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New paper from HP Offers Solutions Contributing to 1 Billion Tonnes of CO2 Emissions Reductions

Post no.3 the 19th of June. I must admit that I think it is one of the most exciting and important posts in a a long time. This is the first time (as far as I know) a major IT company not only talk about the potential and/or ask consultants to calculate the potential (both are important), but actually becomes concrete and help customer to understand what that could translate to in concrete action. I look forward to follow this up.

The report can be downloaded here

The press release

HP offers the first low carbon IT solutions guide for customers

PALO ALTO, Calif., June 19, 2008

HP published a guide that identifies the potential to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by using existing HP solutions.

HP's white paper, titled "Low Carbon IT Solutions," further supports the company-wide HP Eco Solutions program.

Beyond documenting the efficiency of information technology (IT) solutions, the white paper helps customers identify those products and services that can help them transition to operate with a lower carbon footprint.

"HP is committed to developing products and services that provide our customers with the opportunity for smarter growth," said Pierre Delforge, manager, Energy and Climate Strategy, HP. "HP has identified eco solutions that provide countries, businesses and individuals with the tools to significantly reduce their climate impact."

HP's white paper builds upon the report developed by Dennis Pamlin, global policy advisor, WWF-Sweden, called "The potential global CO2 reductions from ICT use: Identifying and assessing the opportunities to reduce the first billion tonnes of CO2." The report identifies 10 existing IT solutions that reduce CO2 emissions in areas including buildings, transportation networks and industrial production. With additional data and further analysis, particularly in the emerging economies, the ultimate potential of information and communication technologies (ICT) for curbing emissions can be further quantified.

Solutions described in HP's white paper include:

  • HP research into smart cooling and its use in the design of data center facilities that reduce energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions from commercial premises.
  • HP innovation in telepresence and videoconferencing that enable improved virtual collaboration to reduce the environmental impacts of international travel. HP's use of this technology is expected to save approximately 20,000 international trips and at least 32,000 tonnes per year of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), an internationally recognized measure of greenhouse emissions.
  • HP mobile computing technology, including flat panel displays and notebook PCs, which increases workplace flexibility to reduce energy consumption from non-critical travel.
  • HP office and digital print solutions that help customers establish on-demand print and workflow processes that help avoid unnecessary printing and transportation of physical materials.

The "Low Carbon IT Solutions" white paper from HP is available at

"This guide to low carbon IT solutions by one of the world's largest technology companies is welcomed and an important contribution in response to the urgent climate challenge," said Dennis Pamlin, global policy advisor, WWF-Sweden.

More information on the report,"The potential global CO2 reductions from ICT use: Identifying and assessing the opportunities to reduce the first billion tonnes of CO2," is available at The executive summary is available at The report is the first in a series of three, which will be released this fall.