HP Summary


CEO: Meg Whitman;  Revenues: $120.4 Billion (2012);  Employees: 331,800 (2012)

Company Description

HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments, and society. The world’s largest technology company, HP brings its innovative expertise together with a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services, and IT infrastructure to solve customer problems. HP’s operations are organized into five business groups: Enterprise Group, Enterprise Services, HP Software, HP Printing and Personal Systems Group, and HP Financial Services. HP was incorporated in 1947 and is headquartered in Palo Alto, California. 

Climate and Energy Targets

HP's comprehensive climate change strategy encompasses a broad range of actions from reducing its own operations carbon footprint, minimizing the impact of its products on the climate, innovating to develop new solutions that will help reduce the carbon footprint of the overall economy, and exerting its influence to facilitate policies and develop standards that support and drive a rapid transition to a low-carbon economy.

Greenhouse Gases:

  • HP is among the first companies globally to publish a comprehensive carbon footprint analysis to better understand the impact of the company and its products. In 2012, HP’s total emissions equaled 78,609,000 tonnes of CO2e.
  • HP found that 36% of its carbon footprint is related to its supply chain, where greenhouse gas emissions are primarily due to materials use and manufacturing. HP works to decrease materials volume and impacts through innovative design, and collaborates with suppliers to improve their environmental design. HP also helps suppliers improve their own environmental performance—resulting in a 24% decrease in production supplier GHG emissions intensity over four years. (This refers to first-tier suppliers for manufacturing, materials, and components. The majority of these companies report on a calendar year basis. The year 2011 is the most recent one for which data are available.)
  • In 2012, GHG emissions from transporting HP products totaled an estimated 1.7 million tonnes of CO2e—about 10% less than GHG emissions from HP operations. Since the end of 2008, HP has implemented projects that cut emissions from product transport collectively by 190,000 tonnes of CO2e, exceeding its goal to reduce emissions by 180,000 tonnes of CO2e by 2013.
  • HP found that 4% of its carbon footprint is related to its operations. HP met its goal two years early to reduce absolute GHG emissions from HP-owned and leased facilities by 20% relative to 2005 levels by the end of 2013. In 2012, the company set a new goal to decrease total GHG emissions from operations (Scope 1 and Scope 2) by 20% by 2020 compared to 2010. HP’s GHG emissions from its operations equaled 1,889,000 tonnes in 2012 (including Scope 1 and Scope 2), a decrease of 8% from its 2010 baseline.
  • More than half of HP’s total carbon footprint is due to the energy its products and solutions consume during use. HP reduced product energy consumption across its portfolio by 50% on average over five years, and continually works for further improvement. (The average energy consumption of HP products was estimated annually between 2005 and 2010 using high-volume product lines representative of the overall shipped product volume. The high-volume product lines include notebook and desktop computers, Inkjet and HP LaserJet printers, and industry-standard servers.) 


  • In 2012, HP achieved its target to double renewable energy purchases to 8% of electricity use—one year ahead of schedule. HP purchased approximately 496 million kWh of renewable energy worldwide in 2012, in addition to 3 million kWh generated on-site, equivalent to 13% of the company’s total electricity consumption and a 60% increase since 2010.
  • During 2012, HP completed energy-efficiency initiatives at its data centers that the company estimates could save approximately 13.5 million kWh on an annual basis.
  • HP helps facilitate supplier environmental performance improvements by tripling the number of HP supplier sites participating in the Energy Efficiency Program (formerly Energy Efficiency Partnership Program) compared with 2011 and sharing energy-saving best practices developed through the program to date. In 2012, 50 supplier sites participated in the program, compared with 12 supplier sites in 2011.
  • HP made significant progress in 2012 helping customers decrease the environmental impact of their HP IT products by providing more energy and resource efficient products. For example, the HP t410 All-in-One Smart Zero Client provides the same performance as a traditional PC but runs on just 13 watts of power. HP’s ENERGY STAR® qualified HP OfficeJet Pro 8600 e-All-in-One series, HP OfficeJet Pro 8100 ePrinter, and HP Officejet Pro X Series printers use up to 50% less energy than the majority of comparably priced laser printers.
  • HP strives to develop products that meet ENERGY STAR and EPEAT® Gold qualifications, the highest international standards for environmental attributes in electronics such as material selection and energy savings. In 2012, 43.7% of commercial PCs shipped by HP were EPEAT Gold qualified, and an additional 10.9% were EPEAT Silver qualified.
  • In April 2013, HP unveiled the world’s first commercially available HP Moonshot system, delivering compelling new infrastructure economics by using up to 89% less energy, 80% less space and costing 77% less, compared to traditional servers (according to internal HP engineering that compares HP Moonshot servers with traditional x86 server technology).

Did You Know?

“The world is facing many challenges: climate change and rising energy costs, the need for economic development and social equality, and increasing information security and privacy concerns—just to name a few. HP is leading the way with a strong commitment to providing solutions for our customers that address business issues in ways that can also positively impact society and the planet. It’s not just good values, it’s good business—and that means a path to sustainable growth.” – Meg Whitman, CEO, HP

HP is engaged in a range of climate and energy-related activities. Below are highlights of several:






Climate and Sustainability Rankings & Recognition

  • HP ranked first among technology companies and placed fifth overall among listing of Interbrand’s Best Global Green Brands in 2011 and 2012
  • HP listed on the Carbon Disclosure Project’s S&P 500 Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index for 2012
  • HP listed on Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and North America Index in 2012
  • HP has been on the FTSE4Good Index since 2003
  • HP listed in top of Newsweek’s Green Rankings from 2009-2012; in 2012, HP kept the #2 spot on the U.S. 500 list, and is one of two technology companies in the top 25 of the Global 500
  • HP placed #2 and ranked as top U.S. company in the 18th Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics in 2012
  • HP ranked #2 in Technology sector of 2012 Climate Counts Company Scorecard
  • HP ranked #2 on Computerworld’s 2011 Top Green-IT Vendors

Additional Resources

HP Corporate Website

HP Environment Website