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Purchase equipment that is upgradable / recyclable

SDG Alignment

9. Build Resilient Infrastructure, Promote Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialization and Foster Innovation

UN SDG Target


Target Description

By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities

Level of Effort

Level of Effort Scale


1 -Quick Wins: solution involves adding criteria for the good or service being purchased (ex: certifications), minimal internal process changes.

2 -Long Term Adoption: solution requires some changes to internal processes and/or more capital investment (ex: digital transformation to reduce paper use).

3 – Disruptive Opportunities: requires significant investment and changes to internal processes (ex: retrofitting building)

Category Assessment


Internal indicators:

1. Assess the total life cycle cost of equipment (purchase cost, deployment cost, operating cost, disposal cost).

2. Evaluate the impact of the equipment on the business.

3. Identify the volume of devices currently in stock and the volume percentage of those devices in use.

4. Identify the frequency of maintenance and retired state of devices.
Tools/calculators: European Union life cycle cost analysis for different devices (link provided in resources)

5. Analyze the environmental impact and score for life cycle management for other devices

6. Search for purchasing alternatives to your hardware that are recyclable and upgradable.

Opportunity Identification 

Reduce the cost of purchasing new equipment. Promote a brand image based on goodwill and develop scope to market such e-waste management of products.

Proper E-waste management reduces the quantity shipped to developing countries for disposal, where unsafe practices often lead to toxic substances found in the equipment (lead, mercury) contaminate the water systems and cause health concerns.

Strategy Build & Execution

1. Use the environmental impact calculator for life cycle management to evaluate the commercial and environmental impact of switching. (Linked in resources)

2. Build and schedule system dependencies and the logistics of the hardware upgrading/lifecycle/recycling process.

3. Check supplier reports, certifications, and qualifications to identify whether recycling initiatives tallies with their qualifications and credentials.

4. Purchase products monitor quality and supplier certifications regularly.

Supplier Negotiation & Contract

1. Negotiate with suppliers on value-added components in their service including shipping and handling, installation (product), and recycling.

2. Establish Contract Supplier Performance Measures where possible.

3. Ask the supplier for visibility into conflict minerals reporting, ISO-14001, ISO 9001, and ROHS compliance. If commercially feasible, consider negotiating the downstream, product end of life recuperation program with the supplier. Depending on the OEM/reseller, they might derive value in receiving technology end of life.

4. Include quality assurance and warranty clauses in the contract to ensure an extended higher quality of the product.

5. Consider purchasing in bulk to maximize leverage.

Supplier Performance & Management

Review the hardware's criticality and perform an impact assessment to ensure dependencies are understood. Once after, create a contingency plan to upgrade systems, which includes risk mitigation clauses in the contract (ex - if the system is down, provision of switching to a backup server automatically)

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