HPE commits to achieve net zero business goals 10 years ahead of schedule

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is accelerating its progress toward a net-zero organization by committing to do so 10 years ahead of schedule.

The tech giant initially set a goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, but has used up its seventh year living progress Sustainability report downgraded by 10 years to confirm this goal.

To achieve this goal, the company has set a number of milestones – including a commitment to reduce its Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 70% by 2030 by increasing the use of renewable energy. It has also committed to reducing its Scope 3 emissions by 42% over the same period.

“HPE is committed to becoming a net-zero company by 2040,” HPE said in its living progress Report. “Our net-zero roadmap outlines our comprehensive plans to reduce our carbon footprint through ambitious science-based targets, innovations in IT efficiency, collaboration with customers and supply chains, and investments in renewable energy.”

The report further lifted the lid on how the inner workings of HPE must be overhauled to ensure it meets its accelerated net zero goal, which will be the responsibility of every senior executive at HPE.”

In line with this, the company said it will implement a mandatory climate learning program to “empower and empower” all members of its leadership team to contribute to the achievement of its climate goals.

Also, starting this year, climate metrics will be directly linked to the amount of compensation received by members of the HPE Board of Directors.

“While tackling the scale of our climate crisis is a challenge that requires international collaboration and action, it also presents an opportunity to position us as a business and technology leader that enables a low-carbon future,” the report said.

“We recognize the urgency of minimizing our industry’s environmental footprint, building our own capacity to adapt to climate-related risks – such as compromised supply chains and infrastructure – and accelerating solutions that support the transition to a low-carbon and more inclusive economy.

“Besides improving the sustainability and efficiency of our own solutions, we do this by helping our customers apply technologies to decarbonize carbon-intensive industries and accelerate climate research.”

From a technology perspective, HPE said its business’ transition to a more “as-a-service” IT delivery model is also helping its customers meet their sustainability goals, as is its commitment to ensuring more of its products get a second life through reuse.

“In addition to helping customers transition to as-a-service models, HPE is committed to technology reuse: 85% of the three million technology assets adopted by customers are reused,” the company said in a statement.

Antonio Neri, President and CEO of HPE added, “We don’t just help our customers meet their ESG requirements [environment, social and governance] Gates; We keep pushing ourselves and our entire industry forward by improving ourselves.

“At HPE, we have a significant responsibility and a conscious, focused plan to help our customers, suppliers and communities successfully transition to a zero-carbon future.”

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