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HP bolsters its eco pledges

HP has become the official printing partner for the Ocean Decade Exhibition, which aims to raise awareness of the importance of the ocean and the need for its conservation.

The United Nations has proclaimed 2021-2030 a ‘Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development’ as part of its drive to support efforts to reverse the cycle of decline in ocean health and gather stakeholders across the globe behind a common framework. This is intended to ensure ocean science can fully support countries in creating improved conditions for the sustainable development of the seas.

The exhibition itself - the brainchild of The Ocean Agency, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the preservation of the seas - kicked off earlier this month at UNESCO's Paris-based headquarters. HP, as the printing partner for the exhibition, will use its latex printers and water-based inks produce the physical artwork.

Over the next few months, The Ocean Decade Exhibition will travel around the world, starting with the UN's headquarters in Geneva.The artworks are also being made freely available online so that people can create their own micro exhibitions in venues across the globe.

"At HP, our ambition is to become the world's most sustainable and just technology company," says HP CEO Enrique Lores. "I'm proud of the work of our teams around the world; we are making great progress towards achieving our goals while identifying areas where we must do more.

"If we simply stay the course, we will fail to meet the magnitude of this moment. The pace of change in the world around us is accelerating, and so must our efforts to create the future we want to see."

Since 2016, HP has been working to reduce ocean-bound plastics through a pilot programme in Haiti and these efforts have already diverted more than 1.8m lbs/816466 kgs of plastics - equating to 65 million bottles - from reaching the world's waterways and oceans. Additionally, HP opened a new $2m plastic washing line in Haiti in 2020 to produce recycled plastic for use in more than 50 HP products, including HP ink cartridges and the company's PC portfolio.

Lores explained: "We will drive toward a net zero carbon, fully regenerative economy while engineering the industry's most sustainable portfolio of products and solutions.

"We plan to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions across the HP value chain by 2040, with a 50% reduction by the end of this decade. We pledge to reach 75% circularity for products and packaging by 2030. And we are committed to maintaining zero deforestation for HP paper and paper-based packaging and counteracting deforestation for non-HP paper used in our products and print services."

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