HP Green Action Plan for Office Printing

HP Green Action Plan for Office Printing
HP Green Action Plan for Office Printing
Uncover ways to increase efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of your printing.
You need to get the most out of your office printing so you can operate successfully
and cost efficiently. Unfortunately, many companies lose the ability to operate most
successfully because of:
» Unnecessary expenses arising from heavy energy use and wasted resources in office printing
» Lost productivity as a result of inefficient office practices
» Environmental impact from paper-intensive business processes
Assemble a team and
get to work. Consider
including your business
principal, office manager,
key decision makers and
green team, or others
who are environmentally
Is the impact of your office printing a mystery? The answers might not be as elusive
as you think. Explore your company’s printing products and practices to look for
these indicators:
» Are there people with their own desktop printers who don’t really need them?
» Do you use different devices for printing, faxing, copying and scanning?
» Are most of your devices more than five years old?
» Are documents typically printed on only one side of the page?
» Do you keep devices turned on continuously, including over nights and weekends?
» Are the programs you’ve put in place for recycling paper, print cartridges and older printing devices failing
to live up to your expectations?
» Are employees confused or unaware of your recycling programs and processes?
» Do you send a lot of print jobs out of the office to professional printers or copy shops?
If you answered “Yes” to these questions, you’ve identified some key pieces of the puzzle. The HP Green Action
Plan for Office Printing can help you further examine your office printing environment and identify ways to save
money by reducing energy consumption and paper use.
If you need to implement changes immediately:
Skip to page three for specific things you can do right now
to reduce the environmental impact of your office printing.
Assessment: Uncover current practices
Look for clues: A thorough assessment of your printing practices will help establish a baseline for the impact
of current operations.
Areas to examine:
Behavior: Factors that affect printing activities and costs.
» On which devices do people print, copy, fax and scan?
» How much of your printing is double-sided?
» How are supplies and equipment disposed of?
Money: Underlying costs can be hard to figure, but critical to solving the mystery.
» What are your per-page print costs (paper + print cartridges ÷ number of pages)?
» What percentage of your office energy costs come from powering printers?
Attitudes: Beliefs that shape employee behavior.
» Are employees concerned about the environmental impact of printing?
Gather specific data: Identify all of the printing and imaging equipment used in your office.
» What individual and shared printers, copiers, scanners, fax and multifunction devices are in use?
» Explicit to clearly
state one specific
thing to accomplish.
» Measurable to
indicate how success
will be measured.
» Actionable to prompt
a change in behavior.
» Time-based to
provide a clear
deadline for success.
» What is the ratio of users to each printer and other devices?
» Which devices meet eco-label qualifications (i.e., ENERGY STAR®, Blue Angel and Environmental Choice)?
» Which devices are able to print double-sided? Which have power management features?
Capture details with an inventory worksheet
Put the pieces together: Once you have this information, it’s time to determine the environmental impact of your
office printing and imaging. The HP Carbon Footprint Calculator for printing allows you to estimate the paper use,
energy consumption, carbon footprint and associated costs of your printing environment.
Goal setting: test your theories
Act on the data: Once you have established a baseline
of current printing operations and their impact, it’s time
to turn that information into an action plan. Examine
how each potential change will impact your business to
determine if it’s a reasonable course of action.
Once again, the HP Carbon Footprint Calculator
for printing can help. This free tool makes it easy to
assess a printing fleet or individually compare printing
devices side by side to see the estimated costs and
environmental impact of each product. Calculate the
potential for improving your carbon footprint and how
much money you can save from enhancements, such as:
» Energy efficiency
» Access the HP Carbon Footprint
Calculator for printing
» Paper savings (using less, buying recycled paper)
Your goals will naturally reflect the potential
improvements you uncover during assessment and
analysis. Set realistic goals and then act responsibly
and intentionally in your effort to meet them.
Action plan: crack the code
You’ve inventoried your office printing equipment and behaviors, and identified opportunities for improvement.
Now, assemble your green IT team and take action. Consider these steps and the potential benefits in light of
your specific office needs:
Purchase printing products that deliver the
environmental benefits you’re looking for.
Set double-sided printing as your default
to save paper and money.
» HP Eco Highlights labels help you quickly identify
the environmental attributes of an HP product.
» When double-sided printing is set as the default,
employees will save paper without even having to
think about it.
Replace individual products with multifunction
printers (MFPs).
