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 their life cycle. In 1992, we developed our Design for Environment program (now called Design for Circularity) 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. In 2022, we joined the Circular Electronics Partnership (CEP) to align with other industry leaders in better understanding how to use circular solutions to address complex challenges, such as increasing the use of recycled steel in electronics.
Among our main design priorities, we work to increase the use of recycled and renewable materials; practice responsible chemistry; enhance product repairability, reusability, longevity, and recyclability; 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.
- Life cycle assessment (LCA)—HP uses LCAs 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 offers services related to optimization, maintenance, and renewal that extend product life, capture more value from natural resources, and reduce environmental impact
- Energy efficiency—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
- Sustainable chemistry—For more than two decades, we have worked to move the electronics industry toward safer alternatives to materials of concern. We assess published lists of substances of concern, customer preferences, emerging regulations, and sound scientific analysis concerning potential impacts on human health or the environment
- Increase recycled content—We are both a supplier and a user of recovered materials, incorporating 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
- Renewable materials—HP focuses on sourcing renewable2 materials in the interest of protecting ecosystems and resources for future generations
- Packaging innovation—Our packaging strategy has three focus areas—eliminate, innovate and circulate—aiming to enhance customer experience while driving progress toward our goal of eliminating 75% of single-use plastic packaging by 2025, compared to 20183
Product design and development operations for our personal computing products, LaserJet Enterprise Solutions, and InkJet Printing Solutions are ISO 14001 certified. We conduct internal compliance audits and benchmark against industry best practices on an ongoing basis.
For more information, please see the Climate Action section of the 2022 HP Sustainable Impact Report at www.hp.com/go/report.
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 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.
2 As defined in the Global Reporting Initiative Sustainability Reporting Standards, renewable material is “material derived from plentiful resources that are quickly replenished by ecological cycles or agricultural processes, so that the services provided by these and other linked resources are not endangered and remain available for the next generation.”
3 Calculated as the percentage of primary plastic packaging (by weight) reduced per unit shipped. Excludes secondary and tertiary packaging components. Includes HP personal systems and printer hardware packaging. Does not include packaging for the following: Graphics Solutions hardware other than PageWide XL and DesignJet printers; 3D printing hardware; print supplies; refurbished products; and accessories such as third-party options, drop in box, and aftermarket options.