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HP Announces Goals to Cut GHG Emissions by Up to 40 Percent

Hewlett-Packard today has unveiled a set of new environmental goals aimed at cutting the impact of its operations, facilities and products by as much as 40 percent over 2005 levels in the coming years.

The new goals follow the company's achievement of a previous goal to reduce the emissions from the company's products by 25 percent over 2005 levels. That goal was intended to be complete by the end of 2010, but the company said it had already hit that target.

As a result, among today's new announcements includes a goal to cut overall energy use and emissions from Hewlett-Packard products by 40 percent over 2005 levels by the end of 2011.

In order to achieve that goal, HP will continue to improve the energy efficiency of its products, something the company showcased earlier this year with additions to its Eco Solutions line of products.

Among the other goals HP announced today include reducing the emissions from its owned and leased facilities by 20 percent over a 2005 baseline by 2013, on an absolute basis regardless of company growth, by incorporating energy efficiency measures into its offices, manufacturing facilities and data centers.

"By shedding light on our energy use and carbon footprint – and by extension our customers and partners – we're driving greater efficiency across the global economy," Shane Robison, an HP executive vice president and chief strategy and technology officer, said in a statement.

Today's news is just the latest report on Hewlett-Packard's environmental goals. In April 2009, the company published its 2008 sustainability report, and as we reported at the time:

On the environmental front, one significant achievement was the collection of 34,000 tons of electronic equipment for reuse, and the recycling of another 120,000 tons of electronics that would have otherwise gone to landfill. Those numbers bring HP up to 1.7 billion pounds (850,000 tons) of total electronics recycled. In 2004, HP set a goal of recycling 1 billion pounds of e-waste by the end of 2007, and the company beat that goal by 6 months, hitting the 1 billion pound mark in July 2007.

Other notable achievements from HP in 2008 included its victory in Wal-Mart's green design challenge, which HP won by reducing the packaging by 97 percent for one of its notebook PCs. On the IT side, the company announced that it had saved $1 billion by overhauling and consolidating its IT platform, cutting total spending on IT hardware in half and saving 60 percent of the energy used in its data centers while boosting overall computing capacity by 250 percent or more.

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