» HP MFPs use energy and supplies efficiently and
require less overhead support costs than individual
printers, scanners, copiers and fax devices.
Buy new, more energy efficient products that meet
eco-labeling qualifications (such as ENERGY STAR®
or Blue Angel).
» HP ENERGY STAR® qualified LaserJet MFPs
are nearly 15% more energy efficient than
standard, non-qualified models.
» HP ENERGY STAR® qualified inkjet all-in-ones (AiOs)
are over 30% more energy efficient than standard,
non-qualified models.
Consolidate to fewer printers, choosing those with
energy-efficient features.
» HP LaserJet devices with Instant-on Technology
deliver up to 50% in energy savings over
competitive laser products.1
» Instant-on Copy uses an LED light source, which
requires up to four times less energy when idle and
up to 1.4 times less energy when copying versus
traditional copying technology.2
» Paper savings could total as much as 50%
depending on the kinds of documents and number
of pages printed.
Use tools to save paper and avoid costly reprints.
» Reduce paper use by up to 45% when employees
print from the web, using HP Smart Web Printing.6
This free application allows you to combine text
and graphics from multiple web pages into one
customized document so you save paper and
avoid printing unnecessary banners and ads.
» View and store faxes electronically, and block
unwanted faxes rather than printing them out
using HP Officejet AiOs and HP LaserJet MFPs.
» Save energy and paper by reprinting less.
Original HP LaserJet print cartridges deliver
great results page after page.7
Take more action on the next page
There are a number of
ways to establish
double-sided printing
as your default:
» Set printer defaults
on individual,
printers at each
device’s control panel.
» Set printer defaults
using your printer
driver. Make sure
you check the box
labeled “set as
default” for doublesided printing.
» Larger companies
can set double-sided
printing as the default
at the network level
using HP Universal
Print Driver or HP
Web Jetadmin.
» The HP Officejet Pro 8500 AiO series uses up to
50% less energy than laser printers,3 and
has a 50% lower carbon footprint than the
Samsung CLX 3175FN.4
» The HP Eco Solutions Print Console provides a
centralized place on a PC desktop for you to control
your printer’s environmental settings—including
energy, paper use and supplies. Available for use
with select HP LaserJet printers.
» HP Auto-On/Auto-Off Technology senses when you
need to print and when you don’t, turning your printer
on and off automatically.5
Buy recycled paper that is sourced in a more
sustainable manner.
» HP requires all paper suppliers to engage in
recognized environmentally responsible practices.
» All HP Everyday Papers sold in North America are
certified in accordance with Sustainable Forestry
Initiative (SFI) standards. Most of the HP Everyday
Papers sold in Europe are certified under the
Programme for the Endorsement of Forestry
Certifications (PEFC).
» The HP Everyday Paper portfolio includes grades
containing mixed-source Forest Stewardship Council certified (FSC) fiber. A 30% post-consumer content
recycled grade is available in North America.
Print business and marketing materials in-house.
» Get professional-quality marketing materials in
your office for up to half the cost.10
» HP Digital Publishing (on-demand printing) can
help eliminate costly, large print runs that use more
resources and result in greater waste.
Consult an expert: HP.
» HP is taking aggressive strides to lighten the
impact of critical office printing and help
businesses lower their footprint.
» The HP Eco Solutions website includes tools and
resources to help your business print responsibly
at www.hp.com/ecosolutions.
» ColorLok® papers with recycled content help
you reduce your environmental impact without
sacrificing print quality.
Set and follow recycling guidelines for paper, print
cartridges and old IT equipment.
» Encourage employees to recycle paper. It’s a small
step that can make a big difference in reducing your
company’s environmental impact.
» Recycle your HP print cartridges and any brand of IT
equipment easily and responsibly through the HP
Planet Partners program, available in more than 50
countries and territories around the world.8
» Explore HP buyback and donation programs, which
accept older or unneeded equipment (even non-HP
products) and may help you recover remaining
product value at end of use.9
Congratulations! You’ve solved the mystery of your office printing practices and brought to light practical solutions
to gain greater efficiency. You should see immediate benefits across the company:
» For business owners: A more cost-efficient company and heightened awareness around smarter ways to
meet business demands.
» For managers and decision-makers: An increased focus on efficiency and actionable steps that will improve
the business’ bottom line.
» For office managers: An increased sensitivity to and support for highly efficient equipment and operations that
will reduce resource consumption and lower costs.
