HP - Aiming for Positive Impact

HP is the world's largest provider of information technology (IT) infrastructure, software, services, and solutions. HP's commitment to environmental sustainability helps guide the direction of the company and drives the innovation of new products and solutions that make a positive impact in the world.

HP products and solutions help people achieve more while reducing resource consumption and waste. These savings are achieved through the Design for Environment (DfE) program, which uses life cycle assessments and stakeholder consultation to improve the environmental impact from design of the product to its end of life recycling. As an example, the HP Envy110 is:

  • ENERGY STAR® qualified e-All-in-One and uses less than 1 watt of energy while in off mode,
  • manufactured using polyvinyl chloride PVC-free materials1,
  • programmed for optimum paper use through automatic double-sided printing,
  • designed to be 90% recyclable,
  • paired with Original HP 60 cartridges that contain up to 70% recycled plastic. This recycled plastic has up to a 33% smaller carbon footprint than the virgin plastic used in Original HP ink cartridges2.

By the end of 2011, HP had also reduced the energy consumption of their products by 50% compared with 2005 levels-exceeding their original goal of a 40% decrease3.

Product Reuse and recycling

Product reuse and recycling programs are a priority for HP, recycling 2 billion pounds or 909 million kilograms of electronic products and supplies from 1987-2011 - equivalent to the weight of 36 Statue of Liberty monuments! In Australia alone, over 3.8 million kilograms of HP printer cartridges have been recycled through the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program to date.

Thanks to its network of vendors in over 67 countries, HP also supports collection, resale and return schemes that refurbish and reuse before recycling.

HP Operations

In 2011, HP met their 2013 goal to reduce GHG emissions from their operations by 20% against our 2005 baseline, two years early.

Check out HP's Global Citizenship Report for more information on HP's holistic sustainability approach and achievements.

1 HP ENVY110 e-All-in-One is polyvinyl chloride (PVC) free; meeting the evolving definition of PVC free as set forth in the "iNEMI Position Statement on the Definition of 'Low-Halogen' Electronics (BFR/CFR/PVC-free)." Plastic parts contain < 1,000 ppm (0.1%) of chlorine [if the CI source is from CFRs or PVC or PVC copolymers]. USB cable and power cord are not PVC free.

2 For cartridges produced in 2010 and beyond. Based on a 2010 life cycle assessment (LCA) performed by Four Elements Consulting and commissioned by HP. The study compared the environmental impact of using polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic with the environmental impact of using recycled PET to manufacture new Original HP ink cartridges. For details, see

3 The average energy consumption of HP products is estimated using high-volume product lines representative of the overall shipped product volume. Energy consumption has been estimated in 2005 and annually since. The high-volume product lines include notebook and desktop computers, inkjet and LaserJet printers, and industry-standard servers.

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