Achieving Net-Zero – Building a Sustainable IT Department
Sustainability is no longer an option, it is an essential element of your corporate strategy.
A wake up call In August 2021, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published their largest ever assessment of global warming during which 234 authors reviewed 14,000 scientific papers. The report issued a stark warning – unless there are immediate, rapid and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, we will not reach the Paris Climate Change Agreement target to limit warming to 1.5°C (above 1900 levels) by 2050 – and even 2°C will be beyond reach.
Changing Customer Values…
In their recent 2020 study, tech giant IBM, surveyed almost 19,000 consumers worldwide. They found that 77% of global consumers highly valued sustainability. 7 in 10 are happy to pay a premium for ethical brands or products.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) – The IT Department’s role
The world’s natural resources are finite. Extraction not only depletes them but increases energy use and CO2 emissions. The recent, almost universal behavioural shift to remote and cloudworking practices, has seen the IT sectors energy consumption soar, on a global scale.
Undertaking a Sustainability Audit
What should be included in your assessment? How can you minimise the emissions that come directly from your product, service or business operations? What do you currently do to reduce waste or conserve resources? Do the values of your current suppliers align with your sustainability policies? How do you currently engage or give back to your local community?
End of Life IT Assets
However robust your sustainability policy, it is inevitable that there will come a time where you cannot avoid waste – when redundant IT assets really do reach end-of-life.
Recycling IT assets
Devices that cannot be upgraded or reused can still contribute to the circular economy as many components can still enter the remanufacturing process. This reduces emissions from raw, finite material extraction, device production and transportation.
Legacy or surplus IT equipment can provide additional revenue when you sell redundant IT assets, a nice boost for any stretched IT departmental budget. ITAD suppliers can manage large quantities of assets; this would provide substantial financial returns along with the added environmental benefits.
Let’s work together to ensure we shape a future that works for all, in a circular economy.
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