial progress in 2011. However, due to several changes in HP packaging designs and the complex nature of the resulting calculations, we cannot accurately report our progress on the goal at this time. We are updating our tools to more reliably assess this weight ratio in the future.

    • Achieve 35% minimum recycled content for corrugate, globally.

      Progress: Achieved for 2011.

  • Paper: 40% or more of HP-branded paper sold will be Forest Stewardship Council-certified or have more than 30% post-consumer waste content by the end of 2011.

    Progress: We exceeded the 40% goal for HP-branded paper meeting one or both of these criteria, compared with 14% that met the criteria in 2010.

  • Materials: As technologically feasible alternatives become readily available that will not compromise product performance or quality and will not adversely impact health or the environment, we will complete the phase out of BFR and PVC in newly introduced personal computing products.4

    Progress: HP achieved 67% of its goal to phase out BFR and PVC in newly introduced personal computing products in 2011; 100% of all new notebook products have achieved this BFR- and PVC-free goal. HP will complete its goal to phase out BFR and PVC where technically feasible in those few remaining new PC products as market demand and customer expectations permit.

  • Recycled plastic: Use a total of 100 million pounds, cumulatively from 2007, of recycled plastic in HP printing products.

    Progress: Achieved as of July 2011.

  • Manufacturing: Report on actual savings our suppliers achieved from the China Energy Efficiency Partnership program.

    Progress: During the first 10 months of the 2011 program cycle (through June 2011), participating HP suppliers reported savings that total 6 million kWh.

2012 Environmental Goals

  • Materials: Complete the phase-out of bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP) in newly introduced personal computing products by the end of 2012.

  • Renewable energy: Double voluntary purchases of renewable energy to 8% of electricity use (in addition to the renewable energy available by default in the power grid).

    Progress: We purchased approximately 440 million kWh of renewable energy worldwide in 2011, equivalent to more than 10% of overall electricity use, achieving our goal one year early.

  • Manufacturing:

    • Continue to promote supplier transparency in environmental performance and carbon emissions reduction by collecting carbon emissions data from suppliers representing 95% of first-tier manufacturing, material, and component supplier spend.

    • Facilitate supplier environmental performance improvements by tripling the number of HP supplier sites participating in the Energy Efficiency Partnership program compared with 2011 and sharing energy-saving best practices developed through the program to date.

2013 Environmental Goals

  • Operations: Reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from HP-owned and HP-leased facilities by 20% relative to 2005 levels by the end of 2013 on an absolute basis.

    Progress: GHG emissions from our operations (not including travel) equaled 1,856,500 tonnes in 2011, 20% below our 2005 baseline, meeting our goal two years early. By the end of 2012, we will create a new goal for reduction of GHG emissions from operations.

  • Product transport: Implement network enhancements, mode changes, and route optimization that decrease greenhouse gas emissions from product transport by 180,000 tonnes of CO2e, since 2008.

    Progress: Through 2011, we have achieved reductions through various projects of 138,000 tonnes of CO2e, since 2008.

2015 Environmental Goals

  • Operations and travel: Reduce GHG emissions from HP's U.S. auto fleet by 10% on a per unit basis, compared to 2010.

  • Water: Reduce freshwater use at sites identified as water-stressed by 3%, compared to 2011 consumption at those locations.

  • Product reuse and recycling:

    • Recycle 3.5 billion pounds (1.6 million tonnes) of electronic products and supplies by the end of 2015 (since 1987).

    • Reuse 40 million electronic product and accessory units by the end of 2015 (since 2003).

  • Paper: 50% or more of HP-branded paper will be FSC-certified or have at least 30% post-consumer waste content by the end of 2015.

    Progress: We are on track to meet this target (see related 2011 goal above).

To accomplish this, we will:

  • meet or exceed all applicable legal requirements;

  • proactively reduce occupational injury and illness risks, and promote employee health and well-being;

  • aggressively pursue pollution prevention, energy conservation and waste reduction in our operations;

  • design and manufacture our products to be safe to use and to minimize their environmental impact;

  • offer our customers environmentally responsible end-of-life management services for HP products; and

  • require our suppliers to conduct their operations in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.

We achieve this high level of performance by integrating these objectives into our business planning, decision-making, performance tracking and review processes to ensure we achieve our goals and continually improve upon them.


HP Global Public Policies

Read HP's global public policies, including global issue briefs on climate change, electronics recycling and energy efficiency.

Policy on Export of Electronic Waste to Developing Countries

HP does not allow e-waste to be exported from developed countries (Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development and European Union) to developing countries (non-OECD countries outside the EU).

HP defines e-waste as non-working parts or devices.

E-waste does not include:

  • Materials defined as non-hazardous under the Basel Convention;

  • Working equipment and parts that are not intended for disposal or recycling, but for donation, reuse or resale;

  • Components being returned to the original equipment manufacturer that are under warranty;

  • Materials to be used in manufacturing that do not require further processing or preparation.

Policy on Environmentally Preferable Paper

This policy defines the global environmental criteria and principles that HP follows when buying, selling or using paper and product packaging.