Sustainable IT- Remanufactured v’s New Networking Equipment: The environmental and economic benefits of utilising authorised non-new technology
We live in a climate emergency, yet we are utilising more natural resources than our planet can produce. ICT has many benefits: from enabling remote working, to precision agriculture and medical innovation. However, the environmental impact of ICT is a growing issue. Exponential growth in demand for social media and streaming over the last two decades put significant pressure on the network, requiring the network equipment and infrastructure to constantly expand and upgrade to keep up with demand. Driven by false perceptions, enterprises often default to buying new equipment to refresh or expand their network. This results in e-Waste, additional carbon emissions and the increased consumption of natural resources. This presentation shares findings from Circularity First’s Research projects that are designed to support IT professionals to normalise the second life of IT equipment. The team will also provide actionable solutions for IT leaders to reduce the negative impact of IT hardware.