The global demand for energy is forecast to rise nearly 50% by 2035.1 As billions more people join the information economy, greater energy use will strain supplies, driving prices higher. This rise in energy consumption will also likely increase greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that contribute to climate change.
- Our goal for cutting the energy use and GHG emissions from our operations by 2013, compared with 2005
- Amount of electricity customers saved through 2010 using our high-volume HP desktop and notebook PC families, since 20083
- Demonstrated improvement in energy efficiency in our new facility in Wynyard, UK,4 compared with the industry average data center
All of this is changing the way customers think about technology. Consumers and business leaders alike name energy efficiency as a top priority when in the market for "green" technology. At the enterprise level, adoption of energy-efficient information technology (IT) is growing as a way to reduce costs and the corporate carbon footprint while also helping to boost productivity and gain a competitive edge. Many individuals and small businesses are taking steps to minimize the energy consumed by their PCs, printers, and other devices to save money and reduce their environmental impact. These trends are picking up steam, but HP sees a larger solution to the challenge of "greening with IT"—applying technology to fundamentally change how people live, businesses operate, and the world works to use less energy and, in turn, emit less carbon over time.
Technology offers a way to advance energy-efficient solutions, help secure economic growth, and lay the groundwork for a sustainable future. As the largest IT company in the world, HP has a central role to play in addressing the world's growing energy needs—and mitigating the associated GHG emissions2 that cause climate change.
We believe the fastest and easiest way to reduce environmental impact and save money is to help customers make the most of the energy they're using today. That starts with delivering the industry's leading energy-efficient portfolio, and HP is among the only companies with solutions for everyone from individuals to enterprises.
We're also creating solutions that help customers streamline redundant products and processes or displace inefficient practices, to save even more energy while achieving greater performance. And ultimately, to maximize energy efficiency, we're focusing on innovating solutions that help customers control consumption and dynamically match supply with demand while increasing productivity.
Energy and climate strategy
We are working within our own business and collaborating with other organizations to optimize energy use, and reduce associated GHG emissions and resource consumption in IT product manufacturing, transport, and use (see table below). Tremendous opportunities also exist beyond the information and communications technology industry, which is responsible for an estimated 2% of global GHG emissions. Our products and services can help reduce energy use and emissions throughout the global economy—the other 98%.
We help customers transform energy-intensive processes to become more:
- Efficient—doing more with less energy, as with our data centers, G7 servers, 87% efficient PC power supplies, and our HP LaserJet Pro P1100 Printer series
- Intelligent—providing information to improve management of processes and operations, such as the HP Advanced Metering Infrastructure solution for measuring water and electricity use and the CeNSE network of billions of nanoscale sensors, which provide real-time information on the physical environment to improve management of environmental, biological, and structural changes
- Sustainable—transforming or replacing inefficient processes to use fewer resources, such as using digital instead of analog printing and replacing business travel with virtual meetings using HP Visual Collaboration
Greenhouse gas emissions related to HP's business, 2010
Category (click on item for more detail)
|2010 emissions [tonnes CO2e] ||Level of influence*||Our actions ||Progress in 2010
||We manage our facilities and data centers with a goal to reduce energy consumption and purchase energy from renewable sources.
We invested more than $11 million USD in energy efficiency improvement projects to save an estimated 70 million kilowatt hours (kWh) a year.
Our Wynyard (UK) data center opened with an energy-efficiency rating 40% better than the industry average.
We purchased more than twice as much renewable energy as in 2009.
|HP employee business travel
||Our travel policies and HP Visual Collaboration decrease business travel.
We expanded the use of telepresence solutions to help reduce the need for business travel.
We evaluate the purpose of employee travel and discourage unnecessary travel, especially for internal purposes.
||We work with our first-tier suppliers to report and reduce their energy use.
91% of first-tier suppliers reported estimated emissions (in 2009, the most recent year data is available).
Aggregate estimated emissions in 2009 were roughly the same as 2007 despite being attributable to a higher proportion of and a 4% increase in absolute dollar spend.
||We optimize distribution networks and convert to lower-energy transport modes where appropriate. Improved packaging reduces waste and weight, saving shipping fuel and cutting GHG emissions.
Specific projects to improve transport efficiency reduced GHG emissions by 54,000 tonnes CO2e.
Switching transport of HP Visual Collaboration studios from air to ocean and optimizing shipping container size saved 880 tonnes CO2e per shipment.
||Roughly an order of magnitude more than emissions from product transport||Medium
||We design products, software and services that help customers to use less energy.||
We introduced the LaserJet Pro P1102, the most energy-efficient laser printer on the planet.***
The HP ProLiant DL360 G7, one of several HP servers that meet the ENERGY STAR® standard, can complete over 65 times more operations per watt than our 2005 models.****
|Product recycling (CO2e avoided)*****||225,000||Medium
||We offer customers a range of reuse and recycling services.||
Our recycling programs recovered approximately 121,000 tonnes (266 million pounds) of products, including 70 million print cartridges.
- * Refers to the level of influence HP has on this category of emissions.
- ** 2009 is the most recent year for which this data is available.
- *** Energy consumed based on competitive TEC (typical energy consumption) measurement results found at http://www.energystar.gov/, http://www.eu-energystar.org/ and manufacturers' published data sheets for single-function mono and color laser printers as of November 2010. Individual product configuration and usage will affect power consumption.
- **** Compared with an HP ProLiant G4 Server.
- ***** According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Waste Reduction Model (WARM) Tool, CO2e reductions from recycling are calculated per the following formula: 1.858 kg CO2e/kg recovered electronic waste.
- 1 http://www.eia.doe.gov/oiaf/ieo/index.html.
- 2 Throughout this report, “greenhouse gas” or “GHG” refers to all greenhouse gases emitted by human activities, and “CO2e” refers to “carbon dioxide equivalent,” the unit used to measure greenhouse gases. CO2 is the main, but not the only, man-made greenhouse gas.
- 3 Energy savings calculated by comparing average 2008 HP product ENERGY STAR® TEC (typical energy consumption) value with average 2010 HP product ENERGY STAR TEC value multiplied over 2008 volume.
- 4 Wynyard achieves a power usage effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.2, 40% better than the industry average (1.0 is the best possible rating). PUE is the accepted measure of data center energy efficiency.
- 5 The World Resources Institute (WRI) defines Scope 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas emissions in its Greenhouse Gas Protocol.