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Hardware manufacturers criticized for ecological double standards • The Register

Hardware manufacturers are currently in the mix when it comes to the environmental sustainability issue, in part through “punishment” and competition with resellers trying to sell refurbished kits.

“Suppliers are claiming their commitment to the circular economy and reducing waste in the supply chain, but all of you in the supplier community are still motivated and paid to sell new products,” said Alastair Edwards, principal analyst at Canalys.

He spoke at the analyst’s EMEA Channel Forum, held in Barcelona, ​​to an IT audience that included brands from across the industry including Dell, HPE, Schneider Electric and hundreds more, as well as distributors, resellers and other third party vendors technology .

“We are seeing vendors holding back channel partners’ ability to sell refurbished and used IT products by not recognizing those products in compensation schemes and targets. This leads to immense frustration,” Edwards added.

Legislation will be an important factor in changing the commercial mindset as public sector tenders in France require government departments and agencies to include refurbished equipment.

“Other countries will follow, but today distributors are effectively penalized for selling these refurbished products,” the analyst said. “The other problem is a lack of standards for the disposal of IT assets and the failure to agree on data standards for carbon emissions.”

Earlier this month, the Financial Times reported on the amount of drives that get shredded rather than erased during a data center upgrade. Microsoft, AWS, along with banks, police services, and government agencies are all guilty, the article claims.

Felice Alfieri, a European Commission official who co-authored a paper on the environmental sustainability of data centers, said: “From a data security perspective, you don’t have to shred.” She advocates “data erasure” rather than shredding drives.

Canalys’ Edwards added: “We are seeing storage devices being shredded rather than reused because there is no agreement on privacy standards. And in terms of emissions. The industry is getting better at measuring Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions, but vendors are failing customers and partners when it comes to the most critical Scope 3 emissions, which have measured the entire manufacturing and supply chain process.”

The British Computer Society said last year that the top concern for some of its members is reducing e-waste, and that vendors’ relentless product upgrade cycles are part of the problem.

“Rather than relying on new equipment as soon as we have a breakdown, ‘right to repair’ legislation should make it easier for people to extend the life of their equipment. If your car’s starter failed, you would go to the shop and get a new part instead of throwing the car away,” Alex Bardell, Chair of the BCS Green IT Specialist Group, told us.

Edwards of Canalys told sellers on the forum:

“Reward your partners for selling refurbished products instead of trying to compete with them. We are absolutely aware of the challenges this creates for you in the provider community. Your shareholders want you to sell new products, but that’s no excuse for today’s shareholders about what that means tomorrow.”

Vendors need to start reporting sales of refurbished products and the number of products they take back, Canalys said.

It is estimated that by 2025 the IT industry will account for eleven percent of global energy consumption. “In other words, sustainability is more than just an ethical argument, it’s an economic imperative.”

The channel should also be in the sustainability spotlight, he said, and as well as being committed to selling the sustainability message, they also need to look at their own business and the role they play in energy use.

“We are just the beginning of a sustainable technology revolution that will create lucrative opportunities for all of you in this space,” he said. “But to be credible to your customers, you need to be a more sustainable business yourself as a partner.” ® Hardware manufacturers criticized for ecological double standards • The Register

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