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How IT/Tech Category Managers Can Be a Sustainability Beacon

Sustainability is becoming more important each year. As more technology is used residentially and commercially, carbon emissions are increasing at an exponential rate. Now is the time to reuse, repurpose, and recycle, to avoid the increase of e-waste and improve the appropriate disposition of unneeded IT assets.

  • While data centers contribute around 0.3% to overall carbon emissions, the ICT ecosystem as a whole – which encompasses personal digital devices, mobile phone networks, and televisions – accounts for more than 2% of global emissions,.That puts putting the ICT’s carbon footprint on par with the aviation industry’s emissions from fuel.
  • That puts the ICT’s carbon footprint on par with the aviation industry’s emissions from fuel.
  • Meanwhile, e-waste is mounting up. The United Nations (UN) Global e-waste monitor 2020 regards e-waste as the world’s fastest-growing domestic waste stream, with a record 53.6 million metric tonnes (Mt) generated in 2019 alone. They predicted that, by 2030, global e-waste will reach 74 Mt annually.
  • One of the key issues is that just 20% of global e-waste will be collected and recycled. The remaining amount is undocumented, meaning it likely ends up in landfills, incinerated, traded illegally, or is processed in a substandard way, resulting in hazardous substances spilling into the environment, and poisoning the ground and people living in the given area.

Contact us today to talk about how we can help you become a sustainability beacon.

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