» For green team members: Visible support of efforts to drive environmental responsibility and tangible ways to
make green enhancements in the office.
Once you have completed your green IT assessment and implemented an action
plan, communicate the findings:
» Employees: Encourage full participation in your green initiative.
» Customers and partners: Many businesses and a growing number of consumers are making purchase
decisions based on green criteria.
» Industry publications; the general media: Depending on how much improvement you can demonstrate, your
results may be of interest to a wider audience.
Telling a good story can get your company valuable publicity. Check back for guidance in writing and publishing
a report of your green IT activities (available January 2010).
While you may have solved the initial puzzle of office printing, your green IT strategy should be open to
continuous review and refinement. That way, you’ll ensure your office is taking full advantage of the latest
opportunities to save money, use fewer resources and improve your environmental footprint.
If your company would benefit from a more detailed,
comprehensive approach to establishing a green IT
strategy for your office printing and imaging, download
the HP Green IT Action Plan for printing.
» Download the HP Green IT
Action Plan for printing
Additional reading
» Clean Energy Handbook for Business, Sustainable Industries, October 2008
» Green IT Sustainability Reporting Tool, Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P., available January 2010
» Small and Midsized Companies: Smart Choices Solve Financial Challenges, Hewlett-Packard Development
Company, L.P., August 2007
» Winning with Environmental Strategies: How & Why Businesses Should Adopt Green Practices,
AMI Partners, April 2009
» HP Eco Solutions website: www.hp.com/ecosolutions
» HP Planet Partners program: www.hp.com/recycle
» HP Carbon Footprint Calculator for printing: www.hp.com/go/carbonfootprint
» SMB Green IT calculator: (available January 2010)
» National Association of Energy Service Companies: www.naesco.org
» www.hp.com/go/reuse-recycle: an excellent resource to learn more about ways to deal with
aging technology including trade-in opportunities, recycling services and more
» www.greenercomputing.com: news, education, tools, blogs and more that will ensure your
business is up to speed on the latest developments of green IT strategies and solutions
» www.epeat.net: Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool site, delivering tools and
education to help you evaluate electronic purchases from a green perspective
» www.score.org: Includes “how to” articles and tools in addition to helping you find a local small
business mentor, at no cost, to help you on a one-on-one basis
1. Energy savings based on HP testing using ENERGY STAR® programs’ Typical Energy Consumption (TEC) method on HP LaserJet products with Instant-on Technology vs. top competitive models as of March 2009.
2. When compared with fluorescent tubes.
3. Majority of color laser AiOs < $600, June 2008, energy use based on HP testing using the ENERGY STAR® program’s TEC test method criteria. Note: For APJ, replace “Majority of” with “Most industry-leading.”
4. Based on an internal comparison study, using third-party provided Samsung data, that conducted a use-phase evaluation and used the IPA energy estimating method. Assumes the use of ColorLok paper and a
high capacity XL cartridge.
5. HP Auto-On and Auto-Off capabilities subject to printer and settings.
6. In HP-commissioned independent testing, HP Smart Web Printing used an average of 45% fewer pages than the web browser’s print command alone. Requires Internet Explorer 6.0–8.0.
7. HP cost calculations based on the average results for the 2007 mono and 2008 color North America QualityLogic studies (www.qualitylogic.com and www.qualitylogic.com/colortonertest.pdf). Estimated carbon
footprint calculation includes paper and printer energy use for reprints. Assumes equal number of pages for external, internal and individual use. Actual results may vary.
8. Available in select countries. For more information, visit: www.hp.com/recycle.
9. HP asset recovery and donation service availability varies per region.
10. U.S., Brazil, Mexico and South Korea only: Based on marketing materials printed on HP Color LaserJet CP2020/CM2320 series and HP Officejet Pro family products compared to average retail copy shop pricing
for print runs up to 250 pages. Actual results may vary. Source: Infotrends Cost of Print Studies, March 2009. Go to www.hp.com/go/printcosts for more details. UK, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Austria
and Sweden only: Based on marketing materials printed on HP Color LaserJet CP2020/CM2320 series and HP Officejet Pro family products compared to average retail copy shop pricing for print runs up to 250
pages. Actual results may vary. Source: Infotrends Cost of Print Studies, March 2009. Go to www.hp.com/go/printcosts for more details including study methodology and sample size.
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