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 Environment program to formally consider factors impacting sustainability performance throughout the product design and development phases. We currently call this program Design for Circularity to reflect how we are designing products and business processes for a circular economy.

 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 product 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 Circularity addresses a broad range of issues across the product life cycle.

  • Life cycle assessment—HP uses life cycle assessment (LCA) and product carbon footprinting (PCF)1 to quantify the environmental impacts of our products, analyze possible alternatives, and target product performance improvements that deliver value to our customers and our business.
  • Durability, repairability, and reusability—HP products are often highly rated for durability and repairability. We offer services related to optimization, maintenance, and renewal that extend product life, capture more value from natural resources, and reduce environmental impact.
  • Product energy efficiency—The energy consumed by our products during use is one of the largest contributors to our carbon and water footprints. To help our customers decrease energy consumption and GHG emissions, we design for energy efficiency and offer convenient service-based solutions that are designed to deliver increased value to customers through reduced environmental impact and capital costs.
  • Replace materials of concern—We aspire to a world where our products and operations use materials and chemicals that cause no harm. For more than two decades, we have worked to move the electronics industry toward safer alternatives to materials of concern.
  • Increase recycled content—We are both a supplier and user of recovered materials, incorporating increasing amounts of recycled and recyclable content into new HP products. This helps to accelerate global market development for recovered and recycled materials, to support progress toward a circular economy.
  • Circular business solutions—HP’s service-based solutions are designed to deliver increased value to customers through reduced environmental impact and capital costs. Customers can access the latest technology, while HP manages the fleet, and an ongoing relationship provides valuable insights on end-user behavior and needs. Our service offerings include regular maintenance, which has the potential to keep the hardware in use for longer and reduce waste.
  • Product repair, reuse, and recycling—When our products eventually reach the end of their service, our robust repair, reuse, and recycling programs help to ensure that products and materials are repurposed, which keeps them at their highest value state for as long as possible. This circular flow reduces waste and can give materials and products renewed life.
  • Packaging innovation—Our sustainable packaging strategy focuses on three areas—eliminate, innovate, and increased recycled content—with the objective to enhance customer experience while driving progress toward a circular and net-zero carbon economy.

 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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1 We conduct product carbon footprints (PCFs), a subset of life cycle assessment, of business HP desktops, notebooks, tablets, workstations, thin clients, all-in-one computers, and displays to better understand the performance of individual products and our overall portfolio. These estimate total GHG emissions associated with a product over its lifetime and include emissions from materials extraction, manufacturing, distribution, use, and end-of-life management. To assess and report our complete personal systems product carbon footprint, we extrapolate these results to cover 99% of overall personal systems product sales (by unit and by revenue) during the reporting year.