HP meets green goals early

HP meets green goals early

Sets itself even more ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals for 2011

HP has set itself a series of new environmental targets after achieving its initial greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

The vendor’s initial goal was to slash combined energy consumption and associated greenhouse gas emissions of operations and products to 75 per cent of 2005 levels by 2010. Having achieved that, its latest aim is to get to 40 per cent below 2005 levels by 2011. Additionally, it will invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.

These figures, however, do not include its EDS arm, which the vendor acquired in 2008. This increased HP’s total operations footprint by 50 per cent, which prompted the vendor to establish separate operations and product goals.

In a release, HP environmental compliance manager, Annukka Dickens, said the vendor’s goal continues to be building and reporting on transparent programs that support environmental sustainability as a business strategy.

“By shedding light on our energy use and carbon footprint – and by extension our customers and partners – we’re driving greater efficiency across the global economy,” Dickens said in the release.

Earlier this year, HP launched its Power to Change program to encourage individuals, through peer networking, to combine efforts to improve environment responsibility.

The vendor has, however, drawn criticism from nonprofit environmental group, Greenpeace, for not being up to scratch with other concerns.

Rival vendor, Dell, who was also criticised by Greenpeace at the time, has posted a significant reduction in its greenhouse emissions.

Dell has reduced emissions by over 18 per cent in fiscal year 2009 compared to 2008, with its most significant savings coming from a reduction in employee air travel – scope 3 emissions, of which air travel is a significant part, was reduced by 30.3 per cent.

In a release, the vendor claimed that its purchase of renewable energy credits helped it achieve operational carbon neutrality in August 2008, five months ahead of schedule.

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