Our operations

The environmental impacts from our worldwide operations are much less than from customer use of our products and services or from our supply chain. We reduce these impacts wherever possible, as part of our commitment to Environmental Progress.

Reducing energy use and associated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from our offices, data centers, and manufacturing facilities is a priority. To achieve this, we focus on energy efficiency, smart building design, and renewable energy installations. We also work to reduce waste, paper use, and water consumption across our operations. Some of our manufacturing sites have additional impacts, including wastewater discharges, and permitted releases of regulated substances, which we try to minimize.

Environmental management

Our efforts to limit operational impacts are grounded in our Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Policy and comprehensive EHS management systems. These ensure we comply with applicable laws and regulations and meet company standards across all our facilities.

Our manufacturing operations in owned and leased space worldwide are certified to ISO 14001, the international standard for environmental management systems. In 2014, we stepped up efforts to expand certification to other facilities. Ten offices in our Europe, Middle East, and Africa region are now ISO 14001-certified, with six data centers in the UK and two in Europe maintaining or achieving this certification. Seven UK data centers are also accredited to the European Union Data Center Code of Conduct, and we are seeking accreditation for other major facilities in mainland Europe during 2015. We require all newly acquired companies to implement our EHS management system.

We investigate thoroughly all allegations of noncompliance with the law to correct any issues, determine the root causes, and, if applicable, take action to prevent recurrence.

Energy and GHG emissions

Although our operations account for only 5% of our total carbon footprint, we take every reasonable opportunity at our facilities to reduce emissions and address climate change. Our approach is to optimize building performance, self-generate and purchase renewable energy, and reduce impacts from employee business travel. These activities collectively drive progress toward our goal to reduce GHG emissions (Scope 1 and Scope 2) from our operations by 20% by 2020, compared with 2010 levels 2.

In 2014, our operations produced 1,667,700 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions, a 5.5% reduction from 2013 and a 17.3% decrease from our 2010 baseline. This progress was due to energy efficiency improvements globally, including data center consolidation, a 150% increase in our renewable energy-generating capacity, and reduced emissions from business travel.

Greenhouse gas emissions from operations,
2010–2014 [tonnes CO2e]

See HP’s complete carbon footprint.

Energy efficiency

Improving energy efficiency is the most effective way to reduce our direct energy use and related GHG emissions from operations, while saving money.

We strive to optimize building performance through best-in-class operational practices and a new initiative for re-commissioning existing buildings begun in late 2014. Our construction guidelines and operating standards include recommendations on energy efficiency and resource conservation that cover data center design, lighting, heating, and cooling. We look to embed new technologies in our buildings, such as smarter lighting controls and advanced fault detection of underperforming systems.

In 2014, we replaced aging building management systems at facilities in Mexico, France, Ireland, and Spain, saving 2.1 million kWh of energy per year. We also replaced energy-intensive infrared humidification systems with ultrasonic alternatives at two data centers — in the United States and Canada — saving 2.7 million kWh of energy per year.

Renewable energy

Using renewable energy sources, such as solar power, at our facilities reduces GHG emissions while providing a hedge against rising fossil fuel prices.

In March 2016, we pledged to achieve 100% renewable electricity usage in our global operations, and plan to reach the 40% renewable electricity mark by 2020. As part of this goal, we joined RE100, a global initiative of top businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity. We are applying a three-phase strategy to reach this goal:

  1. Aggressively reduce energy consumption by optimizing operations/building efficiency and implementing new efficiency projects
  2. Increase the use of on-site renewable power
  3. Acquire or generate off-site renewable power to offset brown power emissions, including the use of renewable energy credits (RECs) and power purchase agreements (PPAs)
    1. In 2014, our installed capacity for on-site renewable energy rose to 5.9 MW, a 150% increase from 2013. This was largely due to completing new solar panel installations at seven facilities - four in India and one each at Kiryat Gat, Israel, Guadalajara, Mexico, and our Palo Alto, California headquarters in the United States. Our solar installations now avoid an estimated 5,700 tonnes of CO2e emissions annually. In 2015, our installed solar capacity will increase again by more than 60% as we complete two new installations in Andover, Massachusetts and Roseville, California.

      In July 2015, we signed a 12-year power purchase agreement for 112 MW of wind power with SunEdison, Inc., the world’s largest renewable energy development company. The locally generated wind electricity is sufficient to power 100% of our Texas-based data center operation. The agreement will allow us to reach our 2020 operational greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goal by the end of FY15, five years ahead of schedule. That goal originally aimed to reduce total GHG emissions from our operations (Scope 1 and Scope 2) by 20% of 2010 levels by 2020.

      We are also exploring other self-generation technologies such as fuel cells.

      Waste and recycling

      Although our facilities around the world do not generate large amounts of waste, we reduce related environmental impacts through a global policy of “reduce, reuse, and recycle”, coupled with employee engagement.

      The vast majority of waste we generate (90.7% in 2014) is nonhazardous, and includes paper, pallets, and packaging. In 2014, we reused, recycled, or incinerated around 55,600 tonnes of nonhazardous waste, achieving a landfill-diversion rate of 88.0% – up from 87.0% in 2013. For hazardous waste—mainly liquid from our ink and inkjet manufacturing facilities and batteries from data centers—we prioritize waste management options with lower environmental impacts and only use disposal as a last resort.

      In 2014, we generated approximately 69,700 tonnes of total waste compared with 78,700 tonnes in 2013, a reduction of 11.5%. Fifty HP sites around the world diverted 100% of their waste from landfills during 2014.

      We reuse electronic equipment when appropriate. Otherwise, we recycle it responsibly through the same programs we offer our customers.


      HP’s operations are not water intensive, but we recognize that water availability is a growing concern in many parts of the world. We are committed to reducing our water footprint, especially at operations in water-stressed regions, such as India, Israel, and Singapore. We take part in the CDP water program to improve our understanding of water issues and our disclosure.

      In 2014, we developed a new, global water goal: to reduce fresh water consumption (per employee) by 20% at our office sites by 2020 3 compared to 2010. Initially, we are focusing efforts on water-stressed areas and our top ten water-consuming sites in each region. For example, in Singapore our new Tuas ink plant uses 78% less potable water than comparable buildings due to low consumption water fittings, drought-tolerant landscaping, and use of recycled water for cooling towers, toilets, and irrigation.

      Our annual global water consumption fell by 3.1% in 2014. During the year, we consumed 7,431,000 cubic meters of water worldwide, predominantly for use in buildings, cooling, and landscape irrigation. Consumption at our 45 priority sites in water-stressed locations decreased by 3.2% in 2014, compared to 2013.

      For complete information regarding our approach to environmental sustainability in our operations, please download our 2014 Living Progress Report.To view full data and goals, visit the data and goals dashboard.

      1Refers to onsite PV solar.

      2For a list of HP’s Scope 1 and 2 emissions, see Sources of GHG emissions from HP operations, 2014 Living Progress Report.

      3This goal covers only locations where HP directly tracks water consumption, as opposed to sites where the company extrapolates the data based on other locations.