HP commits to cutting supply chain GHG emissions by 20% by 2020

Information technology company HP has announced that it will cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 20% by 2020 for its first-tier manufacturing and product transportation supply chain partners.

Developed in consultation with the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Climate Savers Program, the GHG emissions-reduction goal will be driven through a variety of HP-led activities.

These will include business incentives for suppliers to set and achieve tangible GHG emissions-reduction goals, expanding HP’s Energy Efficiency Program (EEP) for manufacturing suppliers and by creating product transportation-related efficiency initiatives.

According to HP, the plans will contribute to the direct prevention of two million metric tons of GHG emissions across HP’s multitier supply chain by 2020.

HP’s senior vice president of operations, printing and personal systems, Tony Prophet, said: “HP has one of the largest supply chains in the industry. It’s imperative to manage it not just efficiently, but also ethically and in an environmentally sustainable way”.

In 2008, HP became the first major IT company to measure and publish aggregated supply chain GHG emissions and since then it has implemented projects that cut emissions from product transport collectively by 190,000 metric tons CO2 equivalents.

Leigh Stringer

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