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COMPUTER EQUIPMENT AND ACCESSORIES

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

Purchase equipment that is upgradable / recyclable

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SDG Alignment

Target Description

Level of Effort

UN SDG Target

9.4

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

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Assessment

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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
Analyze the environmental impact and score for life cycle management for different devices

Opportunity

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Economic Impact:
An estimated 15% of e-waste is recycled, despite the economic benefit that results from the recovery (especially from precious metals). In 2019, the value of raw materials in e-waste generated was estimated at $57 billion USD. E-waste is a growing challenge matching the growth of the Information & Communication Technology (ICT) Industry.

Environmental Impact:
The prediction is that the world would generate 74.7 Mt of e-waste by 2030. In 2019, 82.6% was not collected or handled in an environmentally sound manner. Without a better system in place, there could be serious consequences due to the toxic substances involved in e-waste leading to - A total of 50t of mercury and 71 Kt of BFR (Brominated Flame Retardant) plastics are found in globally undocumented flows of e-waste annually.

Social impact:
E-waste is shipped illegally to developing countries for disposal, where unsafe practices are used to extract the toxic but valuable substances within them (includes lead, and mercury). This causes immense concern for the involved individuals' health and safety.

Strategy Build & Execution

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(1) Search for purchasing alternatives to your hardware that are recyclable and upgradable.
(2) Use the environmental impact calculator for life cycle management to evaluate the commercial and environmental impact of switching.
(3) Evaluate system dependencies and the logistics of the hardware upgrading/lifecycle/recycling process.
(4) Check supplier reports, certifications, and qualifications, to identify whether recycling initiatives tallies with their qualifications and certifications.
(5) Purchase products monitor quality and supplier certifications regularly.

Supplier Negotiation & Contract

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(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

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Integrate annual checks for conflict mineral reporting, compliance with warranty/quality assurance clauses, energy-saving initiatives, CO2 emissions, and WEEE directive regulations (UK)
Risks:
(1) Investment in product maintenance/upgrade could exceed costs compared to the purchase of new products.
(2) Additional system dependencies could increase risk.
Mitigation:
(1) Use the above calculator to compare the cost of purchasing a modularized/upgradable/recyclable equipment
(2) Review the criticality of the hardware 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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