HP is proud to have secured again a leadership position in the annual Newsweek Green Rankings. In 2011, HP ranked second on the America’s Greenest Companies list and fifteenth in the world. We continue to remain committed to leadership in environmental sustainability both within the technology sector and beyond through a variety of programs within our own operations, that of our supply chain and in the products and services that we deliver to market. This type of third party recognition helps to remind us of the importance and impact of our sustainability initiatives across the business and to the world at large.
According to Newsweek, it partnered with environmental research groups Trucost and Sustainalytics to put together the benchmark, and the methodology combines an environmental impact score, an environmental management score, and an environmental disclosure score. HP’s overall Newsweek Green Score was 75.8 percent, which reflected in part HP’s strong environmental management systems, sustainable building designs, and achievement of goals such as the removal of mercury from all notebooks and the reduction of greenhouse-gas emissions to 40 percent below 2005 levels.
Not content to rest on our laurels, HP continues to execute on our environmental sustainability strategy within HP Labs, across our business units and at the corporate level. We recently announced the selection of Hara, a provider of environmental and energy management solutions, to automate energy and sustainability data collection across more than 1,000 HP facilities worldwide. And in late September 2011, we hosted a diverse group of stakeholders in London with a vested interest in addressing the global energy challenge. An updated collection of our environmental sustainability news can always be found in our HP and the environment online press kit.
HP applauds President Obama’s commitment to energy innovation with the announcement of several new initiatives that will advance a clean energy economy and spur innovation.
Among the initiatives, the Obama administration plans to upgrade the U.S. electric grid and provide $250 million in loans for rural towns, set new commitments with the U.S. Department of Energy to give consumers access to energy consumption data, and expand partnerships with the States and stakeholders to provide online resources and best practices.
HP has been at the forefront of innovations that help us better measure and manage energy usage. Utilizing information technology to provide solutions to address our global energy challenges is at the core of HP’s sustainability work. For instance, HP Energy and Sustainability Management Solutions deliver an enterprise sustainability strategy services model spanning IT, real-estate, supply chain and the work force; working with customers to transform business models and optimize their resources. Researchers in HP Labs have designed and deployed a proof of concept for a Home Energy Intelligence Service for remote monitoring and assessment of residential energy consumption patterns. The system will help identify patterns and provide insights on where energy consumption is taking place and what homeowners can do in response.
HP also created a Carbon Footprint Calculator to show consumers and businesses how they can reduce the environmental impact and costs of computing and printing. The web-based calculator allows users to review and compare products to help make decisions that will improve their business operations and reduce the impact on the planet.
HP continues to work internally to improve the sustainability of our own operations and we collaborate with a variety of organizations to optimize energy use and lead the IT industry with energy-efficient innovation.
Additional details on HP’s commitment to energy efficiency and sustainability can be found at http://www.hp.com/earth.
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(above: Marc Gunther, FORTUNE, moderates a panel discussion at HP’s Unlocking Your Energy event in New York with Chandrakant Patel, senior fellow and director of the Sustainable Ecosystems Research Group at HP Labs and special guests Bahar Shahpar, eco fashion designer and lifestyle consultant, Rick Bayless, sustainable chef and restaurateur, and Frank Gould, VP of research and development and sustainability officer at Avaya.)
(This post was authored by Shelby Watts, HP Corporate Communications)
We hit another significant environmental sustainability milestone, with HP meeting our product energy efficiency goal in March 2011 – nine months early. HP’s products now use 50 percent less energy than they did in 2005. With HP shipping 3.5 products every second across all sectors of society, we all have reason to celebrate.
Getting the most out of the electricity we already use is part of the solution to our global energy challenges. But with energy consumption forecast to increase nearly 50 percent by 2035 worldwide, we need to address this issue on many fronts. Applying three broad energy strategies can help:
- Choose energy efficiency options for a quick payoff without sacrificing productivity or features
- Consolidate to optimize resources by shifting from inefficient or redundant products and processes to smart solutions
- Control energy use with solutions that intelligently manage consumption
HP is in a unique position to help as the only company with the scale and portfolio to deliver solutions that unlock the full potential of energy in homes, offices and enterprise businesses around the world. We continue to build a broad eco-portfolio – currently over 5,200 products and solutions – and sustainability is at the core of much of the work in HP Labs.
And this scale can quickly add up. If all makes and models of printers, notebooks, desktops, monitors, and servers shipped in 2005 were recycled and replaced with new HP energy-efficient models, customers could save approximately $10.4 billion in energy costs and avoid more than 40 million metric tons of CO2e – in the first year alone. That’s equivalent to shutting down more than 10 coal-fired power plants for an entire year.
We continue to engage with a variety of stakeholders as we seek to address society’s energy challenges. As part of this, HP has begun a global initiative - Unlocking Your Energy - to demonstrate how energy efficiency, sustainability and profitability are compatible concepts. We encourage you to explore HP’s customer successes and sustainable IT portfolio and hope HP can be a part of your long-term energy solution.
- Unlocking Your Energy microsite: www.hp.com/go/unlocking
- HP Environment microsite: www.hp.com/environment
The agreement includes solutions from a wide range of HP’s businesses, including notebook and desktop PCs, printers, data center and networking equipment, and supplies. HP will also be supplying desktop systems to deliver high-definition video communications, transporting executives from the UN in Bonn, Germany to Cancun without a plane ride. By using HP’s visual collaboration solutions that were announced today, we are truly minimizing travel-related emissions for COP16.
The COP16 IT team chose HP in part for its commitment to support environmental sustainability as a global business strategy and as a catalyst for technology innovation. HP has applied the collective influence of its products, operations, supply chain and partnerships to deliver low-carbon alternatives and solutions - optimizing resources, building intelligent infrastructure, and driving sustainable transformation for the 98 percent of businesses outside of the IT sector.
As a company that is committed to environmental sustainability, we’re honored to be able to play an important role in reducing the overall carbon footprint and emissions through the innovative use of technology at this year’s Climate Change Conference.
HP today issued the following statement by Larry Irving, vice president of Global Government Affairs at HP, on California’s Proposition 23 ballot initiative:
“HP strongly opposes Proposition 23, which would impair California’s leadership in reducing greenhouse gases. As a top employer in California and one of America’s greenest companies, HP takes seriously its role as a leader in protecting our environment, and supports the state’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions and provide regulatory certainty that fuels innovation.”