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HP Builds Portfolio Of Services For Energy Efficiency And Sustainability

HP said on Thursday that it's rolling out an array of nine different consulting services that are all designed to help enterprises and other businesses significantly improve energy efficiency and adopt environmental sustainability practices. The services, developed in conjunction with various partners, are focused not just on data center operations but on building facilities and improved supply chain management.

The HP Energy and Sustainability Management (ESM) solution delivers a strategy, road map and implementation plan for assessing how energy is used and what can be done to cut down energy usage, reduce a customer's carbon footprint and create a more environmentally sustainable operation. Previously, companies like HP featured energy efficiency in certain points of the data center, such as improved performance per watt in servers or energy-efficient server cooling technology, but ESM is a more holistic approach to the problem.

The ESM service is also more focused on solutions that appeal to chief financial officers of companies by helping document return on investment (ROI) from improved efficiency and sustainability, says Jay Allardyce, worldwide director for growth initiatives, energy and sustainability management at HP. "It's not just about being green for [the sake of] being green. It's more than just sustainability as a best practice," says Allardyce. "We are able to bring those strategic consulting services and viewpoints at a senior management level with business-driven insights and the ROI-based conversation that clients are looking for."

Among the services included in the ESM portfolio are the following: a workshop with cross-functional positions in an organization to understand goals and set objectives; developing a road map for reducing energy use and greenhouse gases; developing a baseline understanding of energy use and greenhouse gas production to measure progress; analyzing more efficient use of water resources in an enterprise; and analyzing identified trade-offs that may achieve environmental goals but impact business goals.

The value of the ESM program is also that it focuses more broadly on an enterprise's operations, including facilities operation and supply chain management, and not just its IT infrastructure, adds Ken Hamilton, worldwide director of  energy and sustainability management in technology consulting at HP.

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