Environmental Product Design
for Computing Solutions

HP designs products to minimize their impact on the environment by reducing or eliminating hazardous materials, using fewer resources, reducing energy consumption and designing for recyclability. This section describes the actions taken for each product family.

Notebook PCs

Reduction of hazardous materials
  • Plastics greater than 25 grams have no halogenated flame retardants
  • No use of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) except for cables.
  • No use of polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs), polybrominated biphenyl ethers (PBDEs) also known as polybrominated biphenyl oxides (PBDOs)
  • Batteries do not contain mercury or cadmium or do not contain mercury or cadmium at a concentration currently prohibited by law.
  • Cadmium has not been used as a stabilizer, coloring agent or as a surface treatment for any parts, components or material in this product.
  • Mercury in laptops is less than 5mG per LCD
  • No use of ozone depleting substances in product manufacturing
Resource conservation
  • Packaging is made of 66% minimum of post-consumer recycled cardboard.
  • Manuals are printed on elementary chlorine free (EFC) bleached virgin or recycled paper or put on CD-ROM to minimize paper use
Power consumption
  • All Business and Consumer notebook PCs are ENERGY STAR® qualified
  • Some notebook PCs with Intel SpeedStep Technology enables the processor to automatically switch to lower, power-saving speeds or switch to higher-performance speeds according to the workload.
  • Set display brightness to lowest comfort level to conserve energy / battery life
Power management settings

Power-saving modes on HP Notebook PCs are configurable and pre-set at the factory to conserve power and battery life. To further increase energy savings, users can reduce the factory default time delay settings from the factory default settings as described in the user manual. Users can also manually send notebook PCs into a power saving mode at any time by pressing the appropriate key described in the user manual. Standby mode

  • Saves significant power
  • Turns off the display and other components
  • Maintains current session in RAM
  • Restarts quickly
  • Restores network connections
  • Power mode status light is blinking
  • Customers instructed not to disable standby mode
  • Default setting on AC power = standby within 20 minutes of inactivity
  • Default setting on battery power = standby within 5 minutes of inactivity

Hibernate mode

  • Saves maximum power
  • Saves current session to disk, then shuts down
  • Restores network connections
  • Power mode status light is off
  • Default setting on AC power = hibernate within 3 hours of inactivity
  • Default setting on battery power = hibernate within 2 hours of inactivity
Design for recycling
  • Marking plastic parts weighing more than 25 grams according to ISO 11469 for easier sorting
  • This product is designed for easy disassembly during recycling. Use of glues, adhesives and welds from product construction has been avoided where feasible
  • Large mechanical plastic parts consist of one material or are made of easily separable materials
  • The product uses common fasteners
  • The product includes snap-in features

Desktop PCs

Reduction of hazardous materials?
  • Plastics greater than 25 grams have no halogenated flame retardants
  • No use of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) except for cables
  • No use of polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs), polybrominated biphenyl ethers (PBDEs) also known as polybrominated biphenyl oxides (PBDOs)
  • No use of ozone depleting substances in product manufacturing
Resource conservation

Manuals are printed on elementary chlorine free (EFC) bleached virgin or recycled paper or put on CD-ROM to minimize paper use

Power consumption
  • Many models of PCs are ENERGY STAR® qualified
  • Standby mode saves significant power by turning off the display and other components. The current session is stored in RAM which allows for quick restarts
  • Hibernate mode saves more power than standby mode by saving the current session to disk then shutting down
Design for recycling
  • Marking plastic parts weighing more than 25 grams according to ISO 11469 for easier sorting
  • Eliminating glues and adhesives from product construction where feasible
  • Using common fasteners
  • Including snap-in features
  • Plastic and metal are easily separable for easy dismantling and recycling
  • Metallized plastic casings are not used

Servers and workstations

Reduction of hazardous materials
  • Plastics greater than 25 grams have no halogenated flame retardants
  • No use of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) except for cables
  • No use of polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs), polybrominated biphenyl ethers (PBDEs) also known as polybrominated biphenyl oxides (PBDOs)
  • No use of ozone depleting substances in product manufacturing
Resource conservation

Many workstations and servers can be upgraded, or its useful life extended by upgrading the following subsystems:

  • Memory
  • Network Connectivity
  • Processors
  • Power supplies
  • Mass storage devices
  • System Board

Manuals are printed on elementary chlorine free (EFC) bleached virgin or recycled paper or put on CD-ROM to minimize paper use

Server manuals default to electronic unless customer requests hardcopy



Design for recycling
  • Marking plastic parts weighing more than 25 grams according to ISO 11469 international standards for easier sorting
  • Eliminating glues and adhesives from product construction where technically feasible
  • Using common fasteners
  • Including snap-in features
  • Use one type of plastics for front bezel