Stockholm University has worked together with Inrego
to design a new approach to increase the reuse of computers and IT equipment
and create a more sustainable IT environment.
So far about 800 computers and other IT products have been able to be sent for reuse from the University which has created an environmental saving of 28,477 kilos of carbon dioxide.
"Reuse is a very important part of our work to create efficient and sustainable IT operations, and is very much more effective than, for example, switching to more energy efficient thin clients," says Erik Håkansson, Project Manager at the IT & Media department at the University of Stockholm.
Last year Erik Håkansson had the task of creating a new so-called workplace service. The aim was to streamline the work of supplying the 6,800 employees with IT equipment and infrastructure, and cover the entire process, from purchasing and IT migration to customer service, support and reuse.
Moving towards a more sustainable IT environment was high on the agenda and an important goal was to begin working more actively with reuse, which is also highlighted in the university's environmental handbook.
"We also needed to get better control of where the equipment goes when it is phased out and ensure that the data on the storage media is deleted in a secure manner so that no information falls into the wrong hands."
The University contracted Inrego to manage the logistics of IT migration in operations, which includes preparing new computers, onsite distribution and installation, removing old equipment, deleting data and reselling the equipment.
When the old computers were replaced the University could also explain where the equipment had gone and that it would be used again in a different context.
"Previously, IT migration was perceived as somewhat troublesome, but with the new model we have received a very positive response and our cooperation with Inrego works very smoothly. We also get money back on all of the products which are reused. Normally, you pay to get rid of the equipment so this is a big bonus."
In total, Stockholm University has been able to reuse 460 computers, 287 monitors and around 50 servers, printers and other products. The environmental savings through reuse now amount to 28,477 kg of carbon dioxide. This represents the energy needed to heat a flat for 108 years.
"Now we are going to launch the model on a wide scale. At the same time we are looking at the possibility of buying reconditioned IT, both to save money and contribute to a more sustainable business."