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, 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—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.
  • Print and compute as a service—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 hardware in use for longer and reduce waste.
  • Product repair, reuse and recycling—When our products reach the end of their service, our robust repair, reuse, and recycling programs help ensure that products and materials are repurposed, keeping them at their highest value state for as long as possible. These programs reduce waste, can give materials and products renewed life, and support our drive toward a more materials-efficient circular future.
  • Energy efficiency—Energy consumed by our products during use is among 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.
  • Sustainable chemistry—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 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 that are responsibly managed in order to protect ecosystems and resources for future generations. We strive to ensure that our paper and fiber-based packaging are derived from recycled or certified content, and we are working to eliminate the use of single-use plastic packaging by shifting to fiber-based packaging.
  • Packaging innovation—Our sustainable packaging strategy focuses on three areas—eliminate, innovate and circulate—aiming to enhance customer experience while driving progress toward a circular and net zero carbon economy.

Product design and development operations for our personal computing products, LaserJet Enterprise Solutions, and InkJet Printing Solutions are International Organization for Standardization (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 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.”