Yes. Most of our GHG emissions from operations are related to the energy used to power our facilities. To save money, drive progress toward our goals, and reduce our climate impacts, we:
- Aggressively reduce energy consumption through optimization and efficiency projects.
- Increase on-site generation of renewable power.
- Procure off-site renewable power, including through renewable energy credits (RECs), utility supplier green power options, and power purchase agreements (PPAs).
Energy use is a significant operating expense for HP and the main driver of our climate impact from operations. Our operations consumed 695,420 MWh in 2019, 8% less than in 2018. Global electricity use decreased by 5% compared to 2018, due to the implementation of energy conservation projects and real estate consolidation. Energy intensity equalled 11.8 MWh per $ million of net revenue in 2019, 9% less than in 2018.
During 2019, our main tactics to reduce energy use included a multi-site chiller plant optimization initiative, compressed air optimization, smart building initiatives, retro-commissioning, conversion to LED lighting, and lighting control upgrades. Our energy team collaborates with site operations teams that are replacing end-of-life equipment, to confirm that new high efficiency equipment is being installed. All new construction will comply with the HP Green and Smart Construction Playbook and the LEED v4 Gold Standard. In 2019, we implemented 29 projects at 18 locations, projected to save 8,700 MWh annually.
By shifting toward renewable, carbon-neutral energy, we can reduce GHG emissions from operations.
In 2019, we procured and generated 240,398 MWh of renewable electricity globally (92% wind, 4% solar, and 4% hydro). Renewables accounted for 43% of our global electricity consumption, compared to 47% in 2018. Sources of renewable electricity in 2019 included RECs and IRECs (86.0%), direct purchases (12.4%), and renewable energy generated on-site and on-site PPAs (1.6%). Through these purchases, we once again achieved our objective to use 100% renewable electricity in the United States and helped to advance the global market for renewables.
Business travel, commuting and auto fleet
To reduce emissions, we provide low-impact travel choices for our employees through collaboration with our travel providers, planning tools, and initiatives such as the Zipcar vehicle share program at our headquarters in Palo Alto, California, United States.
In 2019, employee business travel generated 70,000 tonnes of CO2e emissions, flat from 2018. Commuting generated 200,000 tonnes of CO2e emissions, also the same as the prior year. Our company fleet accounted for 33,000 tonnes of CO2e emissions, an increase of 3% compared to 2018, due to a 10% increase of the overall fleet size.
HP is one of 10 founding members of EV100, a Climate Group initiative launched in 2017 to accelerate adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) worldwide. In support of this effort, we have committed to install EV infrastructure at all feasible sites worldwide by 2040. In 2019, we offered EV infrastructure at 32% of the 85 target sites.
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