HP today announced that the energy-reduction goals made by the company in 2009 have been met or exceeded more than nine months ahead of schedule.

HP also unveiled energy savings research and analysis showing that if all makes and models of printers, notebook and desktop PCs, displays and servers shipped in 2005 were recycled(1) and replaced with new HP energy-efficient models, customers could save approximately $10.4 billion in energy costs, and avoid more than 40 million metric tons of CO2 emissions within a year.(2)

The news will be shared with journalists, industry analysts and nongovernmental organizations gathering in New York City to celebrate the kickoff of the HP Unlocking Your Energy tour, a global initiative to demonstrate how energy efficiency, sustainability and profitability are compatible concepts for consumers and businesses. Following today’s New York event, the tour will continue with stops in San Francisco, Beijing, Hong Kong and London.

“We set a goal to reduce energy consumption of our products by 40 percent by the end of 2011 from 2005 levels,” said Engelina Jaspers, vice president, Environmental Sustainability, HP. “I’m pleased to report we’ve exceeded this goal, and that HP products today are, on average, more than 50 percent more energy efficient than they were five years ago.”

Unlocking Your Energy tour attendees will experience interactive technology exhibits and demonstrations followed by short presentations with environmental advocates, including fashion designer and sustainable lifestyle consultant Bahar Shahpar and sustainable chef-restaurateur Rick Bayless.

“The choices we make have an impact. For years, I’ve focused on using local, sustainable ingredients in my restaurants to support area farmers and help reduce my carbon footprint,” said Bayless. “Because our choice and use of technology plays into impact as well, I’m excited to get more productivity and creativity out of HP products that consume less energy and less counter space.”

“In fashion, sustainability and style are compatible concepts, and HP is showing that the same idea holds true for technology,” said Shahpar. “By using the most advanced tools for creativity and communication, it is truly possible to grow your brand and your product with less environmental impact. My new HP technology significantly reduces my energy use and allows me to be more productive, which increases the quantity of my work output and the quality of my work life.”(3)

The Unlocking Your Energy kickoff event includes a panel discussion with Chandrakant Patel, senior fellow and director of the Sustainable Ecosystems Research Group at HP Labs, and Kevin Gould, vice president of Research and Development and sustainability officer at Avaya, as well as Bayless and Shahpar. The panel will be moderated by Marc Gunther, contributing editor at FORTUNE magazine and senior writer at Greenbiz.com.

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