Squaring up to a circular IT strategy

With today’s emphasis on environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) weighing heavy on the minds of C-suite IT directors everywhere, the need to embrace the principles of the circular economy is front of mind in enterprises across the spectrum - CMO of mixed IT asset specialist PlanITROI has some sage advice to share.

Wooden cubes; the symbols of circular economy and a potted plant in the background

The circular economy is with us. Although it’s a term that nobody would have intuitively understood a decade or so ago, we all now appreciate the need for enterprises to surface a conscious and ethically sound approach to environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG). Part of that ESG drive for many businesses now is embracing the circular economy.

Defined as a model of production, consumption and usage that champions sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing and recycling materials, products and some services, the circular economy lends itself well to the world of information technology. So much is this the case that we actually adopt, own and reclassify the term itself and now talk about circular computing.

With images of trashed laptops, desktops and monitors going to recycling plants in our minds, circular IT is not about melting down keyboard plastic to make drinking bottles. It concerns a more fundamental shift in use during the working life of hardware and in fact software too.

Mind your ARS

The most commonly used industry definition for tech product circularity is IT Asset Disposition/Disposal (ITAD) or the somewhat unfortunately named Asset Recovery System (ARS) approach. Both are strategies designed to help the environment. But IT asset disposal doesn't have to be an expensive dead end argues Matt Barker in his role as chief marketing officer (CMO) of mixed IT asset specialist PlanITROI

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