3stepIT Sustainability Report 2019 - Page 6



About us
Context
We take care of the world’s technology. Our mission is to make
organisations more sustainable – at every step.
Over the past three decades, global internet access and usage has
grown exponentially. With billions of people now online, the UN has even
declared access to the web a human right. This unprecedented access
has seen an explosion in the number of electronic devices.
At the moment, IT purchase is stuck in an old, linear model, with hardware largely bought, used, and thrown away. That’s not
environmentally sustainable. Our Technology Lifecycle Management service helps business to take care of their technology in three
simple steps - acquire, manage and refresh.
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Manage
Our enhanced asset management tool puts
customers in control, making monitoring device
health simple and alerting them when equipment
performance dips. Our preventative service support
can then keep mission-critical devices and systems
in service, performing as they should, whatever
happens.
As people become more connected, businesses also need more
technology to help them reach and respond to customers,
compete on efficiency, attract top talent and remain profitable.
The problem is, each new piece of IT requires energy to
manufacture and run, then ultimately ends up as e-waste once it
needs replacing.
The average laptop has a carbon footprint of around 300kg1,
taking into account its original manufacture, packaging, shipping
and electricity consumption in-use. When you think that
even the smallest business needs a phone and a laptop, tablet
or desktop, the corporate contribution to e-waste and global
emissions quickly starts to add up.
52.2 million
metric tonnes of e-waste
a year by 2021.1
The three steps
to better IT
management
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Acquire
Refresh
We provide flexible finance solutions to help
businesses acquire IT assets. Instead of a large,
upfront capital outlay, our customers have a
smaller, monthly payment. That allows them
to update kit when they need to, helping them
compete and become more efficient.
We take back IT that companies no
longer need, refurbish it, and then sell
it to a new user, giving it a second life.
This reduces the IT’s carbon footprint
and e-waste while allowing our
customers to keep their IT up to date.
Out of 1000 organisations
asked, half still destroyed
their devices or dumped
them in landfill.
Many causes of climate change seem too big to tackle but there
is a solution to e-waste we can all play a part in. Businesses can
consume technology more responsibly by using our Technology
Lifecycle Management service.
The good news is that there is a movement towards change in
this area as the leading IT managers begin to adopt a new way of
thinking that, perhaps for the first time, sees the IT department
making a positive contribution to a company’s sustainability
ambitions.
Giving a device a second life after its first use reduces the need
to manufacture another from scratch. This halves its carbon
footprint by spreading it across multiple users. 3stepIT resells
98% of returned devices, with our customers typically using their
refreshed devices for a further four years. This offers a potential
49% e-waste reduction – based on an external survey (see
Appendix 1) - and a 36% reduction in CO2e compared to single-use.
This report explains how we do it and the other advantages
for customer companies who use our Technology Lifecycle
Management services.
98%
3stepIT resells 98% of returned devices, with
our customers typically using their refreshed
devices for a further four years.
In fact, e-waste is the world’s fastest-growing waste stream
according to the UN, predicted to produce 52.2 million metric
tonnes of waste a year by 20212.
The problem is, many businesses have not realised their IT could
be acquired, managed and refreshed in a much more sustainable
way. Our 2019 survey of 1,000 organisations in Northern Europe
found that more than 50% destroy or dump used devices. Only
around half the e-waste in Europe is even collected3.
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See Appendix 1
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The Global E-waste Monitor 2017
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Eurostat statistics explained: Electrical and electronic equipment put on the market and waste EEE collected and treated, EU-28, 2010–2016, February 2019
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