HP Awarded Essar, HSBC and Infosys For Their Green Printing Initiatives & Practices

India, March 08, 2011: Hewlett-Packard, the leading imaging and printing company in India, today recognized enterprises that drive leading environmental strategy and approach in the printing and imaging arena through its pioneer awards platform – HP Eco Solutions Printing Award India 2011.


The HP Eco Solutions Printing Award program, powered by IDC, was conducted in two phases – the first phase included an IDC study through an online survey of 79 enterprises in India; 12 finalists were selected out of these for a detailed onsite assessment for the next phase. The study evaluated the enterprises’ current green strategy, leadership, execution and disposal in the context of the printing environment. Of these, Essar, HSBC and Infosys emerged as the winning organizations for their exceptional environmental-friendly initiatives in their printing practices.

“Sound environmental practice is just smart business.” said Nitin Hiranandani, Director Managed Enterprise Solutions, Imaging and Printing Group, Hewlett-Packard India. “By optimizing resources, building intelligent environment-friendly infrastructures and driving sustainable transformation, enterprises in India can make huge leaps in not only creating environmental impact but also drive business benefits.

All these three companies were awarded prizes for their excellence in contribution towards green printing initiatives, following are some points considered while deciding these winners.

  • 46% respondents highlighted cost rather than environmental sustainability as the main driver for adoption of Green IT products and services.
  • Duplex printing and scan to mail were considered mainstream by more than half of the respondents. However user-authenticated, N-up printing and use of software to eliminate trailing pages are still in early stages of adoption.
  • 80% have policies related to printer & print management, reducing paper wastage & recycling printer consumables; only 39% have a green procurement policy for IT department.
  • 67% respondents indicated that they will undertake assessments of their print infrastructure.
  • 57% respondents recycle their printing hardware when it becomes obsolete and less than half of the respondents collect recycled paper.
  • In terms of disposal, 70% organizations recycle printing consumables. Since most use original vendor cartridges, it leads to accountability till the product’s end of life.

Following are some criteria’s on which winners were judged

• Energy consumption for powering the printing fleet

• Technologies and policies to reduce paper waste

• Greenhouse gas emissions associated with printing

• Recycling practices and policies

• Current and future green IT plans for printing

• Governance and control policies in place which are made known to end-users

Across the globe, businesses are becoming far more cognizant of the role that IT plays in the management of their carbon footprint. It is also the obvious starting point for Green IT initiatives that reduce overall IT costs in the face rising energy prices as well as an increased corporate focus on environmental sustainability," said Philip Carter, Associate Vice President, IDC Asia/Pacific Green IT and Sustainability Research.

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