Effectively addressing energy use and climate change requires collaboration across many organizations, due to the breadth and complexity of these issues.

Working with governments, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and other technology companies, HP advocates action on energy and climate policies to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions throughout the global economy.

We also work with experts to improve our own performance and to develop industry standards. In 2010, we established the HP Executive Environmental Advisory Council, which consists of 12 prominent business, academic, and NGO thought leaders. It is chartered to review, assess, and help shape HP's strategy and action on the many aspects of environmental sustainability.

See more detail on our work in this area with World Wildlife Fund and others in Stakeholder engagement.

Public policy work

HP believes governments and businesses must meet the challenges of climate change with ingenuity, including collaboration on frameworks that leverage information technology (IT) to make GHG emissions reduction targets achievable and economically feasible.

We participated in COP16, the United Nations climate change conference in Cancun in 2010, demonstrating our support for international action to minimize the risks of serious environmental, economic, and social impact. The Mexican government, which hosted COP16, chose HP energy-efficient solutions for the conference's IT needs.

We support government efforts to reduce GHG emissions and regulations that foster innovation in this area, such as the California Global Warming Solutions Act. (See Public policy.)

HP also continues to work with customers, governments, NGOs, and investors to tackle climate change. We help develop white papers that explore ways to use technology to drive the low-carbon economy, and we address climate change and other environmental issues through engagement in regional and global organizations such as The Climate Group , Combat Climate Change , The International Climate Change Partnership , the Pew Center on Global Climate Change , and World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Industry collaboration

We also work closely with other IT companies in industry and other organizations to advance energy efficiency and climate protection. Examples include the following:

Energy efficiency

  • Green Grid Association , a nonprofit global consortium focused on improving data center energy efficiency. HP is a founding board member and worked on a joint taskforce with U.S. government agencies and others to develop recommendations for measuring and reporting data center efficiency
  • Climate Savers Computing Initiative  (CSCI),which brings together businesses, consumers, and conservation organizations striving to produce more energy-efficient PCs and servers. HP is a board member.

External standards

  • EPEAT®, which sets product environmental standards for IT equipment. HP participated in developing the standard that is the basis for the Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) for desktop computers, notebooks, and monitors. We have also participated in the development of EPEAT standards for printers, to be launched in 2011. HP is a member of the EPEAT Board of Advisors, a 12-member, multistakeholder advisory board to the EPEAT program administrators.
  • International Organization for Standardization (ISO), which develops international standards including several for environmental performance. HP is working on technical committees developing both product and print media carbon footprint standards, which will provide a common approach to measuring climate change impacts.
  • World Resources Institute (WRI) and World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). HP contributed to the GHG reporting protocol for supply chain emissions.


  • Digital Print Deinking Alliance (DPDA), through which manufacturers of inkjet digital production printers jointly fund research on inkjet print compatibility with deinking and paper recycling processes. The DPDA published the first in a series of research studies in 2010 testing deinkability in a typical European mixed-grade waste paper recycling system.
  • Sustainable Green Printing Partnership, a nonprofit organization that works to make the print and graphic communications industry in North America more sustainable, and which offers a sustainability certification program to print service providers.

Life cycle assessment

  • MIT is leading a consortium of industry, academic, governmental, and nongovernmental organizations to develop a credible, transparent, and open methodology for estimating the carbon footprint of IT products. HP has contributed to the development of the first methodology, which is for notebooks. We continue to contribute to the ongoing second phase of the initiative, which focuses on desktops, monitors, and televisions. See Life cycle assessment.
  • The Sustainability Consortium, an organization jointly administered by the University of Arizona and University of Arkansas, comprises diverse global participants who work collaboratively to build a scientific foundation that drives innovation to improve consumer product sustainability through all stages of a product's life cycle. HP is former board member and currently an active participant in the electronics sector working group.
  • The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is developing a carbon footprint standard, and HP has been a contributor.
  • As a member of the U.S. technical advisory group to ISO/IEC JTC1 SC28, HP is contributing to the development of ISO/IEC 29142-3, an international standard to provide definitions and guidance for use in the development of print cartridge green procurement criteria, environmental standards, and environmental labels. This standard is expected to be published in 2012.

HP belongs to industry associations in our major product and geographic markets. HP's positions on public policy issues, including those related to environmental sustainability, are often communicated through these organizations. Learn more.