How leaders can reduce the environmental impact of e-waste

How leaders can reduce the environmental impact of e-waste

The impact of e-waste (e-waste) on our environment is a significant concern, especially as companies around the world increase the use of electronic devices to innovate and attract new talent. Today, nearly 7 out of 10 US IT leaders are replacing devices prematurely and, even more, nearly half (41.6%) replace cell phones, PDAs and wearables simply for a brilliant new model.

Changes can be made to IT departments to reduce corporate e-waste and introduce green IT solutions that reduce the negative impact of IT operations on the environment. As Shash Anand, SOTI’s vice president of product strategy points out, it starts with leadership’s knowledge of a device’s lifespan. The longer the device life, the fewer hardware replacements IT departments make, saving leaders’ capital and positively impacting the environment. For those looking to make the necessary changes, Shash recommends the following small steps to adapt and adapt your sustainability practices.

Extend the life of mobile devices with their batteries

When companies have a mix of new and older devices to manage among their workforce, their natural inclination may simply be to upgrade older devices. But just like a car, regular maintenance and servicing can keep devices clean and extend their life.

The same idea applies to Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solutions, according to Anand. He adds, “Having visibility into each device, plus a snapshot of what is needed to increase battery life, helps teams save capital and start properly maintaining the lifespan of their devices at scale. Some tips for better battery management include shorter downtime, using data to predict when batteries will fail, whether they will last a full shift when to replace them, and using battery dashboards to monitor the number of battery cycles. charge and temperature changes “.

Avoid shipping hardware

Due to the shift to a more hybrid work model, workers are scattered across various locations or working remotely, making the process of repairing a cumbersome device with many back and forth between the user and the IT department. Not only does this take time, it is also an unnecessary burden on the environment with packaging, shipping and fuel costs.

The new way, as Anand describes, involves using a diagnostic intelligence tool that helps avoid shipping costs, reduces environmental impact, and saves IT and end-user time. For example, when devices go down, it’s easier, faster, and greener to diagnose this information remotely rather than sending it back and forth. Not to mention that most of the time it’s a software problem.

Recycle and dispose of electronic waste properly

As the SOTI report points out, 51.6% of IT leadership will prematurely replace tablets and laptops. And if asked for no reason, 38.2% will replace cell phones, PDAs and wearables, bringing wearables to the top of the list as 71% of the most discarded devices.

With the latest and greatest devices launching every couple of months, it’s common for leaders to think about the business need the latest technology. Often it is not necessary to update a device simply because it is the latest. Here are some ways leaders can reuse or recycle devices.

  • Share devices among workers: Are there other departments within the organization that could use and reuse devices? Maybe replace a pen and paper process with a mobile device.
  • Donate devices you no longer need: the devices no longer work for the workers or the company, but are they still in good condition? Find a nonprofit or small business that could benefit from using these devices. Make sure to delete them and log out of any accounts before handing them in to ensure data security and privacy are maintained.
  • Research where in the community electronics can be recycled – if devices can’t be reused or donated, be sure to recycle them properly. The simplest step IT departments can take to reduce electronic waste is to ensure that all electronic devices are disposed of properly.
  • Just like washing containers before they go to the trash, it’s vital that you clean and empty your old device before recycling it. EMM solutions can easily clean their devices to ensure corporate data is not leaked.

Green IT is good business for IT departments, for companies and, of course, for the planet. Sustainability initiatives like Green IT don’t have to be bulky. With some focus on sustainability, IT departments can add new and evolving goals to their sustainability practices, while leaders increase currently low annual budgets and reduce the number of device replacements.


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