This opinion piece is published by GreenBiz

By managing the life cycle of IT products such as notebook computers differently, your organization can address some of the world’s most urgent sustainability issues.

Today, our way of producing and using information technology contributes to sustainability problems such as the overuse of scarce, natural resources and the massive exposure of hazardous substances to humans and the environment.

The circular economy offers powerful solutions that can help address these issues. This article focuses on how your organization can purchase and manage IT products, specifically notebook computers, in a circular way — a strategy that can benefit your company’s sustainability agenda and that could lead to financial benefits as well.

Extending product life cuts CO2 emissions

An important tenet of circular economy business model is to keep products and materials in use as long as possible. This is definitely something to think about when it comes to the notebook computers your organization purchases and uses.

IT products are a source of greenhouse gases (GHGs) throughout their entire life cycle — from manufacturing through to distribution, use and disposal. To identify the best way of lowering these emissions, you need to know where they come from.

In the report, “Impacts and Insights: Circular IT Management in Practice”, TCO Development investigates the GHG output from the manufacturing, distribution, use and disposal of a notebook computer and how purchasing a new one impacts GHG emissions, compared with extending the life of an existing device.

The analysis concludes that a vast