HP operations

HP is working hard to reduce our environmental footprint and drive sustainable growth. One of the most significant environmental impacts from our operations is the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that result from energy generated to run our offices, data centers, and manufacturing facilities. Other environmental impacts from our operations are those associated with waste disposal, paper use, water consumption, site remediation, and the use of ozone-depleting substances. Some of our manufacturing facilities have additional impacts, including wastewater discharges and permitted releases of regulated substances.

We are working to improve our environmental performance by:

  • •   Enhancing energy efficiency and reducing GHG emissions
  • •   Increasing resource efficiency
  • •   Creating new opportunities and markets by sharing successes in our own operations
           with partners and customers

HP’s environmental, health, and safety (EHS) management system is designed to ensure that all our facilities comply with applicable regulations and meet company standards. At its core is our EHS policy.  HP manufacturing operations in owned and leased space worldwide are certified to ISO 14001, the international standard for environmental management systems. We investigate any allegations of noncompliance with the law to correct any issues, determine the root causes, and, if applicable, implement corrective action to help prevent recurrence.

Energy and GHG emissions

We have established a new goal to reduce HP’s total GHG emissions from our operations (Scope 1 and Scope 2) by 20% by 2020, compared to 2010 levels. We reached our goal to cut absolute emissions from our operations to 20% below 2005 levels by 2013 – two years earlier than originally committed.

HP is committed to reducing our emissions by making our global operations more energy efficient, using low-carbon energy sources, where possible, and reducing employees’ business travel. These activities also help reduce costs.

Greenhouse gas emissions from our operations account for less than 5% of HP’s total carbon footprint, including its supply chain, operations, and customer use of our products. However, emissions from operations are most within our control and we believe it’s important to take every opportunity to help tackle global climate change.

In 2012, our operations produced a total of 1,889,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions, a decrease from 1,990,000 tonnes of CO2e in 2011 and an 8% reduction from our 2010 baseline.

Greenhouse gas emissions from operations,
2010–2012*[tonnes CO2e]

Americas 1,238,000 1,197,000 1,098,900
Europe, Middle East and Africa 355,000 282,000 264,000
Asia Pacific and Japan 464,000 510,000 527,000
Total [tonnes CO2e] 2,057,000 1,990,000 1,889,000
- GHG emissions intensity'' [tonnes CO2e/$million USD of net revenue] 16.3 15.6 15.7

' Total includes HP's Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions.

'' Historical emissions intensity values were calculated using HP's annual revenue
as characterized in financial reporting and Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions.

Pascale Legros
HP employee since 2008
Pascale Legros, based in Montréal, Canada, has played a variety of roles since joining HP Global Procurement about five years ago. Beginning March 2012, she has served as HP’s Sustainable Procurement Program Manager, focusing on developing and implementing environmentally sustainable procurement strategies. As social and environmental responsibility (SER) issues are increasingly central in the global marketplace, companies including HP are using their buying power to improve the performance of their supply chains.
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Energy efficiency

Improving energy efficiency in HP’s operations enables us to grow our business and save costs while reducing our environmental impact. Becoming more energy efficient is a fundamental part of our environmental strategy, and one we are pursuing by consolidating our sites into fewer, bigger, more efficient locations. We continued this approach in 2012.

In addition, we employ energy-saving measures such as installing energy-efficient technology and lighting in offices, research labs, and data centers.

Renewable energy

Although increasing energy efficiency remains our priority, switching to renewable energy sources supports our goal to reduce absolute GHG emissions from our operational real estate. We purchased 496 million kWh of renewable energy worldwide in 2012, in addition to 3 million kWh generated on-site, equivalent to 13% of our total electricity consumption and a 60% increase since 2010. As a result, we achieved our target to double renewable energy purchases to 8% of our electricity use by 2012 (we actually reached this goal in 2011, one year ahead of schedule).

Waste and recycling

HP generates nonhazardous waste such as paper, pallets, metals, and packaging, as well as hazardous waste consisting mainly of liquid waste from our ink-manufacturing facilities and batteries from our data centers. The two types of waste require different approaches, but we aim to reduce the environmental impact of both through a policy of reduce, reuse, and recycle.

In 2012, HP generated approximately 125,500 tonnes of total waste compared with 90,300 in 2011. The vast majority (94%) was nonhazardous solid waste, equaling approximately 117,400 tonnes in 2012, a 42% increase compared to 2011. This considerable rise is the result of two major building demolition projects in the Americas region that will not be repeated. We expect waste volumes to substantially reduce again next year. Despite the increase in waste created, we reused, recycled, or incinerated for energy around 103,500 tonnes of nonhazardous waste, achieving a landfill-diversion rate of 88.1%. This is an increase from 82.0% in 2011.

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 globally. We are aware that some of our operations are in water-stressed regions, making water availability and quality an issue for our business, customers, and communities. We purchase the vast majority of water we use through well-regulated municipal sources and participate in the Water Disclosure Project External site to enhance our understanding of the issue and develop a clearer picture of our water use.

In 2012, HP’s total water use was just under 8.5 million cubic meters worldwide, predominantly for domestic use in buildings, cooling, and landscape irrigation. This repre-sents a 2% increase from 2011.

Our approach to managing water use takes into account water availability at a facility’s location, as well as the facility’s usage, to reflect the fact that water impacts are local. We used the Global Water Tool developed by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and data produced by the University of New Hampshire to identify sites in water-stressed locations.

For complete information regarding HP’s approach to environmental sustainability in our products and solutions, please download our 2012 Global Citizenship Report. To view data and goals from across our global citizenship efforts, visit the data and goals dashboard.

1 Hazardous waste classification varies by country. For ease of calculation, HP data includes some waste not considered hazardous in the country where it is generated.

2 Even though most water is procured from municipal sources HP recognizes the opportunity to differentiate sources in some cases. In 2013, HP will move towards more fully using Global Reporting Initiative indicator EN8 as the protocol for tracking water by source where possible.

We are implementing water-saving measures at a select number of sites that these tools indicated are in water-stressed regions, by 2015. Examples include flow restrictors, waterless urinals, and rainwater harvesting. We expect these measures to reduce water use across those sites by 3% overall from 2011 levels.