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Top tips: How to turn your concern about e-waste into action
- November 30, 2021
Like of all of us, IT managers are increasingly looking for ways they can green their operations. The businesses we speak to know that they have to reduce their impact on the planet and, most importantly, they want to do the right thing. But it can also be hard to find reliable information to make sustainable choices for your organisation and the planet.
Our research shows that 71% of IT decision-makers say that their department is under pressure to be more sustainable, highlighting a growing awareness about the impact of our tech consumption. IT professionals are leading the charge in this area, with 77% agreeing that e-waste is a concern for their business. But often concern is not translating into action.
Just over half (55%) of the businesses we surveyed measure the carbon footprint of their IT devices and only 37% ‘fully agree’ they have a defined action plan to reduce e-waste.
We know IT teams want to do the right thing by their business and the planet – so, here’s three tips to make it happen.
Give old and redundant IT a second life
IT equipment is a significant investment and if kept in good condition it holds value, opening the possibility for it to be refurbished and resold to a second user. By managing obsolete devices in this way, businesses can release funds for digital transformation projects, while at the same time, reducing electronic waste and CO2 emissions. Check out our Sustainable IT Calculator to find out the total emissions avoidance your business could achieve with sustainable IT asset disposal.
Think sustainability from the outset
IT procurement is an opportunity to begin a circular and sustainable IT asset management process. Encouragingly, 55% of finance managers agree that moving to an OpEx model makes sense for their business. It’s positive news for the planet because adopting device as-a-service ensures more professional end-of-life handling is built in from the outset. As-a-service models like Technology Lifecycle Management make good financial sense too. Instead of buying equipment outright, Technology Lifecycle Management provides access to latest IT, when you need it, without the costly outlay.
Ensure in-life IT asset management delivers sustainable outcomes
Keeping devices in optimal condition also has important financial and sustainability benefits. IT asset management technology can help, offering full visibility and control of all devices, supported by automated reporting on devices location, health and when a refresh is due at the end of the IT asset lifecycle. This level of visibility reduces waste because it ensures devices remain efficient for the optimal amount of time and can easily be recalled when required. Plus, you can’t refurbish a device you can’t find!