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Net Zero & Scope 3 Emissions

What are you doing to get ahead of reporting requirements around Net Zero & Scope 3?

As global awareness of climate change increases, corporations face pressing demands to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Achieving net zero—where the number of emissions produced is equal to the amount removed from the atmosphere—is becoming a strategic objective for companies committed to sustainable development. This balance is crucial not only for mitigating climate change but also for aligning with international agreements such as the Paris Accord.


Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions (direct and indirect emissions from purchased energy) have traditionally been the focus of corporate emission reduction strategies. However, Scope 3 emissions, which include all other indirect emissions that occur in a company’s value chain, are increasingly recognized as critical to comprehensive climate strategies. These emissions can originate from various sources, including business travel, procurement, waste generated in operations, leased assets, and the use and end-of-life treatment of sold products.

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The Significance of IT in Scope 3 Emissions

IT departments are uniquely positioned to influence Scope 3 emissions significantly. The pervasive role of technology across corporate operations means that IT procurement, management, and disposal practices can either contribute to or mitigate environmental impacts. The integration of IT in nearly all aspects of modern business grants these departments considerable leverage to promote sustainability.

Key Points of Influence:

Procurement Practices: IT equipment procurement decisions directly affect the environmental footprint of the technology lifecycle.

Energy Consumption: The choice of technologies and how they are managed can significantly impact the energy efficiency of corporate operations.

End-of-Life Management: Effective disposal and recycling of IT equipment can prevent harmful environmental impacts and reduce waste.

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Sustainable Procurement in IT

As corporations increasingly focus on reducing their environmental impact, sustainable procurement becomes a critical aspect of IT strategy. This approach involves selecting products and services that not only meet functional and financial criteria but also align with environmental sustainability goals. The aim is to minimize the negative impacts on the environment throughout the lifecycle of IT products, from manufacturing to disposal.

Key Elements of Sustainable Procurement:

Supplier Transparency: Encouraging or requiring suppliers to provide detailed information about the carbon footprint and environmental impact of their products. This transparency is crucial for making informed procurement decisions.

Product Lifecycle: Focusing on the entire lifecycle of products, including their energy efficiency, resource use, and end-of-life recyclability. Sustainable procurement aims to select products that offer the greatest environmental benefits throughout their lifecycle.

Standards and Certifications: Leveraging established environmental standards and certifications to guide procurement decisions. These standards help ensure that IT departments choose products that meet specific sustainability criteria.

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Strategies for Scope of Reduction in Scope 3 for IT

1.Adoption of Pre-Owned Products

Reliability and Efficiency: Solid state devices are more durable and energy-efficient than their mechanical counterparts. By adopting pre-owned solid state hardware, companies can reduce failures and energy use while extending the lifecycle of high-value assets.

Reduced Manufacturing Demand: This strategy significantly cuts down on the emissions associated with producing new hardware from scratch, including mining, manufacturing, and transportation.

Environmental Impact Example: To illustrate the potential environmental impact of new IT hardware production, consider the carbon footprint of manufacturing networking switches:

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