As economies and sectors recover from the pandemic investment in new technologies and devices is growing, but circularity must be a paramount consideration.
A study by independent managed service provider Espria has found that the market for refurbished IT systems is increasing, with 80% of MSPs reporting they have bought recycled and reused equipment, and 30% in the process of buying such devices.
Not only can refurbished models offer incredible value for money, and often only a slight compromise on performance compared with the latest models, the environmental benefits are huge. E-waste now accounts for more than 50 million metric tons , and the issue is often considered a hidden problem, with old kit winding up in landfills where it is difficult to assess and catalogue.
‘Many refurbished equipment providers offer extended warranties and maintenance services that can provide businesses with peace of mind,’ said Steve Dickinson, Head of Supply Chain at Espria. ‘This shift in attitude towards refurbished IT equipment is driven by several factors, including cost savings and environmental sustainability with BSI accreditation. Refurbished technology is often as reliable as brand-new equipment, making it an attractive business option.
‘In the past few years we’ve seen the lead times for the supply of new equipment extended due to chip shortages. During Covid we saw demand go through the roof as people worked from home which resulted in significant delays in new equipment manufacturing, with some orders taking several months to fulfil. To avoid this current crisis, some businesses have opted for refurbished IT equipment, which is readily available and can be deployed within days,’ he continued. ‘Purchasing refurbished IT equipment benefits businesses and the environment. Keeping electronic devices in circulation for an extended period minimises the environmental impact and prevents them from ending up in landfills. This is a cost-effective and environmentally responsible way of promoting sustainable consumption.’
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