About environmental sustainability

With more than seven billion people seeking greater prosperity worldwide, balancing economic growth with environmental sustainability calls for innovation and leadership. HP is responding to this challenge by improving the efficiency of our products and solutions, supply chain, and operations. By combining the expertise of our people, our innovative technology portfolio, and collaborative partnerships, we are working to create solutions that reduce environmental impact and expand opportunities.

We are working with our customers, suppliers, and other stakeholders to develop and share solutions that streamline and replace resource-intensive processes. We will move our business forward by reducing HP’s own environmental footprint while helping people prosper and companies thrive.

Our approach has three pillars, as shown in this diagram:

Products and solutions

Our products and solutions help people achieve more with fewer resources and less waste. This enhances how our customers live and work while helping them reduce their environmental impact. We strive to improve the environmental performance of products and solutions across our portfolio—from single-user personal computing devices and printers to enterprise servers, storage equipment, and data centers. Over a five-year period, HP reduced energy consumption of our product portfolio by 50% on average.

We also offer a wide range of services and solutions that help customers improve their environmental performance. Customers can use our free online Carbon Footprint Calculator to compare products and identify steps to reduce the environmental impact and cost of computing and printing. Our free Power Advisor tool does a similar job for customers who use HP servers.

From end users to entire organizations, enterprises can get what they need from HP to improve environmental performance and meet their business goals. Customers also rely on HP solutions and expertise for insight into how their IT systems and even their entire enterprise can perform better while using fewer resources. With HP, enterprises can reengineer processes and transform their businesses to create faster, more cost-effective, and sustainable ways to work and serve their customers.

Learn more in Products and solutions.

Hilde Allman
HP employee since 1983
As an HP Imaging and Printing Technology Consultant based in Mississauga, Canada, Hilde Allman works with customers to help them make choices about HP products. Through the Eco Advocates program, she also helps them identify ways to improve their environmental performance.
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Supply chain

We look beyond the use of our products to also measure and improve environmental performance with partners throughout our supply chain and the IT industry as a whole, from sourcing, manufacturing, and shipping all the way through to return and recycling. Working with suppliers and other companies, we also continue to improve our return and recycling programs to expand availability, reduce waste, and capture value from used technology products.

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We’re improving the performance of our operations by deploying many of our most promising technologies to reduce our own footprint and drive sustainable growth. Managing our global operations responsibly is a cornerstone of our commitment to environmental sustainability, and it strengthens our business. We work to reduce our consumption of energy, water, paper, and other resources and to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through new programs and technologies as well as sustainable facility design.

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Energy and climate

HP believes it is in the interest of society and business to limit global temperature increase by the end of this century to avoid the most severe environmental, social, and economic impacts of climate change. Governments, businesses, and other organizations must meet the challenges of climate change with ingenuity and through the power of information technology. See HP’s Climate Change Policy.

During 2012 we completed a comprehensive carbon footprint analysis to better understand the impact of our company and our products. HP is among the first companies globally to publish this level of information. This builds on years of leadership in this area. For example, in 2008 HP became the first major IT company to measure and publish aggregated supply chain GHG emissions.

Our carbon footprint2

Supply chain
and solutions
Total emissions
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Supply chain GHG emissions
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extraction through
Emissions associated with all levels of our supply chain from materials extraction through the manufacture of HP products.

In addition to our work with suppliers, HP’s Design for Environment program considers environmental impact in the design of every product and solution, from the smallest print cartridge to entire data centers.
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Capital goods

Emissions associated with capital goods, from raw materials extraction through manufacturing and building construction.

HP practices sustainable building design to decrease these impacts. For example, two HP facilities received LEED® certification in 2012, and four more are due to be certified in 2013.
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energy production
Upstream emissions of purchased energy, from raw material extraction up to the point of combustion, as well as transportation and distribution losses in the grid.

Emissions from upstream and downstream product transportation and distribution, including retail and storage.

To reduce impacts, we work to maximize the efficiency of our supply chain network, shift to less energy-intensive modes of transport, and influence our logistics service providers.
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Greenhouse gas emissions in this phase are primarily due to materials use and manufacturing. Through innovative design, we work to decrease materials volume and impacts. We collaborate with suppliers to improve their environmental performance – resulting in a 24% decrease in production supplier GHG emissions intensity over four years.*
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* Refers to first-tier suppliers for manufacturing, materials, and components. The majority of these companies report on a
   calendar year basis. 2011 is the most recent year data is available.

Our analysis followed the guidelines of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol developed by the World Resources Institute and the World Business Council on Sustainable Development. Ernst & Young has assured the results and we detail our methodology and assumptions in our carbon accounting manual. The results will inform our climate change strategy moving forward.

Aron Cramer
President & CEO,
Business for Social Responsability
Aron describes his views on sustainability and how HP has built it into technology solutions that reduce energy usage and waste for our customers.
For complete information regarding HP’s approach to environmental sustainability, please download our 2012 Global Citizenship Report. To view data and goals from across our global citizenship efforts, visit the data and goals dashboard.

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.

2 Emissions from Facilities and Transportation fleet (Scope 1 and Scope 2) are from 2012. Emissions in the other categories included in this graphic (Scope 3) are from 2011. To calculate Scope 1, Scope 2, and Scope 3 emissions, HP has followed the principles outlined in the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. Ernst & Young has assured HP’s global Scope 1, 2, and 3 GHG emissions for the years noted. Additional details on calculations and methodology can be found in HP’s ‘Carbon Accounting Explanations’ document