Yes. Design plays a critical role in determining a product’s environmental impacts. We apply rigorous design principles to improve the environmental performance of our products across the life cycle.
In 1992, we developed our Design for Sustainability program (originally Design for the Environment) to formally consider factors impacting sustainability performance throughout the product design and development phases.
We use a science-based approach to evaluate our products, identify and prioritize improvement opportunities, and set goals. Among our main design priorities, we work to increase the use of recycled and renewable materials and replace materials of concern; enhance repairability; continually improve product energy efficiency, and build in accessibility features. Our program has continually evolved in response to technological and scientific developments, changes to our supply chain, and customer demand.
HP Design for Sustainability addresses a broad range of issues across the product life cycle.
- Materials innovation—Progress toward a circular economy requires keeping materials in use for as long as possible and ensuring they can be easily reused or recycled. We continually work to eliminate materials of concern, increase materials efficiency, and circulate materials through use of recycled content.
- Durability and repairability—We design our products to be highly durable and easy to repair, and we extend the life of our personal systems through refurbishment programs. This benefits customers while capturing more value from natural resources and reducing environmental footprint.
- Energy efficiency—Energy consumption during product use is one of the largest contributors to our carbon and water footprints, so continually improving product energy efficiency is central to our sustainable design strategy.
- Products-as-a-service—Service-based models deliver better value to customers with reduced environmental impact and capital costs. Customers can access the latest technology, while HP manages the fleet. An ongoing relationship engagement and provides valuable insights on customer behavior and needs. Service-based offerings support the transition to a circular economy. Regular maintenance increases product longevity and decreases waste. Fewer individual product shipments and customer store visits decrease GHG emissions. Value is recaptured at end of service through product repair, reuse, and recycling.
- End-of-service options—Rapid innovation is increasing the urgency to move toward circular models where products stay in use as long as possible and materials are responsibly recycled and repurposed at product end of service. As part of designing for end of service, we consider factors such as availability of spare parts, ease of disassembly, materials identification, and ability to separate materials. Our repair, reuse, and recycling programs help keep products in use, and at end of service, support responsible collection and processing to recover and reuse as much material as possible.
- Social impact—Through innovative partnerships and materials sourcing, we improve livelihoods. Through our supply chain engagements, we increase the availability of recycled materials while supporting safe workplaces, healthy lifestyles, and skills development.
Product design and development operations for our Home and Office Printing Solutions and Personal Systems product groups are ISO 14001 certified. We conduct internal compliance audits and benchmark against industry best practices on an ongoing basis.
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