HP recognizes the important role that the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector will play in enabling carbon dioxide (CO2 ) reductions across a variety of sectors. We are committed to reducing our own contribution to climate change as well as developing IT solutions that can help lower or reduce the release of greenhouse gases (GHG) such as CO2 into the atmosphere. Below are just a few of our low carbon solutions for our customers and the successes they have achieved in lowering their footprint.
Commercial Print on Demand
In an estimate made by HP, the abatement potential due to minimizing overruns of books, magazines and newspapers through digital printing services is on the order of 114 to 251 MM tonnes CO2e (this estimation includes a rough estimate of the embedded carbon and energy use of the printers as well as the paper production) – at the low end similar to the Smart 2020 report's estimate for global implementation of automated lighting systems, and at the high end almost as great as the same report's estimate for a large scale shift to telecommuting. Read HP's white paper for details on reducing the greenhouse gas emissions of commercial print with digital on-demand technologies.
For every $1 of printing, there are $5-8 of other costs, including warehousing, distribution and inventory obsolescence. Each of these has an associated energy use and emissions footprint, and each can be reduced through the creation of marketing collateral 'on-demand'.
Find out more information on HP's Collateral on Demand solutions.
Marketrend eliminates the need to store vast quantities of materials and decreases operational costs through collateral on demand services. Furthermore, collateral on demand gives Marketrend the ability to rapidly generate material specifically for customer, minimizing the amount of wasted material - an estimated 30% of material is thrown away once it is printed using conventional offset printing due to obsolete information. Collateral on Demand can also have a significant effect on reducing the amount of wastage and emissions from storage and transportation.
HP and Amazon are working together to use digital color printing to reduce book publishing overruns. With HP Indigo presses at their fulfillment centers, Amazon can provide unmatched selection of books, including those small-volume and rare.
Find out more information on Marketing Collateral on Demand.
Tools: HP's Carbon Footprint Calculator for Printing.
Smart Grid and Sensor Technology
HP can deliver end-to-end Utilities Industry Solutions that will change the industry 's landscape through hardware, software, consulting and IT services. With over 65% of the world's power transmission controlled by HP and its partners, HP has the experience and proven methodologies to plan, design, build and test utility projects.
Watch how Detroit Water & Sewerage uses HP technology to provide better service with an advanced meter infrastructure.
Read about HP's vision for City 2.0, where IT will be key to sustainability, fueling growth while decreasing environmental impact.
Managed Print Services
Office printing represents a significant area for energy and paper reductions through managed print services. HP Managed Print Services helps companies streamline and minimize the cost of office printing through a complete hardware and service offering. Assessment, implementation and management services leverage HP's expertise in reducing energy and paper waste in offices.
In addition to paper savings, an optimized printing infrastructure can yield substantial energy savings – we have observed 30% to 80% reductions with some HP Managed Print Services customers9. Furthermore, managed print services reduce the number of printers and replaces less efficient printers with newer high-efficiency models. This is especially relevant as HP printing products become more efficient, and by 2011, HP has a goal of improving the overall energy efficiency of high volume Inkjet and Laserjet printers by 40% relative to 200510.
Ready to evaluate your own printers? Check out HP's Carbon Footprint Calculator for Printing tool.
3M saves more than $3M with HP Managed Print Services.
Viacom slashed their energy use for printing with HP's Managed Print Services by 62.5%.
Swiss Post reduced their 17,000 printers to 6,000 and from 140 models to just six.
Merck takes its success HP Managed Print Services solution worldwide to create a prescription for theh future with print efficiency and environmental stewardship.
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HP Critical Facilities Services align IT and critical facilities requirements to create optimized data centers that maximize energy efficiency while meeting performance requirements.
HP does this through subject matter specialists that are responsible for the implementation of Moving Towards Sustainability, and our Energy and Sustainability program, which is focused on research, development of proprietary assessment tools and implementation of sustainable, energy-efficient and environmentally responsible design strategies for data centers and other high-performance building types. HP has designed and commissioned over 50 million square feet of raised-floor environments.
Consider This: Smart consolidation, managed services and facility design can reduce the power and cooling demands by 10% to 45%11.
HP Critical Facilities Services helped Citigroup, Inc. consolidate 52 data centers into 24 within 4 years, and lowered energy costs by 30% at their Georgetown facility.
Power management services can also lead to significant energy and emissions reductions for large corporations. As an example, EDS (an HP company) incorporated power management in over 90,000 computers resulting in an estimated reduction of 3,048 tonnes of CO2e.
High Impact Research
Central Nervous System for the Earth (CeNSE) aims to build a planet wide sensing network using billions of tiny, inexpensive, tough and exquisitely sensitive detectors to improve the sustainability, safety, and security of people and businesses.
As the network of sensors grows, the breadth and detail of information it gathers could be critical to Earth's survival, says Peter Hartwell, HP Labs Senior Researcher; "If we're going to save the planet, we've got to monitor it."
A sensing network would be able to provide massive amounts of data which could be used, for example, to increase understanding of weather patterns, provide real-time monitoring of infrastructure and even be able to warn consumers of pesticides in produce. Sensors may be scattered along roadsides to monitor traffic, weather and road conditions. Embedded in everyday electronics, CeNSE nodes might track hospital equipment, sniff out pesticides and pathogens in food, or even "recognize" the person using them and adapt.
On an individual level, sensing could help people make everyday lifestyle changes: "We have to use this capability to figure out how to change the way we do things: You can tell the kids to turn off the lights, but it's going to be a lot more effective if the lights turn themselves off," says Hartwell.
The CeNSE project taps into HP Labs advancements in the areas of sensors and network innovations and will leverage HP's core expertise in manufacturing computer chips to cost effectively mass produce these sensors and turn information into action.
Learn more about how HP is Innovating for the Environment at HP Labs.
1 HP's Low Carbon IT Solutions white paper.
2 An average manufacturing facility may consume 2 MW and could operate 5475 hrs/yr (15 hrs/day, 365 days/yr). An 11.3% reduction in this type of facility would result in an annual emission savings of 631 tonnes CO2e (using the worldwide average of 0.51 kg CO2e/kWh). Energy savings includes the IT infrastructure.
4 Travel avoidance depends on a company's travel and meeting policy - estimation is based on HP overall travel patterns and conservative assumptions.
The default carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) factor used in the calculations is for a 100 year global warming potential (GWP). Factors from MIET, an extended input-output tool using US 1998 annual input-output tables and the standard make and use framework from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA.gov). Appropriate sectors used for each studio items. Embedded emissions calculated based on a six-person Halo studio, with all major electronic items, office furniture and room lighting accounted for. Emissions from the energy use of a studio and network estimated for six meetings per business day for the year and using a global average of 0.51kg/kWh.
5 Equivalencies from EPA Greenhouse gas calculator,
6 For air travel avoidance, an average of 1,609 miles per round-trip (average of short, medium and long haul flights at HP), and a CO2 footprint per mile of 199g CO2e (www.cleanairconservancy.org ) is used. Car travel to/from airport on both ends is also considered. Of the 35% of meetings that avoid travel, only 1.4 persons are assumed to avoid travel in each meeting. Usage depends on a company's travel and meeting policies.
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8 Clean Air Conservancy Air Travel Emissions Calculator, www.cleanairconservancy.org .
9 Reducing the Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Commercial Print with Digital Technologies white paper.