HP Pledges To Double Renewable Power Use By 2012

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Palo Alto, Calif.-based HP Co. has unveiled renewable energy initiatives in its facilities, research and products to support a new goal to double the company's global purchases of renewable power from under 4% in 2008 to 8% by 2012.

This complements HP's goal to reduce energy consumption and the resulting greenhouse gas emissions from HP-owned and HP-leased facilities worldwide to 16% below 2005 levels by 2010.

To reduce its carbon footprint, HP is relying on diversified renewable energy resources, improving energy efficiency and placing a strong emphasis on energy reduction and optimization at a number of its facilities around the world.

HP recently completed a 1.1 MW, 6,256 solar panel system at its facility in San Diego. The company has also elected to participate in Austin, Texas' Green Choice program to procure almost 19.9 million kWh of wind energy from wind farms in western Texas for two of its Austin data centers. This represents nearly 20% of the annual energy used by the two centers.

‘HP is investing in technologies that bring us closer to operating in a sustainable IT ecosystem,’ says John Frey, senior sustainability executive at HP. ‘We are supporting renewable energy programs for our own operational efficiency, harnessing research to demonstrate environmental leadership and offering products that support customer concerns about rising energy costs.’

SOURCE: HP Co.

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