The British Government has a target of a 68% reduction of emissions by 2030 and by 78% by 2035. Its goal is for net-zero emissions by 2050. Just as the Government has outlined its net zero ambition, corporate organisations are setting ambitious targets for reducing their carbon footprint and increasing sustainability. One of the biggest challenges for organisations is knowing where to start, as sustainability is not something that can be boosted in isolation but runs through the entirety of the business and its culture. We have written an article covering how to help meet your CSR targets through sustainable supply chain services which discusses how sustainable IT can be achieved.

Creating positive change

Previously, sustainability was viewed as corporate philanthropy: a ‘nice to have’ that was great for marketing but had little impact on the overall corporate strategy. This perspective has changed in recent years, as business leaders respond to changing consumer habits which demand sustainable business practices and can offer a considerable competitive edge. Defining how a business can meet the vast challenge of sustainability can be overwhelming. Sustainability is not something that can be addressed in isolation, but rather something that can be improved right across the business and in each of its activities. Businesses often wonder where to begin in creating positive change. One such area that can quickly help businesses establish better sustainable practices is in IT. IT contributes massively to global GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions – with 50% of GHG emissions attributed to workspace inefficiency, and 34% related to pollution from compute devices in the UK – but equally it can also be used to help improve sustainability and reduce the carbon footprint by facilitating a more flexible work environment.

With SCC …

SCC’s award-winning WEEE recycling service boosts corporate sustainability by ensuring compliant recycling, all of which is part of the all-encompassing DVaaS managed service offering, also including IT services such as design, imaging, asset tagging, break/fix, and cybersecurity. The reconditioning and re-selling kit gives it a second life. By using IT recycling services as part of DVaaS, SCC’s customers have achieved a reduction of 2.722 m3 of landfill, saving £250k in landfill tax. SCC guarantees 0% landfill from end-of-life IT.

Adopting a circular economy

Historically, consumption of IT devices has contributed to the linear economy. A laptop, for example, is built, used, and thrown back into the ground as waste at the end of its useful life. Device as a Service (DVaaS) is helping organisations move to a circular economy, whereby the same devices are refurbished, resold, or recycled, and IT estates are refreshed on a more frequent basis.

With SCC …

As part of SCC’s DVaaS solution, its specialist supply chain services are aligned to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) programmes, which promote more sustainable ways of working. Typically taken over three years, at the end of the term, SCC will collect the IT equipment and process it via its National Distribution Centre, with several secure, compliant options that are sustainable and can even create new revenue streams through the refurbishment and redeployment or sale of end of life hardware. SCC’s DVaaS team has more than 30 years’ experience and works with a diverse portfolio of clients to help save money and better manage IT. Where organisations have already made costly, long-term investments in their IT estate, SCC offers a buyback service, acquiring existing IT and leasing it back under a fixed term agreement, with additional IT managed services. Find out more about DVaaS by SCC and how we can help you here, or if you have any questions please complete the form and we will be in touch.

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