We aim to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from business travel, including commercial flights and the use of the HP air fleet and company cars. We do so by helping employees choose low-carbon forms of transport (such as rail travel instead of air), make transportation more efficient (for example by selecting smaller rental cars), or avoid travel altogether (see below). When employees book travel, we provide them with information about the emissions associated with their journey so that when multiple options are available, they can choose the one with the least environmental impact.

In some instances, air travel is unavoidable. In 2010, our employees traveled more than 1.7 billion miles by air, generating approximately 318,000 tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions. This represents a 49% increase in emissions compared with 2009 and a return to the levels generated in 2008. This can be attributed to more favorable business conditions compared with the previous year.

Our sales and services employees travel locally by company car. HP employee travel using the HP auto fleet generated GHG emissions of around 132,300 tonnes of CO2e in 2010. To reduce emissions, we are working to eliminate high fuel consumption vehicles from our fleet.

Finding an alternative to travel is the best way to reduce GHG emissions and costs. HP Visual Collaboration allows us—and our customers—to have frequent, meaningful collaborations without travel. With real-time video conferencing, employees can walk down the hall for a face-to-face meeting that used to take them across continents.

See detailed travel data in the data dashboard.

Employee commuting

Although GHG emissions from employee commuting are not directly within HP's control, we offer programs designed to reduce them.

Many HP employees have the option of working outside the traditional office—at home, at customer facilities, or at shared offices where people are free to use any available desk—and often divide their work time between these locations. Allowing employees to choose where they work reduces commutes to the office and can improve efficiency and work-life balance.

In 2010, HP's facilities in Houston, Texas, won a Clean Air Action Leadership Award for the best regional telework program. The award recognizes our commitment to promote flexible and remote working, with the aim of reducing emissions from commuting. To be nominated, companies had to demonstrate that they actively promote telework, have an on-site champion who manages the program, estimate the emissions reduction associated with teleworking, and report a significant increase in the number of program participants. When employees do come to the office, we encourage them to minimize single-occupancy automobile trips by carpooling, compress their working week into fewer days, and commute by bicycle. Carpoolers can often park in designated parking spots, while most sites with bicycle commuters offer showers, bike lockers, and storage. In the United States, HP employees can purchase public transit and vanpool services through a payroll deduction with tax benefits. The program also offers an online system that makes ordering transit passes quicker and easier.