Products and solutions

Information technology (IT) has redefined how we live and work through the Internet, big data, cloud computing, mobile personal devices, and digital printing.


As the use of IT continues to grow, so does the volume of data, the requirements placed on technology infrastructure, and the environmental impacts. Unless transformative technologies are introduced, the exponential growth in data will increase the GHG emissions associated with IT—projected to grow from 1.9% of global emissions in 2011 to 2.3% in 20203.


Our products and IT solutions for the New Style of Business help customers manage this explosion of data. 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.

Research, development and design


We create revolutionary technologies to address the most complex challenges and important opportunities facing our customers and society in the next decade and beyond. 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.


The environmental impact of a product or solution is largely determined before it is built, packaged, and shipped—at the design stage. Product design is therefore by far the single greatest lever we can use to improve our overall environmental performance.


We embed sustainability in our research agenda—through HP Labs, our central research organization, and across our business groups. Learn more about our pioneering Design for the Environment program.

Life cycle assessment


We use life cycle assessment (LCA) to understand the environmental characteristics and impacts of our products and solutions – from the raw materials we use to the reuse, recycling, or disposal of old devices. As of 2014, we have completed LCAs for products representing 97% of our printing portfolio revenues and 29% of our overall product revenues for 2014.4


We also use product carbon footprints (PCFs) to determine the greenhouse gas emissions of our products. In 2014, products covered by PCF analysis methods made up 96% of our personal systems revenues and 43% of our overall product revenues.4


We use insights from these tools to prioritize areas for improvement to products and across our supply chain, to compare the impacts of different product types and components, and to inform future design.

Energy efficiency


We continue to develop innovations that spur energy efficiency, as decreasing the footprint of computing and printing is pivotal to Living Progress and supports the environmental goals of our customers.


For example, our HP Apollo 8000 computing system has a water cooling system that is 1,000 times more energy efficient than traditional air cooling systems. HP Managed Print Services, one of our innovative product-as-a-service offerings, typically delivers reductions in energy usage of 20–40%5 as well as decreases in paper waste of 25% or more. We are looking to the future by exploring the possibilities of 3D printing and The Machine, a project that will reinvent the fundamental architecture of computers to produce order of magnitude improvements in performance and efficiency.

Materials


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


We seek to use less material, evaluate and replace substances of concern with viable alternatives, and increase the percentage of recycled content and recyclable materials whenever possible. This approach enables us to reduce our environmental footprint and any potential for human health impacts, while also meeting customer requirements for weight, durability, reliability, and cost.

Packaging and transport


We aim to have our industry’s most efficient and sustainable packaging designs. We continually innovate to use less material, optimize shipping densities, and utilize recycled and recyclable materials. This reduces the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and raw materials use associated with packaging and the transport of our products.


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 our 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 in our EcoSolutions portfolio.


We also help customers return their old products. HP works with a global network of vendors in 73 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.

1 Emissions intensity of our product portfolio refers to tonnes CO2e/net revenue arising from use of our high-volume product lines, including notebooks, tablets, desktops, mobile computing devices, and workstations; inkjet and LaserJet printers; and all HP servers, including industry-standard servers, HP Moonshot, and HP Apollo.

2 Expressed as emissions generated per unit of output. For printers and personal systems, each product constitutes a unit of output. For servers, each unit of output equals a task performed by the system, as defined by industry standards.

3 According to GeSI SMARTer 2020: The Role of ICT in Driving a Sustainable Future, pages 11, 18.

4 Percentages are in terms of HP product revenue for Printing and Personal Systems Group and Enterprise Group, excluding Technology Services. The segments included accounted for approximately $77 billion in revenue in fiscal year 2014.

5Based on customer-reported values.