Clare Hobby, director of purchaser engagement at TCO Development, explores the unique position of purchasers when it comes to their influence over the development of more sustainable products.

This opinion piece is published by Data Center Review

IT product sourcing is no longer just a function of price and performance. Sustainability is increasingly coming into play as a determining factor in supply contracts for computers and other electronic devices. For organisations in the public and private sector, how we purchase, use and handle electronics also connects with big picture sustainability goals for climate, waste reduction and social responsibility. While these topics are on the minds of users and industry alike, purchasers have a unique power to influence the development of more sustainable products.