Corporate Environmental Footprint
The first step towards environmental sustainability is to continuously understand the environmental impact across our value chain and take immediate action.
Reducing Our Climate Impact
When you picture the future, what do you see? It’s a question we constantly ask ourselves as we work to sustainably meet the data needs of the future.
We understand our climate impacts and are committed to taking action to minimize them. We’re reducing waste, increasing processing power per watt, conserving water, limiting the use of hazardous substances, and actively managing products at all stages of their lifecycle.
We also partner with our suppliers to reduce their emissions as part of our broader Supply Chain Responsibility (SCR) program.
In 2015, Hewlett Packard received the highest possible CDP carbon disclosure score—100 points and an A rating—on carbon-reduction performance.
Reduce Product Energy Use
We’ve set an ambitious goal. In 10 years, Hewlett Packard Enterprise will increase the energy performance of our product portfolio by 30x from a 2015 baseline.
We know that the greatest impact we can have on our own total global footprint is by drastically reducing the energy demand during product use. Product use accounts for more than half of our carbon footprint, which is why innovations like HPE Moonshot and Apollo are so essential. By transforming the way computing happens, our products require significantly less energy and that lowers not only our own footprint, but the footprints of our customers.
Reduce Operations GHG by 20%
In 2015, Hewlett Packard set a goal to reduce total GHG from our operations by 20% by 2020, compared to 2010 levels. While our operations are not water intensive, we are committed to using less water, especially at operations in water-stressed regions.
Prevent 2M Tonnes of Supply Chain CO2e
HPE is committed to assisting our suppliers in preventing two million tonnes of CO2e GHG emissions, measured cumulatively between 2010 and 2020. We also ask our suppliers to report their GHG emissions through the CDP system, so that together we can drive down the climate impact of our value chain.
HPE Commits to 100% Renewable Energy
We joined RE100 in 2016 with a commitment to reach 100% renewable energy, while setting an interim goal to source 50% of our total energy consumption from renewable sources by 2025. RE100 is a collaborative, global initiative of influential businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity, working to massively increase demand for—and delivery of—renewable energy.
In making this commitment, we are taking a stand to further reduce the carbon intensity of our operations. While our operations constitute only 10-15% of our total global carbon footprint, in our resource-constrained world, even 10 percent is significant. As a business community, we must collectively drive toward 100% renewable energy if we are going to advance a low-carbon economy.
Our Global Footprint
Reducing Our Carbon Emissions
To promote the transition to a low-carbon economy, we actively work to reduce energy use and related GHG emissions from our facilities and products. Most of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in our value chain occur as a result of materials extraction and manufacturing, and energy consumed during the use of HPE products.
Emissions from our own operations mainly come from energy used to power our data centers and lab and demo space. To promote the transition to a low-carbon economy, we joined the call to action championed by the We Mean Business Coalition. As part of our participation in this initiative, in December 2015 we committed to setting a science-based GHG emissions reduction target.
We partner with CDP as a supply chain member. We ask our suppliers (representing 95% of our direct spend) to report their GHG emissions and approach to climate change through the CDP system. And we do the same for HPE operations, so that together with our suppliers we can drive down the climate impact of our value chain.
Responsible Water Usage
With increasing pressure on global freshwater reserves, we strive to use less, particularly in water-scarce regions. Most of our water consumption is in the production and use of our products, so we design our products and manufacturing facilities to minimize water use. We encourage suppliers and customers to use and discharge water responsibly, and report their water management practices through the CDP system.
We use relatively little water in our operations. But we share global concerns about diminishing sources of freshwater and we work to reduce our use in our operations wherever we can, with a particular focus on water-scarce regions such as India, Israel, and Singapore. We identify HPE sites in water-scarce areas using a combination of the WBCSD Global Water Tool and a list of additional sites we know to be suffering drought.
We encourage suppliers to use water sparingly as part of our broader Supply Chain Responsibility (SCR) program. We use a range of tools to help suppliers improve their water stewardship and management, as well as encouraging responsible withdrawal and discharge.
HPE Recognized As Global Leader for Response to Climate Change
For the 3rd consecutive year, Hewlett Packard has been recognized by the CDP for its actions and strategies in response to climate change and has earned a position on the 2016 Climate A List by the international non-for-profit that drives sustainable economies.