The company formerly known as Hewlett-Packard, now called HP, is the first IT company to set a supply chain greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goal. HP recently announced its goal of a 20 percent decrease in its first tier manufacturing and product transportation-related GHG emissions by 2020 from a 2010 baseline. Earlier this year, HP became one of the first companies globally to publicly disclose its complete carbon footprint. In 2008, HP became the first major IT company to measure and publish aggregated supply chain GHG emissions.HP plans to achieve its GHG emissions reduction goal partly by creating business incentives for suppliers to set and achieve. In addition, HP plans to directly prevent two million metric tons of GHG emissions across its supply chain through specific environmental projects, including:
HP has one of the largest supply chains among IT companies with over 1,000 production suppliers and tens of thousands of non-production suppliers. HP’s supply chain is in six continents, and over 45 countries and territories. With a supply chain that big, HP can have a positive impact on the IT sector. Or, as Matthew Banks, senior program manager, Business and Industry, World Wildlife Fund, said, “This is a significant commitment that will have a measurable impact on HP value chain emissions.”
We hope others follow the lead of HP in realizing the cost and emissions savings for their suppliers. HP and the other 29 WWF Climate Savers partners have the potential to make immense impact in innovating our way through the planet’s climate challenges,” Banks adds.
“We understand the importance of reducing our carbon footprint, promoting sustainability throughout the IT supply chain and driving innovation that creates a better world and brighter future,” said Tony Prophet, senior vice president, Operations, Printing and Personal Systems, HP.
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