- 03 February 2011
- As the world’s largest technology company, what was HP’s role in the COP16 negotiation events and negotiation process?
HP's role at COP16, as with previous years, was to demonstrate our support and solutions for international action to mitigate climate change. We consider COP to be an ideal global forum with a highly influential audience - giving us a unique venue to demonstrate the breadth of environmental and business benefits of HP technology. Additionally this year, HP was selected as the IT provider for COP, and we were honored to have won this highly competitive bid.
- Tell us more about the competitive bid that HP won to provide the COP16 with a full suite of low-carbon IT solutions; this included video collaboration to reduce travel-related carbon emissions and more. What was the impact of this project?
We were thrilled that the Mexican government selected HP's energy-efficient portfolio -- including desktop and notebook PCs, printers, data center and networking equipment and supplies -- to power COP. We were told we won the bid based on our environmental credentials and commitment, the energy efficiency of our offerings, and our price competitiveness. HP also showcased its videoconferencing solutions in Cancun. Several COP16 participants attended remotely through the power of HP Visual Collaboration. We also set up two UN Climate Walls in Cancun -- one in the Moon Palace and one in the Climate Village -- which enabled connectivity between the negotiators and the non-accredited attendees outside the main talks. It was an effective and fun showcase of how technology could enable real-time connectivity without travel time and cost, and carbon emissions.
- At the fifth annual Climate Leaders summit hosted by The Climate Group on the sidelines of COP16, you mentioned the unique role that HP plays in changing consumer behavior to move toward scalable energy efficiency and waste reduction. How is HP influencing this important shift?
We believe it's both technology and behavior that is needed -- and we're stepping up to the plate on both. Much of the technology is available today, the more widespread adoption of which could reduce emissions by 15% of more from business-as-usual by 2020. Behavior is equally important. Businesses and governments need to design the pathways and provide the incentives to help people become more sustainable. HP has an advantage here with its large consumer touch -- a billion people rely on HP technologies every day, we ship 3.5 products each second. Coupled with our 300,000 employee workforce and the IT industry's largest supply chain, this gives us tremendous opportunity to affect positive change.
- Are there government policies in place that are enabling this transformation? What more is needed?
I'm a big advocate for incentives, both for consumers and for business. It triggers the right kind of positive behavior and forward momentum. A good example is the Green IT stimulus grants for data center design from the U.S. Department of Energy last year. HP was awarded $7.4M for a power supply chain project. Incentives for consumers to choose energy-efficient IT products are also a big win-win.
- What can we expect to see from HP in the next 6 months in terms of innovation that will drive the clean revolution?
You'll see us continuing to focus on delivering HP solutions that help people and businesses reduce waste and increase energy efficiency - in their homes, offices, data centers and beyond. And, we'll continue to pioneer IT solutions that replace outmoded, inefficient processes and behaviors with more sustainable and cost-effective alternatives - such as our HP Visual Collaboration solutions -- reducing fuel consumption, carbon emissions and costs.
Engelina Jaspers is responsible for advancing HP's global leadership position in sustainability. Her team develops initiatives aimed at driving meaningful results for HP, its customers and the environment; manages partnerships with external stakeholders; leads employee education and engagement; and drives HP environmental goals, metrics and strategies.
Jaspers joined HP in 1998 and has held senior roles at both the business group and corporate level. She has led a number of transformational initiatives across HP focused on organization design, optimization and deployment.