A new report from TCO Development, Impacts and Insights: Circular IT Management in Practice, explains how IT products can be managed in a more circular and sustainable way.

The interest for sustainable and circular procurement of IT products is growing. Impacts and Insights: Circular IT Management in Practice investigates what the circular economy means for IT products — and how circular practices can be implemented by organizations that procure and use IT products.

The move toward a circular economy is a necessary paradigm shift that can help us meet many of today’s most pressing sustainability challenges linked to climate change, the depletion of natural resources and toxic e-waste. It will require both big and small changes. In the report, experts in the frontline of circularity and IT share 33 concrete tips.

“We want to go beyond theory — this report provides practical help for those who want to take the next step,” says Clare Hobby, Global Purchaser Engagement Director at TCO Development.

TCO Certified, generation 8 promotes circular practices. Focusing on product longevity, the certification requires that IT products are durable and can be upgraded, repaired, and recycled.

“TCO Certified includes criteria with a circular approach and can be used by both IT brands and purchasing organizations to get started with circularity,” says Sören Enholm, CEO at TCO Development.

“As more organizations want to implement sustainable and circular procurement practices, TCO Certified offers a business advantage for those IT brands that choose to adapt their manufacturing and product design to the comprehensive criteria in the certification,” he continues.