Background - 27 April, 2010

Summary 45/100

HP has fared much better in the solutions and energy impact scoring categories than it did in the last round, but took a dip in the Advocacy category due to a drop-off in activity. HP’s Visual Collaboration solution is its best case study, as it accounts for embedded emissions and post-intervention data, but its other case studies are very basic and do not provide adequate information on CO2 savings. For HP to increase its overall score on future leaderboards, the company will need to enhance the specificity of its solutions, expand and elaborate on its mitigation strategies, and demonstrate more consistent political engagement in key energy and climate debates.


Climate Solutions


Current Savings Calculations


HP offers a suite of GHG saving solutions on its Low Carbon Economy webpage, though most of these solutions do not offer detailed case study data. The most detailed data (and assumptions) pertain to HP’s Halo and Video Conferencing services. To keep these points, HP needs to continue to showcase its solutions offerings with this level of detail.

Public Metrics


HP presented a detailed and interesting analysis of the impacts of digital printing, a relevant offering in the debate around the environmental benefits of dematerialization that should dictate the level of detail on GHG savings metrics for future solution offerings.



Recent investment from HP in companies that could expand their IT solutions services include Electronic Data Services (EDS) and 3Par. The company needs to detail further data on clean tech investment as well as R&D in IT climate solution offerings./p>

Future Savings Goal


No future savings goal for solutions.


Energy Impact


Reduction Target


HP sets a goal to reduce absolute GHG emissions from HP-owned and HP-leased facilities by 20% below 2005 levels by 2013. Between 2005 and 2008, HP reduced the energy used in its operations by over 9% towards the previous goal of 16% by 2010.



HP sets a goal to increase its purchases of electricity from renewable sources to 8 percent of total electricity usage by 2012. It has consolidated a larger fleet of datacenters, and publishes detailed data around its electricity GHG footprint. To score higher, the company needs to increase its use of renewable energy and showcase more detail on how efficiency is playing a leading role in GHG mitigation.

Infrastructure Siting


HP takes into consideration the electricity source of its infrastructure, and its UK data center in Wynyard is wind-powered. Like much of the industry, HP needs to codify this siting preference for renewable energy and have it factor into subsequent infrastructure siting decisions.

Supply Chain Footprint


All HP workstation platforms, over 90% of Notebook PC platforms and 41% of desktop platforms meet the Energy Star 5 standards. Additionally, the company has set a goal to reduce the energy consumption and associated GHG emissions of all HP products to 40 percent below 2005 levels by the end of 2011, ensuring future innovation. HP leads the industry in its reporting of GHG emissions from its operations, as well as its supply chain, with estimates of supply chain emissions from 86% of its first tier suppliers.


Political Advocacy




HP scores low for political speech for lack of frequency and specificity. The most prominent example is a speech by Shane Robinson, the Chief Technology Officer, at the Techonomy conference about the role of ICT in reducing carbon.

Political Policy


The Vice President of Global Govt. Affairs released a press statement opposing Proposition 23, a policy priority. This would have scored higher had it been projected to a wider audience through a more public platform.

Repetition Bonus


HP has one occurrence of repetition for signing on to a public letter to President Obama public letter asking him to support home energy platforms.

Negative Lobby Penalty


No negative lobby scored.

HP's scores to date

Leaderboard Score
Version 1 13
Version 2 42
Version 3 41
Version 4 45