About environmental sustainability

With a growing global population seeking greater prosperity against a backdrop of finite natural resources, “business as usual” is no longer an option for our world. Balancing economic growth with environmental sustainability is a critical challenge and opportunity for business and society.

We make the environment stronger as we grow by improving the efficiency of our supply chain, operations, and products and solutions. We also make community investments that address pressing sustainability challenges.

In 2014, we became the first global IT company to set greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals for our entire value chain: suppliers, operations, and products and solutions. Our environmental progress reflects concerted strategies and actions across these areas.

Decreasing the footprint of computing and printing advances our business. It also supports our customers' environmental goals. In 2014, we set a goal to reduce the GHG emissions intensity of our product portfolio1 by 40% by 2020 compared to 2010 levels.2

Customer use of our products and solutions accounts for 55% of our carbon footprint and 70% of our water footprint. We assess the carbon footprint and other impacts of all our products and solutions and then work to improve environmental performance across each stage of a product’s life. We use life cycle assessments and inspiration from the circular economy model to inform product design, and continually develop innovations that improve energy efficiency and reduce materials use.

For example, our HP OfficeJet Pro X is the world’s most energy efficient printer in its class3. We also offer customers efficient and innovative product-as-a-service offerings. These include HP Managed Print Services which deliver energy usage reductions of 20–40%4 for customers and cuts paper waste by 25% or more.

We also reduce environmental impacts at product end of life. Working with suppliers and recyclers, HP operates comprehensive product return and recycling programs in 73 countries.

Our supply chain, made up of tens of thousands of companies worldwide, is also a major contributor to our environmental impact, including 40% of our carbon footprint. We work closely with suppliers to better understand, report, and improve their environmental performance.

Our main focus is on tackling GHG emissions due to raw materials use, manufacturing, and product transport. In 2014, we further expanded our supplier Energy Efficiency Program in China and Southeast Asia to include 70 new HP vendor sites. We collaborate with leading nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) such as the WWF China and World Resources Institute in disseminating best practices. Since materials use is a key contributor to supplier GHG emissions, innovative, less materials-intensive product design is another essential part of our approach.

Since 2010, we have helped suppliers prevent nearly 600,000 tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) of GHG emissions, equaling 30% of our 2 million tonne target by 2020. We also help suppliers build their capabilities to use less water and decrease waste.

Learn more in Supply chain environmental impact.

Environmental impacts from our global operations are much smaller than those from our supply chain or product use. Nonetheless, we look for every opportunity to reduce the footprint of our offices, data centers, manufacturing sites and other facilities.

The main environmental impacts from our operations are GHG emissions associated with energy consumption, and the use of water and other natural resources. We reduce our climate impact through energy efficiency, including use of innovative HP technology and consolidation in our data centers. Smart building design, lower impact business travel, and clean energy are other focus areas. In 2014, we increased our installed capacity for renewable energy at our sites by 150%.

We also strive to produce less waste and use less water. In water-stressed regions, innovations such as leak detection systems and low-impact landscaping helped reduce our facilities’ water consumption by 3.2% compared to 2013.

Read more on our carbon and water footprint updated annually.

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

2Expressed 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.

3Based on Typical Electricity Consumption as reported by ENERGY STAR for all color printers of print speed from 30 to 75 ppm. For more information, see https://data.energystar.gov.

4Based on customer-reported values. Actual savings depends on usage and other factors and may vary.