HP offers $2M for climate change program

By Alexander Villafania
INQUIRER.net
Last updated 08:13pm (Mla time) 06/23/2007

MANILA, Philippines — As part of its global initiative to protect the environment, IT firm HP has allocated $2 million to establish projects aimed at addressing the causes and consequences of climate change.

 

HP has also tied up with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) for its project, which is in line with the celebration of June as World Environment Month.

 

HP had previously intended to reduce its global energy use to 20 percent by the year 2010. It also plans to increase purchase of renewable energy to more than 350 percent or 50 million kilowatt hours by 2007.

 

Such renewable energy sources include hydroelectric, solar, geothermal, tidal, wind and biofuel.

 

The partnership aims to reduce carbon dioxide emission from its operating facilities worldwide, develop measures for improved product energy use, educated to adopt best practices, and use HP conservation methods and technologies.

 

The $2 million fund would go to several WWF programs focusing on analysis, research and data collection. Among these include the Epicenter for Climate Conservation, the online forum Climate Witness, and the Information and Communication Technology Innovation as a Driver of Climate Change.

 

As part of its environmental conservation and climate change efforts, HP Philippines flew in a representative from the WWF for a company-wide seminar on the topic.

 

HP Philippines Corporate Marketing Group representative April Maralit said: “HP employs a people-centered environmental impact through-the-line, from our in-house operations to those of our partners, customers and suppliers. We hope these inspire similar initiatives in other sectors and areas of concern.”

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