Greener Electronics HP Ranking - 10th Edition

Publication - 24 November, 2008

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Executive summary: HP drops to 13th place because its score has dropped to 4.5 points, losing points on e-waste for failing to operationalise the principle of Individual Producer Responsibility and for its weak voluntary take-back programme, which is mainly oriented towards its business rather than individual customers. The company gains points for reporting a reuse and recycling rate in 2007 of 15% of relevant sales and some use of recycled plastics. On chemicals, although HP provides a timeline for eliminating polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic and all brominated flame retardants (BFRs) by 2009, it is only in computing equipment – not for its entire product portfolio. HP has yet to put on the market products that are entirely free from the worst substances. HP discloses externally verified greenhouse gas emissions from its own operations and estimates the supply chain greenhouse gas emissions of 80% of their first tier suppliers. It scores top marks for its goal to reduce GHG emissions of operations and products to 25 percent below 2005 levels by 2010. HP gains a point for reporting its use of renewable energy as 2% of global energy consumption and for reporting that more than 87% of HP Notebook PC platforms and 32% of Desktop PC platforms offer Energy Star compliant configurations.