3stepIT Sustainability Report 2019 - Page 12



Environmental
responsibility
Embracing the circular economy
Currently, most IT is part of a linear consumption economy:
you take raw materials, make products, use them and dispose
of them. Our vision is for a better, greener ‘circular economy’.
Instead of disposing of IT products after one period of ownership,
you refurbish and give them a second life. Only the few products
or components that cannot be re-used or re-made are recycled,
with uses found for the materials released.
We subscribe to the principles of the Ellen Macarthur Foundation
which works to build a framework for an economy that is
restorative and regenerative by design. As a member of this
organisation, we subscribe to a circular economy business model
and help our customers to adopt that model in the way they use IT.
Adopting globally recognised goals:
our guiding principles
Our operations
Energy use in our refurbishment operations
There are two ways we can make a positive impact: using more renewable energy sources
and reducing demand by improving efficiency. We try to maximise both to cut our emissions
and play our part in protecting the environment.
The eventual target is for all our ISO 14001 certified locations to use only green electricity. So
far we have achieved this in five of our six locations:
The UN Global Compact
In May 2019, 3stepIT was delighted to be accepted as a signatory
to The United Nations Global Compact. This voluntary initiative
invites CEOs to commit to implementing universal green
principles and undertake partnerships in support of UN goals.
Ski, Norway
Tampere, R&D, Finland
Enköping, Sweden
Vantaa, Finland
Klavreström, Sweden
Helsinki, HQ, Finland
100% Green Electricity
(Fjordkraft)
We chose four UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to guide
our priorities:
It means being committed to reducing our reliance on raw
materials and limiting the impact of our consumption on the
planet, by ensuring products remain in use for as long as possible.
100% Green Electricity
(Technopolis Oy)
100% Green Electricity
(Mälarenergi)
Mixed (28% renewable)
(Vantaan Energia)
100% Green Electricity
(Scandem)
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SDG #4: Provide quality education
SDG #10: Reduce inequalities
In 2019, we established a mandatory training programme on
business ethics. Our training programmes cover 3stepIT’s
environmentally responsible processes and ambitions. In 2019 we
introduced UN Global Compact educational materials to enrich
the education programme for our production team. We also
reward our interns fairly and offer flexible work arrangements so
they can continue their academic or technical training.
By providing reconditioned IT equipment at prices below the
cost of new alternatives, we help bridge the digital divide,
empowering more people through technology. Our products
enable educators to invest in more IT equipment for students.
In 2019, 3stepIT worked with charities that provide used
equipment to schools and marginalised groups (see ‘Using our IT
refurbishment skills to support charities section below). We also
encourage and enable our people to contribute to charities and
make a difference by reducing their environmental impact. (See
‘Our people’ section.)
SDG #5: Promote and respect diversity
and aim for gender equality
SDG #12: Responsible consumption
and production
We want 3stepIT to be free from discrimination and harassment,
whether based on race, colour, religion, gender, gender-identity or
expression, sexual orientation, national or social origin, genetics,
disability, political beliefs or any factors unrelated to 3stepIT’s
legitimate business interests. If any discrimination is seen, we
ask that concerns are reported. We do not tolerate retaliation
against anyone who reports in good faith. Our CEO and CIO, both
women, work to advance diversity within 3stepIT and in the
wider industry.
Our circular economy business model helps other organisations
use IT more responsibly. As Technology Lifecycle Management
experts, we ensure ¬that returned devices are securely refurbished
and reused where possible. Each reused device displaces the
manufacture of a new one, reducing the carbon footprint per year
of device use. (See ‘Our business impact’ section above)
100% Renewable Electricity
(Energia Myynti Suomi Oy)
Reducing energy consumption
The principles of economies of scale apply to energy consumption. By increasing IT
refurbishment production at our sites, we reduce energy consumption per unit produced
(see kWh/unit decline in diagram).
Energy use for device refurbishing in Klavreström
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
Devices handled
38,646
50972
65019
78956
98885
103600
173180
220324
221018
231453
kWh used
237,767
224,494
210618
205324
216719
180588
212314
233585
239418
219325
kWh / unit
6.15
4.40
3.24
2.60
2.19
1.74
1.23
1.06
1.08
0.95
This table shows consistent improvement in energy use per refurbished device. This is currently only measured at our centre in Sweden,
with the intention to extend the measurement to all European refurbishing centres.
Focused on long-term efficiency, we improved our systems to reduce waste. We also
enhanced scheduling and made it easy to ‘switch off’ a centre to minimise overnight energy
consumption.
In 2019, we introduced a repair programme using parts salvaged
from e-waste to improve or refurbishment rates of production.
(See ‘The Klavreström repair programme’ above.)
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