Energy sustains the global economy and powers most aspects of modern life. Yet many factors are driving energy use to new levels. The world's population is projected to top 9 billion by 2050.1 Housing, manufacturing, transportation, and other needs are all expected to increase accordingly. Billions of new users will gain access to technology, swelling the ranks of the information economy.

Rising energy use is sure to strain supplies, drive prices higher, and increase greenhouse gas emissions, raising urgent economic and environmental challenges. We all have a stake in addressing these challenges. By unlocking the full potential of energy, we can unleash innovation, ignite economic growth, and lay the groundwork for a sustainable future. HP is using technology to help build a path forward.

With our considerable scale and portfolio, HP offers solutions to help everyone—from individuals to enterprises—boost productivity, lower costs, cut power consumption, and reduce environmental impact. From data centers designed for significantly increased energy efficiency to streamlined printing and imaging environments, HP is working to improve the overall sustainability of its own operations and that of its customers, and lead the information technology (IT) industry with energy-efficient innovation.

Choose energy-efficient technology

Energy is affecting the way people choose and apply technology, making energy efficiency a priority. Individuals and small businesses are taking steps to reduce the energy consumed by their PCs, printers, and other devices to save money and reduce environmental impact. At the enterprise level, widespread adoption of energy-efficient IT can reduce costs, shrink the corporate environmental footprint, and provide a competitive edge.

Simply by choosing energy-efficient technology from HP—and enabling power settings—customers are cutting consumption approximately in half compared with our products introduced as recently as 2005. HP PCs, printers, servers, and other solutions that meet stringent ENERGY STAR® guidelines can save customers up to half the energy used by nonqualified products. For example, if all laser printers sold in 2005 were replaced by the ENERGY STAR qualified HP LaserJet CP1215, customers would save nearly $80 million USD in energy costs in the first year alone.2

Even a simple change in behavior can help save energy. Computers are frequently left on overnight and over weekends, wasting electricity. With HP Power Assistant, users can set their PC or notebook to automatically switch to a low-power state after a defined amount of idle time or according to a preset schedule.

Small changes have resulted in substantial progress, with the design innovations in our best-selling notebooks, PCs, and workstations. Thanks to these improvements, we have saved customers 1.4 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity through 2010.3

Yet such improvements can only take us so far. The long-term solution must include applying technology in new ways to fundamentally change how we use energy altogether.

Consolidate technology and increase efficiency

By shifting to HP products and solutions that streamline redundant systems or replace inefficient practices, customers can save even more energy while improving performance.

Enterprises often don't take full advantage of their printers' capacities—the typical ratio of users to devices is 3:1. Because networked HP printers can handle many more users, customers can retire redundant devices in favor of fewer energy-efficient HP LaserJet printers and multifunction products.

Disney seeks the best solutions to help deliver on its environmental promise and worked with HP to develop its Document Output Management Program using HP Managed Print Services. Disney reduced the number of printing devices by 59%. As a result, Disney reported that its energy consumption for printing dropped by 18%, and it avoided an estimated 185 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions over three years.

What's more, HP gives customers the power to move beyond energy efficiency to energy innovation, replacing inefficient practices with entirely new, more sustainable solutions. Global business travel can generate a big bill, both for companies and the environment. In addition to the time and expense of a typical trip, a round-trip flight between San Francisco and Singapore generates about 3.3 tonnes of CO2e emissions per passenger.

But with HP Visual Collaboration, employees can walk down the hall to meet with colleagues around the world. Featuring immersive, real-time video conferencing, HP Visual Collaboration offers virtually all the benefits of meeting face to face with a fraction of the energy use and carbon emissions. In a 36-month period, HP Visual Collaboration Studios have allowed HP and its customers to save almost 175,000 tonnes of CO2e emissions that would have been generated had the meetings taken place in person. That's equivalent to removing nearly 33,500 vehicles from the road for an entire year.4

Help control energy use with intelligent solutions

Technology that measures and manages energy use in real time is critical to unlocking energy's full potential. Imagine a data center so intelligent that it seems to monitor itself.

HP Data Center Smart Grid technology collects and communicates thousands of measurements across data center IT systems and facilities, all from an energy-information perspective.

With interconnected sensors that detect when power is being wasted, HP Data Center Smart Grid allows IT managers to make adjustments in real time. Businesses can quickly measure and control energy use across an entire data center, so they can more efficiently use power, reduce expenses, and shrink their environmental footprint.

Move forward

One of the fastest and easiest ways to reduce environmental impact and save money is to make the most of the energy we're using today.With innovative, energy-efficient IT products and solutions, HP is helping to improve how people live, businesses operate, and the world works.

  1. 1   http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/longrange2/WorldPop2300final.pdf
  2. 2 We’ve compared the energy consumption of comparable HP products in 2005 with our latest models for each category of products. Estimations of the energy consumption of 2005 products were done by using worldwide IDC shipped volumes, HP products, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® program
    http://www.energystar.gov/) product averages, and the typical energy consumption (TEC) method. The energy costs are based on U.S. Department of Energy data (  http://www.eia.doe.gov/), and actual results may vary. We used the following products for this analysis: HP Deskjet 3050, HP LaserJet CP1215, HPLaserJet CP1025, HP Compaq 8200 Elite, HP Compaq 2310, HP Compaq 8000f Elite, HP Compaq LE19 monitor, HP Storage EVA, HP ProBook 6550b, HP G60t Series Notebook, HP TouchSmart610 PC, HP ProLiant DL380 G4 and G6 servers, and the HP ProLiant DL360 G7 server.
  3. 3 Relative to 2008.
  4. 4 For air travel avoidance, an average of 1,609 miles each way per round trip (average of short, medium, and long-haul flights at HP), and a CO2 footprint per mile of 199g CO2e (  http://www.cleanairconservancy.org/) is used. Car travel to/from airport on both ends is also considered. Of the 35% of meetings that avoid travel, only 1.4 people are assumed to avoid travel in each meeting. Usage depends on a company’s travel and meeting policies.