Why Sustainability Is So Important For Businesses? Green Arrow

In 1983 the United Nations invited Norway’s first female Prime Minister, Gro Harlem Brundtland to establish and chair the World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED). When the WCED released its final report, Our Common Future, it defined sustainability as “development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generation to meet their own needs.”

Why do we even need to consider sustainability?

Sustainability has finally become a more of a lifestyle and a better way of conducting business and not just a buzz word. A growing number of organisations are integrating sustainability into their business strategy – we’ve come to realise that we can do well by doing good. Green computing has become an absolute necessity, especially in your corporate social responsibility strategies.

Absolutely everything we do, use or consume has some sort of impact on the environment, including Information Technology. In fact, it is significantly more than most people realise. The global IT industry accounts for approximately 2% of global CO2 emissions – a figure equivalent to that of the aviation industry. Information & Communications Technology (ICT) is the fastest growing sector of energy use currently, while competition for energy is increasing across the globe.

The main environmental impacts of the IT industry are rooted in the manufacture, use and disposal of products. The IT industry also faces a challenge in reducing the impact of mining, the energy used in the manufacturing processes, and waste of resources in disposal, when it comes to the depletion of natural resources.

What is green computing and should you be investing in it?

Green computing is the emerging practice of using computing and information technology resources more efficiently while maintaining or improving overall performance. Aside from addressing the obvious environmental challenges, sustainability can actually drive business success.

So many of today’s investors use Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) metrics when they want to establish the ethical impact and sustainability practices of an organisation. In fact, research shows that sustainability initiatives can help improve a business’s financial performance while stimulating public support

What possible solutions are there?

Even though the IT industry has significant environmental impact with it’s increasing energy demands and carbon emissions, the solution IS sustainability within the industry and more efficient technology. CIOs and IT managers have always been pressed on the ROI of their projects and investments but increasingly, IT specifically, is being held more accountable for their environmental footprint and energy consumption.

With sustainability being our core focus at C2KIT, we have elected to only supply remanufactured and refurbished IT equipment. For every 1000 remanufactured laptops sold, 190 000 litres of water are saved and 1 200 tonnes of e-waste are prevented. In addition, and most importantly, 980 tonnes of CO2 emissions are either prevented or removed from the atmosphere.

IT equipment is an essential part of every business and organisation and by choosing from our range of Remanufactured and Refurbished products, not only will you reduce your IT budget significantly, you will also be reducing your environmental footprint.