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Our plan for environmental sustainability starts by addressing impacts across our value chain.
How can we reap the benefits of growing connectivity, while reducing IT infrastructure’s impact on our climate? It’s a question we constantly ask ourselves as we work to meet the data needs of the future in a sustainable way.
We assess our climate impact at each stage in our value chain and take action to minimize greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, mitigate climate risk, and develop the low-carbon economy. This means reducing our impact in our supply chain and operations, and during product use.
For the fifth consecutive year, we earned a position on CDP’s Climate A List, recognizing HPE as a global leader in the corporate response to climate change, and were again included in their Supplier Engagement Rating in recognition of our actions to reduce emissions in the supply chain.
Our climate goals tackle GHG emissions across our value chain with science-based emissions reduction targets for our operations, supply chain, and product energy performance. These, combined with our commitment to source 100% renewable electricity, are a part of our Living Progress plan to create sustainable solutions for our company, our customers, and our world.
HPE has set a transformative goal to increase the energy performance of our product portfolio 30 times by 2025 from a 2015 baseline—driving innovations that will cut our customers’ time to value while minimizing their footprints.
The greatest impact we can have on our total global footprint is to drastically reduce the energy demand required during product use. This accounts for more than half of our carbon footprint, which is why energy efficient product innovations such as HPE Moonshot and Apollo are so significant. By making sustainability a driver of innovation, these transformative solutions are accelerating the competitiveness of our business and creating new value for enterprises of all sizes.
As a global company with customers that span the world, we’ve committed to aligning our operational emissions reduction targets with the Paris climate accord by setting science-based GHG reduction targets.
In 2017, we exceeded our target to reduce operational GHG emissions 25% compared to 2015 – achieving our goal seven years early. We are currently in the process of setting a new target for our operational emissions.
The first-of-its-kind HPE supply chain emissions reduction program will enable 80% of manufacturing suppliers to set science-based GHG targets in their own operations, seeking to avoid 100 million tons of emissions.
As part of the goal, HPE will reduce manufacturing-related GHG emissions on an absolute basis within our supply chain by 15% by 2025, becoming the first IT company to establish a supply chain goal that is in line with climate science.
We join the world’s most influential companies in committing to reach 100% renewable power through RE100, with an interim goal to source 50% of our total electricity consumption from renewable sources by 2025.
In making this commitment, we are taking a stand to further reduce the carbon intensity of our operations. We believe that the business community must collectively drive toward 100% renewable energy to advance a low-carbon economy.
To promote the transition to a sustainable economy, we must first understand where impacts occur across our value chain. The majority of our carbon footprint and water consumption is associated with the manufacturing and use of our products. We use sustainability as a driver of innovation, focusing on improving our product efficiency and helping our manufacturing suppliers reduce negative impacts.
We recognize that limited resources and impacts on the climate are some of the most complex challenges facing our world today and we’re committed to innovating transformative sustainable solutions that decrease the time to value for our customers, while also working together with our suppliers and industry peers to drive strategies that reduce climate impacts.Christopher Wellise
In 2017, HPE was again recognized for our actions and strategies in response to climate change, earning a position on the CDP Climate A List and Supplier Engagement A List, as well as receiving the industry-leading score for climate strategy in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index.