About environmental sustainability

With more than 7 billion people seeking greater prosperity worldwide, balancing economic growth with environmental sustainability calls for innovation and leadership. We are rising to this challenge by improving the efficiency of our products and solutions, supply chain, and operations.

We combine the expertise of our people, our innovative technology, and collaborative partnerships to create solutions that reduce environmental impact and expand opportunities. Minimizing our environmental footprint across our value chain moves our business forward while helping people prosper and companies thrive.

Products and solutions

Customer use of the products and solutions we sell accounts for 60% of our carbon footprint and 83% of our water footprint. This represents a major opportunity to improve our own environmental performance and help our customers improve theirs.

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 assessment and R&D tools to inform product design, and look to improve energy efficiency and reduce the raw materials we use.

Our efforts also help our customers to operate their IT systems more effectively, supporting both business and environmental goals. For example, our groundbreaking ProLiant Gen8 and Moonshot servers shrink the environmental footprint of large-scale computing by providing more processing power using less energy and space. Our HP Smart Meter Managed Service supports customers around the world in improving energy management while reducing related GHG emissions.

Working with suppliers and recyclers, we also operate comprehensive product return and recycling programs, available in 70 countries.

Our supply chain, made up of tens of thousands of companies worldwide, is also a major contributor to our environmental impact.

We work closely with suppliers to better understand and improve their environmental performance - from how they source raw materials to the way our products are manufactured and shipped. In 2013, we were the first major IT company to set a supply chain greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goal. In our 2013 Living Progress Report we also disclose data for the first time on supply chain waste generation.

The environmental impacts from our global operations are much smaller than those from our supply chain and products. Nevertheless, we look for every opportunity to use our technologies and innovative initiatives to reduce our facilities’ footprint and drive sustainable growth.

We focus on reducing the amount of energy, water, and other natural resources our sites consume, improving environmental performance and saving money, through energy efficiency measures, smart building design, and renewable energy installations.

In 2013, for example, we installed two ‘EcoPODs’ (HP Pod 240a units) at our data center in Austin, Texas, United States, which use 95% less energy while increasing data capacity. Water conservation projects also helped reduce our global consumption by 10% compared to 2012.

Read more on our carbon and water footprint.

1The average energy consumption of HP products was estimated annually between 2005 and 2010 using high-volume product lines representative of the overall shipped product volume. The high-volume product lines include notebook and desktop computers, inkjet and LaserJet products, and industry-standard servers.