Power To Change initiative allows users to realize the impact of shutting down idle PCs
Editor’s Note: We are huge fans of HP and have been using their computers and following their stewardship initiatives since we first started. Along with their innovative products, they were also ahead in the game in regards to corporate social responsibility in the computer industry (see past post Environmental Programs Wins Kudos). Also check out HP’s Power Widget which you can install on your computer to remind you to turn off it and to show how you and your community, as a whole, are helping to save energy and cut carbon emissions.
(June 2, 2009) – HP today announced the launch of Power To Change, a campaign that encourages personal computer users around the world to make behavioral changes in support of the environment.
The campaign encourages users to download a new desktop widget that tracks the cumulative energy savings associated with participants turning off idle PCs when not in use.
The Power To Change widget is available for download by individuals and companies across the globe and is compatible with all PC computing platforms. With the widget, computer users worldwide can watch and explore the energy savings the campaign generates through the power of behavioral changes across individual and global users.
“Power To Change is the manifestation of HP’s long-held philosophy that industry leadership is about an ongoing contribution to society,” said John Frey, Americas sustainability executive at HP. “With Power To Change, individuals and organizations can make a small environmental commitment that has the potential for a large impact on addressing sustainability challenges today.”
HP estimates that if 100,000 users shut down their work computers at the end of each day, energy savings could total more than 2,680 kilowatt-hours(1) and carbon emissions reductions could total more than 3,500 pounds per day.(2) This is the equivalent of eliminating more than 105 cars from the road each day.
Power To Change is launching across all three HP regions – Asia Pacific and Japan; Europe, the Middle East and Africa; and the Americas – and is available in five languages: Chinese, English, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish.
HP and energy efficiency
HP offers a broad portfolio of energy-efficient PCs for consumers and businesses – from enterprise-ready notebooks and thin clients, to innovative touch-enabled PCs and slim and powerful desktop PCs.
The company has exceeded the goal it set in January 2008 to reduce the energy consumption of its volume desktop and notebook PC families by 25 percent by 2010, a full year and a half ahead of schedule. HP has set a new goal to save 1 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity by 2011(3) through a variety of product design strategies that reduce energy consumption in its volume PCs. With the amount of energy that HP PCs expects to save, 90,000 homes could be powered for an entire year.(4)
HP also offers customers the most comprehensive suite of energy-saving solutions in the printing industry.(5) In 2008, HP shipped more than 25 million ENERGY STARÂ® qualified printers – more than any other vendor. Furthermore, all its new 2009 HP LaserJet and inkjet printer families will have ENERGY STAR qualified offerings.(6) Additionally, only halfway through 2009, HP is 80 percent of the way toward achieving its 2008 goal of improving overall efficiency of its printing products by 40 percent by 2011.
More information about Power To Change and the downloadable widget are available atwww.hp.com/powertochange.
HP and the environment
For decades HP has been an environmental leader, driving company stewardship through its HP Eco Solutions program, which spans product design, reuse and recycling as well as energy and resource efficiency. HP influences industry action by setting high environmental standards in its operations and supply chain, by providing practical solutions to make it easier for customers to reduce their climate impact and through its research on sustainability solutions that support a low-carbon economy. More information is available at www.hp.com/ecosolutions.
HP, the world’s largest technology company, simplifies the technology experience for consumers and businesses with a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com/.
(1) The energy savings are estimated based on a benchmark study conducted by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories in 2004 and UK Energy Saving Trust in 2007.https://h30470.www3.hp.com/html/faq/faq_WidgetCalculations.html
(2) Equivalency determined by EPA calculations. https://h30470.www3.hp.com/html/faq/faq_WidgetCalculations.html
(3) Based on U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR total energy consumption measure for PC product.
(4) Based on U.S. Dept. of Energy data that states an average home consumes 11,000 kWh per year.
(5) Based on HP internal analysis of six key environmental factors, covering 29 environmental attributes, of HP’s printing portfolio vs. competitors.
(6) Based on IDC CY2008 WW Printer Hardware Market Share Reports data, comparison of competitors’ total ship volumes to HP ENERGY STAR ship volumes.
ENERGY STAR is a registered mark owned by the U.S. government.
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Thanks to Kimberly for sharing this initiative with us!