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July 6, 2010

HP Design-for-Environment

In this second part on our focus of Hewlett-Packard’s (HP) environmental credentials, we take a brief look at what HP have been doing to improve its production processes.

Since 1992, HP has focused on specific environmental issues through their Design for Environment (DfE) program. DfE is an engineering perspective in which the environmentally related characteristics of a product, process or facility are optimized. Together, HP’s product stewards and product designers identify, prioritize and recommend environmental improvements through a company-wide DfE program.

The DfE program has three priorities:

• Energy efficiency – reduce the energy needed to manufacture and use our products
• Materials innovation – reduce the amount of materials used in our products and develop materials that have less environmental impact and more value at end-of-life
• Design for recyclability – design equipment that is easier to upgrade and/or recycle

These main priorities are achieved by:

• Placing environmental stewards on every design team to identify design changes that may reduce environmental impact throughout the product’s life cycle.
• Eliminating the use of polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame-retardants where applicable.
• Reducing the number and types of materials used, and standardizing on the types of plastic resins used.
• Using moulded-in colours and finishes instead of paint, coatings or plating whenever possible.
• Helping customers reduce energy consumption with HP’s printing, imaging and computing products.
• Increasing the use of pre-and post-consumer recycled materials in product packaging.
• Minimizing customer waste burdens by using fewer product or packaging materials overall.
• Designing for disassembly and recyclability by implementing solutions such as the ISO 11469 plastics labelling standard, minimizing the number of fasteners and the number of tools necessary for disassembly.

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Read more on the HP Eco Solutions website

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