Research conducted by Acer has revealed that 97% of IT decision-makers believe in the importance of reducing the carbon footprint. However, factors such as a lack of awareness mean that one-third of organisations do not take steps to ensure compliance with legislation focused on the reduction of operational CHG emissions.
A clear need for change
While all organisations listed on the London Stock Exchange are subject to mandatory CHG emissions reporting, just over 50% have formally adopted CHG reduction as part of their corporate IT strategy. This is particularly concerning given that such organisations are responsible for the consumption of 32% of the UK’s electricity, with 10.4% being attributed to the use of IT solutions.
In light of the increasing interest in the circular economy and social value, Acer looked at the treatment of legacy devices replaced during business IT upgrades. Under 50% of the decision-makers said that they had opted to clean the data from legacy devices and donated them to either educational establishments (48.40%) or charity (46.0%). However, 86% said that they’d be keen to know the carbon footprints of devices traded or repurposed for such social and environ mental benefits.
Sustainable solutions from Acer
Fully aware of the need for positive environmental change, Acer are developing high-quality IT devices that are low in toxins and pollution, while energy-efficient, resource-efficient, and easy to recycle. They are committed to extending the lifespan of such resources through the implementation of the circular economy.
With such sustainable aims in mind, Acer have introduced the option of an extra two-year warranty, allowing devices to be re-purposed for social value. In extending the use of such devices, Acer are making a positive contribution to the reduction of “scope 3” carbon. A 30% reduction of the embodied carbon value could be achieved by keeping a device in use for an extra two years.
Building partnerships for the benefit of the environment, Acer have called on the independent specialists of PX3 for measurement and recommendations on how best to reduce the carbon footprint. Re-Tek, a multi-award-winning ITAD (Information Technology Asset Disposition) have also been working with Acer to support both public sector and corporate organisations with end-of-life IT projects.
Acer are encouraging IT decision-makers to register qualifying products for the Green Rewards scheme. A valuation of such devices will be issued in the first instance, with the points being issued and used in the discounted purchase of eco-friendly Acer replacements.
Would you like to find out more about Acer’s research and commitment to a sustainable future? Go ahead and download the Acer Commercial Sustainability Survey Results