Tens of millions of HP products are used each day around the world. Collectively, they represent our company’s greatest environmental impact, from the materials they use and how they are manufactured to the energy they consume and how they are disposed of. At HP, we continually challenge ourselves to reduce those impacts while continuing to innovative market-leading products that help simplify and improve how people work and live.
We established our Design for Environment (DfE) program in 1992, and it remains central to our business strategy today. Our approach to DfE encompasses the entire product life cycle. By integrating the environment into our thinking every step of the way, we are able to respond to increasing preferences from customers for information technology products and packaging that use materials with a lower environmental impact, conserve energy and are easy to recycle. This approach is reflected in our DfE priorities, which are product energy efficiency, materials innovation and design for recyclability.
HP’s Environmental Strategies Council coordinates the implementation of our DfE strategy. This group includes representatives from each global business unit and sales region as well as from our supply chain, operations and other corporate functions. Our global network of environmental product stewards works with design and development teams to incorporate environmental innovations into our products and measure performance.
In 2007, our DfE efforts yielded numerous advances, including:
- Introducing products such as the HP rp5700 Business Desktop PC (see case study) and the HP Compaq 2710p notebook PC with energy-saving features and materials innovations
- Increasing by two-thirds the amount of recycled plastic used in our original HP inkjet cartridges
- Using light emitting diodes in place of mercury lamps in some notebook PC displays
- Eliminating polyvinyl chloride (PVC) from all HP packaging.
In addition, HP offers over a thousand PCs, notebooks, monitors, and printing and imaging products that meet key eco-label programs. These include Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT™), ENERGY STAR®, Germany’s Blue Angel, TCO (Sweden), China’s Energy Conservation Program, Japan’s Green Mark and Korea’s Ecolabel.
We design HP products to be more easily recycled, using common fasteners and snap-in features and avoiding the use of glues, adhesives and welds where feasible. This makes it easier to dismantle products and to separate and identify different plastics.
The materials we choose can also enhance recyclability. For example, in 2007 we introduced several notebook PC models with LED technology, eliminating mercury fluorescent tubes and making the display screens easier to manage at end-of-life.
Overall, HP notebook PC products are now more than 90 percent recyclable or recoverable by weight.1
Our printing and imaging products are typically 70 percent to 85 percent recyclable or recoverable by weight. And as of 2007, we require all materials used in our packaging to be recyclable.
Our use of recycled materials is also on the rise. HP used more than 5 million pounds (2,300 tonnes) of recycled plastic in its original HP inkjet cartridges in 2007, and the company is committed to using twice as much in 2008.
|Reducing environmental impacts across the product life cycle
- Conformance to DfE standards allows products to meet regulatory requirements
- Eco-labels demonstrate conformance with international environmental expectations and green procurement criteria
- DfE increases materials and energy efficiency
- Recycled content is used, where feasible
- Design for Recyclability (DfR) features facilitate disassembly and recycling
- Materials reduction and use of recycled materials decrease virgin materials use
- Reduction in the number of different material types used in a single product potentially adds value at end-of-life
- Reduction in product size uses fewer resources
- Recycled materials are used in some new products
- Restricted substances are reduced or eliminated
- Supplier Code of Conduct helps suppliers address key HP environmental requirements including General Specification for the Environment (GSE)
- DfR features typically enable easier product assembly
- Efficient operations reduce emissions and waste from our operations
- Global ISO 14001 certification helps in establishing effective environmental management processes
- Smaller, lighter products decrease greenhouse gas emissions and transportation impacts and costs
- Improved packaging designs increase the number of products per pallet, reducing product transport environmental burden
- Transportation by sea allows for more efficient shipments with lower environmental impact
- HP participates in several organizations that promote industrywide reduction in environmental impacts from product transport
- Efficient product design, longer battery life and enhanced power management decrease energy consumption and reduce climate impact
- Multi-function products reduce energy and materials use
- Environmental product features reduce total cost of ownership
- Server center optimization reduces system energy use
- HP printing products are efficient and reliable, reducing paper waste and cartridge use
- Products designed for reliability and upgradeability extend functional lifetime, saving IT rollover costs and reducing waste
- HP offers a variety of take-back options, including asset recovery, donation, leasing, remarketing/refurbishment, trade-in and recycling
- Materials selection and identification increase value at end-of-life and facilitate recycling
- Design features increase ease of disassembly, recycling and material reuse
Another important consideration influencing our approach to product innovation is accessibility. We believe everyone should be able to access information technology regardless of disabilities or age-related limitations. We integrate accessibility into our design process to improve the user experience and to ensure the broadest usability of HP products and services.
1 Per the definition used in the European Union WEEE regulations.