Products and solutions

Exponential growth in computing and data is changing how society and business function, and brings many human, economic, and environmental benefits. But the growing amount of energy and material needed to store, process, and use data worldwide is simply not sustainable.

We offer solutions that help customers manage this explosion of data and capitalize on its opportunities, while reducing related environmental impacts. We have one of the industry’s broadest technology portfolios, and continually work to improve environmental performance across the life cycle of our products and solutions. From personal computing devices and printers to enterprise servers, storage and networking equipment, and entire data centers, we are transforming the environmental footprint of IT in ways that meet our customers’ needs.

We summarize our efforts to increase efficiency and reduce environmental impact across the life cycle of our products below. To learn more about environmental innovation across the infrastructure, software, services, products and solutions we offer, visit our EcoSolutions page.

Life cycle assessments

We use life cycle assessment (LCA) to better understand the environmental aspects and impacts of our products and solutions – from the raw materials we use to the reuse, recycling, or disposal of old devices.

This information helps us target improvements in materials, packaging, and products, and to prioritize for analysis and action those processes, components, and materials that have the greatest environmental impact.

We also use product carbon footprints (PCFs) to determine the greenhouse gas emissions of our products. In 2013, monitors, desktops and notebooks covered by this process made up 38% of our product revenues.

Research, development and design

We are creating the next generation of infrastructure to support a data-centric world.

Across the company, we conduct research and development on products and solutions—from ink cartridges to data centers—that require less energy, use more sustainable materials, and are easier to recycle than the previous generation of HP products.

We invest in innovation through HP Labs, our central research organization, and across our business groups. Our researchers collaborate across our businesses and build partnerships with leading universities, governments, and other companies worldwide. Environmental innovation across our portfolio begins with design. Most of the environmental impact of a product or solution is decided at this stage of development, so improving our products’ design is the best opportunity to improve our overall environmental performance. Learn more about our pioneering Design for the Environment program.

Materials and manufacturing

We collaborate with manufacturing partners and suppliers to understand, reduce, and report the environmental impact of materials extraction and product manufacturing.

We look to use fewer raw materials and more recycled materials wherever possible. For example, we are shifting to thinner and lighter laptops and other products. Our alternative materials program works to replace substances of concern in our products with viable substitutes.

Packaging and transport

We strive to develop more sustainable packaging options and make product transport choices that decrease fuel use and associated greenhouse gas emissions.

Our guidelines for packaging suppliers include environmental considerations, influencing their packaging designs. Through our General Specification for the Environment (GSE) we restrict substances of concern and require 100% of materials used in HP packaging to be recyclable. All packaging must also comply with our Environmentally Preferable Paper Policy

Product use, return and recycling

We make it easy for customers to reduce their environmental impact by improving the energy efficiency and resource consumption of our products and solutions. Examples are highlighted on our EcoSolutions page.

We also help customers return their old products. HP works with a global network of vendors in 70 countries and territories to collect, process for resale, and/or recycle product returns, as well as qualify recycled materials for use in new products. For more information, see our Product Return and Recycling page.

* According to internal HP engineering that compares HP Moonshot servers with traditional x86 server technology.