HP Reduces Carbon Footprint by 9%: Sustainability Report 2021 Reveals

HP Reduces Carbon Footprint by 9%: Sustainability Report 2021 Reveals

Since 2020, all HP brand paper and paper-based packaging have been derived from recycled or certified sources

HP has unveiled HP Sustainability Impact report 2021, a practice the company has been following since 2001. The report states that HP has reduced its carbon footprint by 9% compared to 2019 and has a goal of reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.

Since 2020, all HP brand paper and paper-based packaging for home and office printers and supplies, PCs, and displays have been derived from recycled or certified sources. Since 2017, HP has launched more than 300 new products around the world containing ocean-bound plastic.

HP announced $3.5 billion in new sales in 2021 and the company is driving some of the most aggressive and comprehensive climate action goals in the industry in its quest to become the most sustainable and just tech company.

It has pledged to eliminate 75% of single-use plastic packaging by 2025. The company has reduced it by 44% since 2018.

The company stated: "We aim to lead in activating and innovating holistic solutions that break down the digital divide that prevents many from accessing the education, jobs, and healthcare needed to thrive. We are driving digital inclusion to transform lives and communities."

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Supporting UN SDG 3.b for the research and development of vaccines and medicines, the HP D300e Digital Dispenser, a bioprinter platform, enables researchers to dispense or print very small (picoliter) quantities of fluid needed for drug and vaccine research in seconds.

This can save time and reduce plastic waste associated with manual pipetting methods.

Ellen Jackowski, chief impact officer and head of sustainable Impact, HP, said: “Last year, we set an ambitious Sustainable Impact agenda to address the most defining issues of our time where we can have the greatest impact.

"It led us to set comprehensive 2030 goals to combat climate change, advance human rights and accelerate digital equity. Today, we published our 2021 Sustainable Impact Report, highlighting the early progress we’re making in these areas.

“Our customers are asking us to deliver more than just great products—they’re looking for us to lead on environmental stewardship and social justice. In 2021, we saw USD 3.5-billion in new sales tied to sustainable impact objectives—more than triple the amount in 2020."

In her role, Jackowski leads a global team that oversees the HP Sustainable Impact strategy and programs that focus on making positive, lasting impact on the planet, people, and the communities that HP serves.

The reduction in carbon footprint is notable since HP's net revenue increased by 8% during the same period of 2019 to 2021.

"Key factors in 2021 were, increased energy efficiency of our products and the Covid-19 shift towards the products in our portfolio that tend to be lighter and more energy efficient than others, such as notebooks and inkjet printers," said Jackowski.

"Energy consumed by our products during use is one of the largest contributors to their footprints. We reduced product-use emissions intensity by 39% compared to 2015, exceeding our goal of a 30% reduction by 2025,” Jackowski added.

The report ended with the following note: "We enable better learning outcomes by supporting education through provision of learning and digital literacy programs and solutions.

"Our programs aim to accelerate digital equity through providing access to at least one of the following: hardware, connectivity, content, or digital literacy."

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