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30 September 2013 | Helen Gilbert
HP has announced plans to drive down greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions among its suppliers.
The technology business has set a goal for its first tier manufacturing and product transportation supply chain partners to reduce emissions by 20 per cent by 2020, compared to 2010.
The target, developed in consultation with the World Wide Fund for Nature ‘climate savers programme’, will be driven through a variety of HP-led activities including business incentives for suppliers to set and achieve tangible GHG emissions-reduction goals.
HP intends that two million tonnes of GHG emissions will have been prevented across HP's multi-tier supply chain, through specific supplier environmental improvement projects, including the expansion of HP's energy efficiency programme for manufacturing suppliers; the introduction of specific emissions reduction initiatives with suppliers with GHG intensive operations, such as LCD panel manufacturing; and the creation of product transportation-related efficiency initiatives.
In addition, the firm will also use public reporting through its Global Citizenship report on supply chain GHG emissions to create awareness among HP’s supply base and demonstrate progress.
“HP has one of the largest supply chains in the industry,” Tony Prophet, senior vice president, operations, printing and personal systems at HP, said.
“It's imperative to manage it not just efficiently, but also ethically and in an environmentally sustainable way. 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."