HP's commitment to environmental sustainability and energy efficiency spans our entire business—from how we design our products, empower our customers, and manage our supply chain to how we run our operations, develop partnerships, and engage in public policy.

–Engelina Jaspers, vice president, Environmental Sustainability

Highlights in 2010

Amount of electricity customers saved through 2010 using our high-volume HP desktop and notebook PC families, since 20081
Number of HP ink cartridges containing post-consumer recycled plastic2 (800 million of which were manufactured with recycled plastic from the HP "closed loop" process, which uses plastic from returned cartridges to make new ones)
Amount of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions from our operations, 9% less than 2009
Volume of electronic products and supplies recovered and either reused (electronic products) or recycled (electronic products and supplies) by HP since 1987

The global population is projected to grow by more than 2 billion over the next few decades, reaching 9.3 billion by 2050.3 Most of this growth will be concentrated in urban areas, which are projected to gain 2.8 billion residents, growing from 3.5 billion in 2010 to 6.3 billion 2050.4 Rapid population growth is being accompanied by significant economic expansion and an increase in the global standard of living. More than 70 million people around the globe join the middle class each year.5

The convergence of these and other powerful forces are expected to drive up demand for energy by almost 50% by 2035.6 It will also put intensifying pressure on other vital resources, such as water and raw materials, that has far-reaching implications on the environment.

To meet these challenges, it's clear that we need new ways of living and working. While we must be as efficient as possible with our resources today, we need to create sustainable solutions to meet the world's growing needs for tomorrow.

As the world's largest information technology (IT) company, we see unprecedented opportunities to apply the full weight of our size and scope, portfolio, best practices, and partnerships to drive gains in environmental sustainability—and turn those advances into solutions for everyone—from individuals to enterprises.

HP innovates at virtually every touchpoint of information—from the moment it's created and used to how it's shared, managed and stored. By applying technology in innovative ways to harness the power of information, we help customers optimize their use of energy and other resources; build intelligent infrastructure to make faster, better decisions; and replace outmoded systems with more productive and sustainable alternatives.

Even as we work to improve the environmental performance of our portfolio and operations, HP is taking the lead on a much bigger opportunity. Through the power of information, we are helping our customers better set priorities and weigh options; track and improve performance in real time; and apply IT in new, productive, and efficient ways.

HP environmental strategy

Our environmental strategy focuses on the ways we help customers improve their environmental performance. It has three dimensions: applying IT to optimize resource use, building intelligent infrastructure that enables more efficient management of complex systems (such as data centers, buildings, transportation networks, or utility grids), and helping businesses and individuals replace outmoded systems with more productive, sustainable alternatives.

Optimizing resources

HP is committed to applying IT to reduce waste and increase the efficiency of products, processes, and systems, beginning with our own operations.

For example, using innovative design and HP equipment, our data center in Wynyard, UK, is 40% more energy efficient than the industry average, while saving up to $4 million USD a year.

Also, HP's innovative "closed loop" ink cartridge recycling process—the first of its kind—conserves resources and reduces waste. The process combines recycled HP ink cartridge material with other material, such as recycled water bottles to create new Original HP ink cartridges.

Through leading-edge product design, we help customers save energy and conserve resources. From life cycle assessment to identifying key product impacts and improvement opportunities, we strive to enhance environmental performance from materials selection through product manufacturing, transport and use, and finally end-of-life.

Building intelligent infrastructure

HP helps customers embed IT to better measure and monitor performance and make more informed decisions. Providing relevant information in real time, HP can help customers better set priorities and weigh options, encourage behavioral shifts, decrease environmental impact, and save money.

For instance, Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) uses the HP Advanced Metering Infrastructure solution to monitor water consumption in real time. The HP-designed software and metering solution automatically extracts data from the field every five minutes, allowing DWSD to quickly identify and address problems in the system, analyze and forecast usage trends, and give customers a better picture of their water use. DWSD reported that its productivity has improved by 15%, and providing customers instant access to consumption and pricing data has encouraged conservation.

HP's Central Nervous System for the Earth (CeNSE) will further advance the way information is gathered, communicated, and analyzed. CeNSE's precise sensors are capable of measuring phenomena, such as light, temperature, and vibration with tremendous sensitivity. The data collected by these sensors are transmitted over extremely fast networks to be stored and processed by powerful HP computing systems, enabling analysis and action in real time.

We are working with Shell to put CeNSE into application, by developing a wireless sensing system to collect and store extremely high-resolution seismic data that are expected to help the oil company accurately assess exploration prospects, more effectively monitor producing reservoirs, save energy and resources by increasing the oil extracted from each well, and reduce environmental impact from having to drill as many exploratory wells. The companies recently announced a new onshore wireless seismic acquisition system designed to provide a clearer understanding of the earth's subsurface, thus increasing prospects for discovering greater quantities of oil and gas to meet the world's growing energy needs.

Driving sustainable transformation

HP is helping our customers transform IT to shift to more productive and sustainable ways of living and working. We provide solutions that can replace energy- and resource-intensive systems and processes with low-carbon alternatives that can help reduce energy use and GHG emissions, and decrease the use of raw materials, while saving money and increasing productivity.

For example, HP digital press technology can save energy and decrease waste by enabling the publishing industry to print what is needed, when it is needed. See Enabling a low-carbon economy for detail. HP Visual Collaboration, a suite of video conferencing tools and end-to-end managed services, offers the advantages of face-to-face meetings without the environmental impact of business travel.

  1. 1 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.
  2. 2 As of September 2010. Many Original HP ink cartridges with recycled content include at least 50% recycled plastic by weight. Exact percentage of recycled plastic varies by model over time, based on the availability of the material.
  3. 3 Total Midyear Population for the World: 1950-2050. U.S. Census Bureau, International Data Base, www.census.gov/ipc/www/idb/worldpop.php. Accessed Feb 4, 2011.
  4. 4 2009 Revision of World Urbanization Prospects, United Nations, http://esa.un.org/unpd/wup/Documents/WUP2009_Press-Release_Final_Rev1.pdf.
  5. 5 The Expanding Middle: The Exploding World Middle Class and Falling Global Inequality. Goldman Sachs, 2008.
  6. 6 International Energy Outlook 2010, U.S. Energy Information Administration.