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, and we reduce these impacts wherever possible.

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from our offices, data centers, and manufacturing facilities account for 5% of emissions across our value chain. We use energy efficiency measures, smart building design, and renewable energy installations to reduce our operational carbon footprint. We also work to decrease waste, reduce paper and water consumption, and use less ozone-depleting substances. Some of our manufacturing facilities have additional impacts, including wastewater discharges and permitted releases of regulated substances, which we try to minimize.

Our environmental, health, and safety (EHS) management system ensures that we comply with applicable laws and regulations and meet company standards across all our facilities. At its core is our EHS policy.  Our manufacturing operations in owned and leased space worldwide are certified to ISO 14001, the international standard for environmental management systems. In 2013, we continued efforts to achieve ISO 14001 certification for data centers in the UK and for offices in several continental European countries. We investigate 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 improve energy efficiency in our operations, use low-carbon and renewable energy sources where possible, and reduce impacts from employee business travel. These activities can reduce costs while driving progress toward our goal to reduce HP’s total GHG emissions from our operations (Scope 1 and Scope 2) by 20% by 2020, compared to 2010 levels.

In 2013, our operations produced a total of 1,795,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions, a 4.3% decrease from 1,874,700 tonnes of CO2e in 2012 and an 11.5% reduction from our 2010 baseline. Our emissions continued to fall due to energy efficiency efforts globally and a 17.7% increase in our renewable energy-generating capacity during the year.

Greenhouse gas emissions from operations,
2010–2013*[tonnes CO2e]

Americas 1,205,100 1,170,300 1,079,800 1,033,800
Europe, Middle East and Africa 354,800 282,500 264,700 255,500
Asia Pacific and Japan 467,800 518,400 530,200 505,700
Total [tonnes CO2e] 2,027,700 1,971,200 1,874,700 1,795,000
- GHG emissions intensity** [tonnes CO2e/$million USD of net revenue] 16.1 15.5 15.6 16.0

* Total includes HP’s Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions. Emissions in this table have changed for previous fiscal years for three reasons:
    • The use of district cooling at the Malaysia Cyberjaya site was identified in FY13 and tracked retroactively to 2010
    • Revised U.S. eGrid emissions factors with year 2010 data from ninth edition published February 2014
    • Revised Australia emissions factors using NGER Technical Guidelines, reporting year 2013–14 published July 2013

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

See HP’s complete carbon footprint.

Energy efficiency

Improving energy efficiency in our operations is the most effective way to reduce our energy use and GHG emissions. It’s a strategic investment that drives business growth, saves money, and reduces environmental impact.

Our focus on sustainability guides our decisions on building design and operation. Energy efficiency and resource conservation drive areas such as efficient lighting, heating and cooling equipment, and data center design. In 2013, our corporate headquarters in Palo Alto, California, as well as our lab at Fort Collins, Colorado, achieved certification from ENERGY STAR®. We built two energy-efficient data centers in Sydney, Australia and Toronto, Canada, designed and built to achieve a highly efficient power-usage effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.2 or better.1 Both take maximum advantage of local climatic conditions, using natural air-cooling most of the 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. We hope to raise self-generated capacity to 10 megawatts (MW) by 2017—a fivefold increase from 2012 levels. In 2013, our installed capacity for on-site renewable energy rose to nearly 2.4 MW, up 17.7% from 2012. The additional capacity is from new solar installations in Kiryat Gat, Israel, and Guadalajara, Mexico. In 2014, our installed capacity will more than double to nearly 6 MW, putting us on track to reach 10 MW by 2017.

Waste and recycling

Although our facilities do not generate large amounts of waste, we work to reduce related environmental impacts through a policy of “reduce, reuse, and recycle.” We minimize the amount of nonhazardous solid waste—such as paper, pallets, and packaging – that we send to landfill. For waste managed as hazardous2 —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 2013, we generated approximately 78,600 tonnes of total waste compared with 125,700 in 2012, a reduction of 37.5%. The vast majority (89.9%) was nonhazardous solid waste, equaling approximately 70,700 tonnes. We reused, recycled, or incinerated about 61,500 tonnes of nonhazardous waste, achieving a landfill diversion rate of 87.0%, with 59 sites around the world diverting 100% of their waste from landfills.

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 committed to reducing our water footprint, especially at operations in water-stressed regions. We take part in the CDP water program External site to improve our understanding of water issues and our disclosure.

In 2013, we modeled our water footprint across our value chain for 2012. This showed that only 5% of total water use was related to our operations, both direct consumption as well as water associated with electricity generation. We consumed 7.7 million cubic meters of water worldwide, predominantly for use in buildings, cooling, and landscape irrigation, a 10.0% decrease from 2012.

For complete information regarding our approach to environmental sustainability in our operations, please download our 2013 Living Progress Report. To view data and goals from across our Living Progress efforts, visit the data and goals dashboard.

1 Power usage effectiveness is the ratio of the total energy used by a data center compared to the amount used for computing. The lowest theoretical rate is 1.0.

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