Supporting a more sustainable future for business IT

- July 01, 2021

Carmen Ene, CEO of 3stepIT, explores how businesses can reduce e-waste to create a more sustainable future in the IT sector.


During the first Covid wave, organisations spent a massive $15 billion extra per week on technology to rapidly adapt to remote working. While this investment played a key role in keeping organisations operational and productive during the crisis, the environmental impact of this enforced transformation cannot be overlooked.

 

Electronic waste, or e-waste, is the world’s fastest-growing waste stream, and the mountain of e-waste is growing exponentially, with 53.6 million metric tonnes (Mt) generated worldwide in 2019. Businesses are key contributors to this issue and must do more to mitigate this worrying trend because on its current trajectory global e-waste is predicted to reach 74 million metric tonnes by 2030.


Not only is e-waste having a crippling effect on the environment, it’s also starting to weigh in on brands that fail to act responsibly. Findings from one report have revealed that over a half of customers (62%) now want companies to take a stand on sustainability, while 92% of business leaders say reducing carbon emissions is of major importance to their business operations.

 

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