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 efficiency

Energy use is a significant operating expense for HP and the main driver of our climate impact from operations. For most of 2020, our non-critical buildings were closed due to COVID-19, and access restrictions prevented us from implementing many energy conservation projects. Although capital projects were curtailed in 2020 due to the pandemic, our focus on operational and efficiency upgrades when replacing equipment remains the same. In 2021, we are implementing energy-saving opportunities such as retro commissioning projects, chiller plant optimizations, smart building retrofits, use of digital lighting controls, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system replacements.

Our operations consumed 604,901 MWh in 2020, 9% less than in 2019. Global electricity use decreased by 9% compared to 2019, due to the implementation of energy conservation projects and real estate consolidation. Energy intensity equaled 10.7 MWh per $ million of net revenue in 2020, 5% less than in 2019.

Renewable energy

By 2025, we aim to use 100% renewable electricity to power our global operations.

In 2020, we procured and generated 243,661 MWh of renewable electricity globally (95.9% wind, 3.6% solar, and 0.5% hydro). Renewables accounted for 51% of our global electricity consumption, compared to 43% in 2019. Sources of renewable electricity in 2020 included RECs and IRECs (88.3%), direct purchases (10.1%), 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 decrease emissions, we provide low-impact travel choices for our employees through collaboration with our travel providers, planning tools, and transportation alternatives such as the Zipcar vehicle share program at our headquarters in Palo Alto. Car sharing decreases the need employees to own a vehicle.

In 2020, employee business travel generated 20,000 tonnes of CO2e emissions, down 71% from 2019. Commuting generated 100,000 tonnes of CO2e emissions, 50% less than the prior year. Our company fleet accounted for 24,000 tonnes of CO2e emissions, down 27% compared to 2019 and also 27% less than in 2015. Performance in these areas was impacted by travel restrictions related to COVID-19.

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