Products and Solutions

20% Reduction in GHG emissions intensity1 of our product portfolio through 2014, compared to 20102

Information technology (IT) has redefined how we live and work through the Internet, big data, cloud computing, mobile personal devices, and digital printing.

As the use of IT continues to grow, so does the volume of data, the requirements placed on technology infrastructure, and the environmental impacts. Unless transformative technologies are introduced, the exponential growth in data will increase the GHG emissions associated with IT—projected to grow from 1.9% of global emissions in 2011 to 2.3% in 20203.

Our products and IT solutions for the New Style of Business help customers manage this explosion of data. We continually work to improve environmental performance across the life cycle of our products and solutions, including enterprise servers, storage, networking equipment, and entire data centers, we are transforming the environmental footprint of IT in ways that meet our customers’ needs.

We summarize our efforts to increase efficiency and reduce environmental impact across the life cycle of our products below. To learn more about environmental innovation across the infrastructure, software, services, products and solutions we offer, visit our EcoSolutions page.

Research, development and design

We create revolutionary technologies to address the most complex challenges and important opportunities facing our customers and society in the next decade and beyond. Across the company, we conduct research and development on products and solutions—from ink cartridges to data centers—that require less energy, use more sustainable materials, and are easier to recycle than the previous generation of HPE products.
The environmental impact of a product or solution is largely determined before it is built, packaged, and shipped—at the design stage. Product design is therefore by far the single greatest lever we can use to improve our overall environmental performance.
We embed sustainability in our research agenda—through HPE Labs, our central research organization, and across our business groups. Learn more about our pioneering Design for the Environment program.

Energy efficiency

We continue to develop innovations that spur energy efficiency, as decreasing the footprint of computing is pivotal to Living Progress and supports the environmental goals of our customers.

For example, our HPE Apollo 8000 computing system has a water cooling system that is 1,000 times more energy efficient than traditional air cooling systems. We are looking to the future by exploring the possibilities of The Machine, a project that will reinvent the fundamental architecture of computers to produce order of magnitude improvements in performance and efficiency.


We collaborate with manufacturing partners and suppliers to understand, reduce and report the environmental impacts of materials extraction and product manufacturing.

Packaging and transport

We aim to have our industry’s most efficient and sustainable packaging designs. We continually innovate to use less material, optimize shipping densities, and utilize recycled and recyclable materials. This reduces the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and raw materials use associated with packaging and the transport of our products.

Our guidelines for packaging suppliers include environmental considerations, influencing their packaging designs. Through our General Specification for the Environment (GSE) we restrict substances of concern and require 100% of materials used in our packaging to be recyclable.

Product use, return and recycling

We make it easy for customers to reduce their environmental impact by improving the energy efficiency and resource consumption of our products and solutions. Examples are highlighted in our EcoSolutions portfolio.

We also help customers return their old products. HPE works with a global network of vendors in multiple countries and territories to collect, process for resale, and/or recycle product returns, as well as qualify recycled materials for use in new products. For more information, see our Product Return and Recycling page.

1. Emissions intensity of our product portfolio refers to tonnes CO2e/net revenue arising from use of our high-volume product lines, including notebooks, tablets, desktops, mobile computing devices, and workstations; inkjet and LaserJet printers; and all HPE servers, including industry-standard servers, HPE Moonshot, and HPE Apollo.
2. Expressed as emissions generated per unit of output. For printers and personal systems, each product constitutes a unit of output. For servers, each unit of output equals a task performed by the system, as defined by industry standards.
3. According to GeSI SMARTer 2020: The Role of ICT in Driving a Sustainable Future, pages 11, 18.
4. Percentages are in terms of HPE product revenue for Printing and Personal Systems Group and Enterprise Group, excluding Technology Services. The segments included accounted for approximately $77 billion in revenue in fiscal year 2014.
5. Based on customer-reported values.