Improving the environmental performance of
our customers, operations, and supply chain.
We’re committed to using 100% renewable electricity in our global operations.
Our commitment to sustainability and transformative innovation spans our entire value chain, including our worldwide operations. Although our offices and manufacturing facilities account for only a small percentage of our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and water use, we strive to model best practice. To support the transformation of global energy markets and continual improvement in our own performance, in 2016 we committed to achieve 100% renewable electricity usage in our operations. As an important step to achieving this ambition, we set a goal to reach 40% renewable electricity in our global operations by 2020.
In 2015, five years early, we met our goals to reduce operational GHG emissions and per capita office water use. For more data, see Our footprint.
To limit the impacts of our facilities, we look to reduce energy, water, and paper consumption and GHG emissions. Our Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Policy and management systems ensure our sites meet company standards globally and comply with applicable laws and regulations. Manufacturing sites that we own or lease pursue ISO14001certification, the international standard.
We investigate all allegations of legal noncompliance by HP facilities, and take corrective and preventive action where needed. All newly acquired companies must implement our EHS management system.
HP facilities worldwide work to reduce climate impacts by using less and cleaner energy. Our pledge to achieve 100% renewable electricity usage, together with an interim goal of 40% renewable electricity by 2020, further embed sustainability in our business strategy. To meet these commitments, we will:
- Slash energy usage by optimizing operations and building efficiency and through new efficiency projects.
- Use more on-site renewable power.
- Acquire or generate off-site renewable power to offset brown energy emissions, including through renewable energy credits and power purchase agreements.
In 2015, we met our 2020 goal to reduce GHG emissions (Scope 1 and Scope 2) from operations by 20% compared to 2010. Globally, our facilities produced 1,432,100 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions, 14% less than in 2014 and a 29% drop from the 2010 baseline. A 54% increase in voluntary renewable energy purchases drove our progress.
For more data, see our complete carbon footprint.
Energy efficiency and renewables
Energy use makes up a significant amount of our annual operating expense. By optimizing energy efficiency, we both reduce our direct energy use and related emissions, and cut costs. Our facilities use internal and external guidelines and operating standards to conserve resources, implement efficiencies and utilize smart building controls in areas including lighting, heating and cooling.
To further improve building performance, from 2016 we will issue new construction guidelines and our facility management suppliers will perform 2-4 efficiency audits annually at our major sites.
Carbon neutral, renewable energy is central to our global strategy to reduce operational GHG emissions. In 2015, our installed capacity of on-site renewable energy rose to 2.5 MW, a 13% increase from 2014. In 2016 and beyond, we will expand on-site solar, wind and other renewable capacity, and off-site generation through power purchase agreements.
Waste and recycling
HP facilities follow a global policy of “reduce, reuse, and recycle.” Fifty HP sites sent zero waste to landfill in 2015. With employee support, we recycle paper, plastics, glass, aluminum containers, pallets, and batteries in all buildings where recycling is available. We also reuse electronic equipment when appropriate. Otherwise, we recycle it responsibly through the same programs we offer our customers.
The main hazardous waste we generate is liquid from ink and inkjet manufacturing sites. These facilities prioritize waste management methods with low environmental impacts, only using disposal as a last resort. In 2015, we generated approximately 70,050 tonnes of total waste, 1% more than in 2014. Of this, 90% was nonhazardous, and 87.2% was diverted from landfill.
With record drought affecting many regions, water availability is a growing concern. Although our facilities are not water-intensive, we are committed to reducing our water footprint.
We use the WBCSD Global Water Tool to monitor water scarcity where we operate and identify HP sites considered water stressed. For transparency, we also take part in the CDP water program. Our water reduction initiatives around the world include smart metering, improved irrigation and landscaping, and water infrastructure upgrades.
We consumed 7,226,000 cubic meters of water in 2015, 3% less than in 2014 across all sites, and 5% less at 44 priority sites in water-stressed regions. Through 2015, freshwater consumption per employee at HP office sites fell by 26% compared to 2010, achieving our 20% by 2020 goal.
Strengthening our communities and enabling the sustainable development of society
Acting with integrity and respect for human rights around the world
All figures contained on this page are reflective of Hewlett-Packard Company prior to the company’s November 1, 2015 separation. HP Inc. metrics will be introduced to the site on an on-going basis as they become available.
Environmental, health, and safety management system
Standards for HP's work and business environment
HP's environmental, health, and safety (EHS) policy expresses our longstanding commitment to environmental management and employee safety. The policy states that our goal is to 'conduct our operations in an environmentally responsible manner, and create health and safety practices and work environments that enable HP employees to work injury-free'. To accomplish this, the policy specifies that 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, resource 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.
Environmental, health and safety management system
To achieve our EHS policy goals, we implement an environmental, health and safety management system (EHS MS) as an integral part of doing business. It is tailored to HP's business and is implemented globally, regionally, and locally. To ensure that our EHS objectives continue to be met as we grow, we introduce our EHS management system to newly acquired companies as part of the integration process and require them to use our system.
HP's EHS MS is a structured approach to identifying EHS priorities, meeting HP and external requirements, controlling risk, and improving performance. Our global EHS organization has stewardship of the EHS MS and collaborates with the appropriate HP organizations to recommend performance improvement goals. The EHS MS requires sites to monitor performance, conduct audits and management reviews, and to implement corrective and preventive actions.
HP's EHS MS is based on recognized international models including ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001. HP was one of the first multinational businesses to obtain a single, global ISO 14001 certification for worldwide manufacturing operations.
Legal compliance is HP's minimum requirement for EHS, and our internal EHS standards reflect this commitment. Our EHS management system ensures we have the processes needed to comply. We investigate any allegation of non-compliance with the law to determine the root causes and implement corrective action to prevent recurrence.
Audits and assurance
Audits of our EHS MS provide assurance that our EHS policies and standards are implemented worldwide. Audits are conducted by internal qualified professionals and the results are reported to senior management. The frequency of audits is based on site complexity and past performance. These audits complement regulatory compliance evaluations conducted by our region and local EHS staffs and third-party audits conducted by our ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 registrars. We analyze instances of nonconformance to our policies and standards, take corrective action, and establish preventive measures to reduce the likelihood of future nonconformance. This system provides a strong basis for continual improvement.
Employee awareness and training
HP provides EHS training for employees in local languages. EHS fundamentals are part of employees' orientation training and are regularly refreshed through an online EHS Policies and Standards training module, employee websites, and EHS communications. Additionally, employees receive health and safety training specific to their job.
Standards and guidance
HP EHS performance standards apply to all sites. The management system standard addresses EHS management processes such as risk assessment, objective setting, training and awareness, monitoring and measurement, inspections and auditing, and management responsibilities. Accompanying standards address specific operational controls, including energy management, chemical management, waste minimization, fire and life safety, ergonomics, and electrical safety.
Emergency preparedness and response
HP's risk-based emergency preparedness and response programs are designed to protect people, property, the environment, and continuity of operations. These programs cover planning, prevention, response, and recovery. Response plans exist for chemical releases, evacuations, fires, natural disasters, security threats, and other emergencies. Response teams are trained and tested in first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, spill response, and facility control operations, as appropriate to local working environments. Employees are trained on emergency response procedures and regularly participate in emergency evacuation and other drills.