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Green IT is common sense

For us, protecting the environment is a matter of honour, and cooperation with Tier1 Asset helps to make the environment greener and shows that you and your company take responsibility for the environment. We believe that green IT is common sense, and it doesn’t cost anything to do a little extra for the environment. We are working on recycling as much of the equipment we receive as possible. This reduces the amount of electronic waste, and the environment is under less stress.

Tier1 Asset uses only environmentally certified partners, so we are sure that all our waste is destroyed in an environmentally sound manner. We also have a sales policy that no equipment can be sold for less than $10 USD. This enables us to ensure that our equipment and yours will not be sold to customers who are not environmentally certified. We also have a distribution policy not to sell to countries or customers who do not have a waste policy.

The serious environmental problems

The serious environmental problems
Electronic waste is distinct from household waste in several ways. It contains dangerous substances that, when discarded, can create serious environmental problems unless properly treated. These are lead, cadmium, mercury, brominated flame retardant plastic and PBC – polychlorinated biphenyls. The environmental impact of incineration and disposal of electronic waste is far greater than from domestic waste. The growth of electronic waste is around 5% per year and is four times greater than that of household waste.

Effects of the large amount of electronic waste

In the EU alone 8.7 million tons of electronic waste are produced each year, but only 2.1 million tons are collected and recycled in a controlled system. Nobody knows exactly what is happening with the remaining 75%. Evidence suggests that some of the waste ends up as an illegal flow of electronic waste from the West primarily to Africa and Asia, where local buyers are ready to purchase the waste to resell metals, such as iron and lead. Greenpeace Nordic has pointed out that electronic waste contains hazardous chemicals and should be handled with care, but the West passes along part of the problem to Africa and Asia anyway.

Effects of obsolete technology

Current production worldwide is 100 million computers a year and more than a billion computers have been put on the market since the beginning of information technology in 1975. Constant renewal of the computer stock is necessary because the machinery and technology become obsolete so quickly. Production and consumption of electronic equipment is one of the fastest growing industries in the world.

There has also been a growing recognition of the problems arising in the wake of an expanding IT market – namely the increasing environmental pressure due to increasing energy consumption and problems with the increased amount of electronic waste.

Did you know…
– the production of a single PC requires 1.7 tons of raw materials and water?
Did you know…
– The international research company Gartner has estimated that IT, globally, contributing as much CO2 emissions as the entire airline industry, which is estimated to be responsible for two percent of the total CO2 emissions.
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