How many 'R's are there in the circular economy?

Most of us know of the three ‘R’s of the circular economy: reduce, reuse and recycle. But did you know that in the EU there are only two

How can we improve reuse rates?

None of the three stages of the circular economy – reduce, reuse and recycle – are perfect. But if we want to make reuse more effective, we have to focus more on how we collect it and why people would agree to give their equipment a second life.

The carbon tax: users pay for producers' emissions

There’s been a lot of noise around the increase in carbon tax in the latest budget here in Ireland. Understandably so, perhaps, when you consider that carbon taxes disproportionately affect the people who use CO2 emitting devices rather than those who make them. In other words, the user pays not the producer.

Sustainability is the best secondhand news

Companies selling refurbished equipment spend too much time talking about the price of what they sell and not enough emphasising the environmental value of their products. 

Time to target manufacturing emissions

The CO2 emissions from manufacturing for laptops, desktop PCs and monitors is often 60-70% of their total emissions. Manufacturers are struggling to bring those emissions down but they can deliver bigger reductions than focusing on reuse.

Reduce CO2 emissions with reused IT

In the ongoing efforts to establish a circular economy of reuse, recycle and reduce for IT equipment and devices, reuse can be overlooked. But the fact is reusing IT equipment is one of the most effective ways to reduce carbon emissions

Where's the green?

Monitors are ubiquitous but how much do we know about their carbon footprint? How do they compare to laptops and desktop PCs? The answer may shock you.

Can laptops improve sustainability?

With laptops outselling desktop PCs is there an argument to be made that they are more sustainable than desktops? On the surface, it would appear that laptops are greener but there are other factors that need to be explored.

Sustainability is hard

Despite the best intentions, it’s still very hard for computer manufacturers to reduce their carbon emissions and water usage. Take HP as an example. Figures on the company's website reveal its carbon footprint increased in 2019 and its water footprint was higher than in 2017. Why?

Promises are easy

In January, Microsoft made a bold pledge to become carbon negative by 2030. It set a target of 2050 to “remove from the environment all the carbon the company has emitted either directly or by electrical consumption since it was founded in 1975.” But while removing the carbon directly emitted or through electrical consumption by Microsoft sounds impressive, it doesn’t truly reflect the carbon emissions which Microsoft has enabled through the use of its technology.