5 tips to improve the carbon footprint of your computer equipment

31 March 2023

There are good practices for limiting the IT carbon footprint of your BtoB fleet, which are all ways to put the management of your IT fleet at the heart of your CSR policy!

The life cycle of professional computer equipment extends from the extraction of the raw materials necessary for its manufacture to its dismantling, and is extended by its recycling or reuse in the best of cases, its abandonment in the worst. .

Throughout this life cycle, various stages will produce CO2, in particular the manufacture of products which represents no less than 80% of carbon emissions in the case of a smartphone for example.

We give you our advice:

Repair your IT fleet for a better IT carbon footprint

Choosing to repair your equipment rather than replacing it means extending the life of your business IT equipment. This delays the manufacture of a new device and avoids electronic waste.

Why opt for a maintenance contract? Because a contract adapted to your needs and your b2b IT fleet will make the repair systematic. You avoid the logistics and human time involved in budgeting around repairs, you are guaranteed that your devices (and especially the data they contain!) are secure during repairs, and this results in a lower breakage rate. .
Knowing that it is during the manufacture of equipment that the majority of co2 emissions are concentrated, maintenance is an effective lever for improving the carbon footprint of your b2b mobile fleet.

Have a global vision of the management of your mobile fleet

For a virtuous management of its IT park and to have an impact on its carbon footprint, a key element is the follow-up of its park: are the models that you choose adapted to the needs of your employees? Are there models that provide better durability? The breakage rate, for example, can give you good indications on this. In general, having a global vision of your fleet facilitates the maintenance, recovery and even the end of life of your professional smartphones, business tablets or professional computer. A platform like Green Desk centralizes these elements and gives you access to these valuable insights in just a few clicks.

Take back and recover your end-of-life equipment to improve your IT carbon footprint

What options are there for the end of life of your unused professional equipment? They can be thrown away, lost, tucked away in a drawer or stored in a cupboard ‘just in case’ for several years… but they can also be upcycled or recycled! It is only in these last two cases that you can have a positive impact on the IT carbon footprint. In fact, by giving a second life to your btob devices, you avoid having to manufacture a new device, you make it possible to extend the life cycle of the devices as much as possible and, when they can no longer be reused, the materials are reinjected into the manufacturing circuit through recycling. A real virtuous circle!

Outsource your equipment inventory

Possible arrival of a new employee, breakage, loss of a company smartphone… there are many reasons to have a stock of professional smartphones, company tablets or professional computers in your company. However, this is a false good idea: these reasons are all possible, and until they occur your stock devalues (and rather quickly). Our solution: outsource your stock! A company like Remober offers to manage the stock of equipment for you. You do not suffer the devaluation of your stock of devices while benefiting from its advantages when you actually need them.

Buy (or rent) refurbished equipment

Last of the action levers for a more sustainable fleet with a reduced IT carbon footprint: responsible IT purchasing. It is not necessarily a question of going 100% refurbished! But it can be an excellent resource for additional fleet. A solution that will allow you to keep a homogeneous fleet longer, to free yourself from the roadmaps of manufacturers, while avoiding the manufacture of new products.

Leasing is also a good reflex for your specific needs.

To conclude, the management of your corporate IT fleet is a powerful lever for your CSR policy. It is possible to act throughout the life cycle of your equipment to limit the ecological impact of your corporate IT fleet and improve its IT carbon footprint. These actions mainly involve three pillars: maintenance of your IT fleet, responsible purchasing, and end-of-life management of your equipment.