Gabi Zedlmayer, HP: The eyes of the world will be watching Climate Week NYC

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17 September 2014

With just days five days to go until Climate Week NYC 2014, Gabi Zedlmayer, Vice President and Chief Living Progress Officer, HP, writes about why the world leading tech company is part of the summit, and her vision for the IT industry's role in helping build a low carbon future.

As we prepare for Climate Week NYC, it is important for all of us to reflect on the achievements we have made to reduce our environmental impact. It is also a time to recommit to building a low carbon economy that creates a better future and a healthier world for the generations to come.

The need for urgent action is clear. As recently as last week, new data from the World Meteorological Organization showed that in 2013, greenhouse gases (GHG) had reached a new high, driven by a record increase in carbon dioxide levels. This report illustrates why it is so important for companies, governments, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to address the root causes of climate change.

We believe the IT industry is uniquely positioned to help lower carbon emissions by inventing more sustainable technologies to replace outdated, inefficient processes and behaviors.

At HP, we know what the power of creative thinking and technology can do to transform lives, energize businesses, and empower communities. Today we’re working on solutions that go beyond incremental efficiency improvements to revolutionize the energy economics of the data center. For example, our HP Moonshot servers consume up to 89% less energy, use 80% less space, and cost 77% less than a traditional server environment.

But technology is only one piece of the puzzle. For companies to make a sustainable impact, they must lower carbon emissions across their entire value chain. This means being transparent in tracking and reporting GHG emissions, an approach that allows companies to measure progress, take corrective actions, and promote broader accountability.

We like to say that you can’t manage what you can’t measure. It’s one of the reasons why we have systematically analyzed our carbon footprint and taken actions to reduce our GHG emissions across our operations, supply chain, and products. For example, we were the first major IT company to publish and verify our complete carbon footprint. And last year, we became the first IT company to publish a supply chain GHG emissions reduction goal.

Climate Week NYC is an essential forum to drive dialogue and action toward a vibrant, low-carbon economy. The eyes of the world will be watching—particularly as it coincides with the gathering of government, business, and thought leaders participating in the UN Climate Summit. So it’s the ideal opportunity to inspire change.

I’m honored to join an incredible lineup of world and business leaders at the opening ceremony, where I will announce another bold step HP is taking to reduce environmental impact worldwide as part of our commitment to HP Living Progress.

HP is the gold sponsor of Climate Week NYC 2014.

For a full list of Climate Week NYC events, please visit and follow the conversation on Twitter using #CWNYC.

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