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Sony Wants to Have Zero Environmental Footprint by 2030

Sony Wants to Have Zero Environmental Footprint by 2030 | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it
Sony has announced that it is accelerating its goal of achieving carbon neutrality across all of its divisions by 10 years, from the initial goal of doing so by 2040 with a new target of 2030.

The company also plans to gain carbon neutrality across its entire value chain — every company it works with — by 2040, a reduction of time from its previous goal of 2050.

Sony says it has pursued environmental initiatives since the early 1990s, but in 2010 announced its “Road to Zero” long-term environmental plan to help realize a sustainable society by achieving a zero environmental footprint throughout the life cycle of Sony’s products and business activities by the year 2050.
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Prince of Packaging, HP, snaps up zero-plastic bottle maker

Prince of Packaging, HP, snaps up zero-plastic bottle maker | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it

Patented plastic-free tech from Choose Packaging

Paragon of packetry HP has acquired Choose Packaging, inventor of a zero-plastic paper bottle.

Choose's patented tech can hold a variety of liquids and represents an alternative to plastic bottles. "There are more than 150 million tons of single-use plastics produced each year," said the printer and laptop maker, "and HP intends to disrupt this market with fiber-based, 100 per cent plastic-free packaging."

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IT leaders recognise sustainability as a key objective in business

IT leaders recognise sustainability as a key objective in business | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it
Coeus Consulting has announced findings from new research – ‘The critical role of technology leaders in delivering on sustainability targets’. The report found that 90% of IT leaders surveyed, recognise sustainability as a key IT objective within their organisation and 88% of organisations already have an IT sustainability strategy in place. 

The majority of respondents (85%) also agreed that their organisation needs to be doing more when it comes to IT sustainability. What’s more, 80% agreed that IT and sustainability are intrinsically linked and that IT has a large impact on sustainability at their organisation.
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The role of technology leaders in delivering sustainability targets

The role of technology leaders in delivering sustainability targets | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it
A study conducted by IT advisory firm Coeus Consulting has found that 90% of IT leaders recognise sustainability as a key IT objective within their operations.

The study The critical role of technology leaders in delivering on sustainability targets also found that 88% of organisations surveyed have an IT sustainability strategy in place.

The majority of respondents (85%) also agreed that their organisation needs to be doing more when it comes to IT sustainability. What’s more, 80% agreed that IT and sustainability are intrinsically linked and that IT has a large impact on sustainability at their organisation.  
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Huawei to sell large capacity battery for renewable energy in Japan

Huawei to sell large capacity battery for renewable energy in Japan | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it
With the growing demand for renewable energy, large-scale battery storage will be needed to conserve the power for a stable supply. According to NikkeiAsia, Huawei will start selling the large-scale battery system for renewable energy storage in Japan in March 2022.

As per the information, Japan is moving away from fossil fuels and shifting to renewable energy. The nation aims to have renewables account for 36% to 38% of energy generation by 2030. The lack of additional capacity in its power grid makes facilities for temporary storage that much more important.

However, Huawei is already a supplier of the small household battery system in Japan. Now, the Chinese tech maker will purchase small battery packs from CATL and bundle them into shipping container-sized units that can each store 2,000 kilowatt-hours of energy — roughly 200 times as much as a standard home battery.

Also, the container capacity can be adjusted based on the buyer’s needs. To be mentioned, Huawei is stepping its feet in the renewable power storage system sector, which is also already occupied by Tesla. Since last year, Tesla has been selling its own large battery system in Japan.
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Circularity Indicators in an Electrical Circular Economy

Circularity Indicators in an Electrical Circular Economy | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it
Transitioning from a linear to a circular economy has been widely envisioned as a key strategy to significantly improve the sustainability of human society. To investigate the adoption of circularity indicators in the electrical and electronic industries, a paper has been published in the Sustainability.
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Dell, Google, Others Join New Electronics Partnership to Develop Circular Economy

Dell, Google, Others Join New Electronics Partnership to Develop Circular Economy | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it

Top electronics companies, along with a slew of global organizations, have joined together to launch the Circular Electronics Partnership with a goal of developing a circular economy for electronics by 2030. The companies — including Cisco, Dell, Google, KPMG International, and others — represent nearly $6 trillion total market cap.

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HP wants half of suppliers to join ethical programme

HP has unveiled a new assessment, resource and training programme for suppliers aimed at driving sustainability across its supply chain.

The HP Amplify Impact programme has been set up to promote the company’s goal of becoming the most sustainable technology firm by 2030.

The programme’s three pillars include: planet, which focuses on climate change; people, which emphasises human rights and social justice; and community, which aims to bridge the digital divide between those with access and those who do not have it.

HP said “partners” who pledge to join the programme “will work with HP to assess their own practices while tapping into the company’s extensive investments and initiatives”.

The company aims for half of its suppliers to enrol in the voluntary programme by 2025.
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Huawei is firmly committed to the European Green Deal

Huawei is firmly committed to the European Green Deal | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it
The European Commission has set an ambitious objective for the European Union, to become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, and Huawei is firmly committed to the Green Deal, writes Jorge Vega Sanchez, of the public affairs and communications department, Western Europe at Huawei Technologies.

The European Green Deal is an action plan that would allow the EU to become a global green leader and improve global environmental standards. However, to fulfil this aim, the EU will need not only to invest in environmentally-friendly technologies, but also to count on Europe-based key technology companies, such as Huawei.
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How Samsung is Shaping a Sustainable Future with Responsible Innovations

How Samsung is Shaping a Sustainable Future with Responsible Innovations | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it
Samsung is committed to achieving a greener future by improving our sustainability and reducing our environmental and carbon footprint. As such, we have made significant investments to minimize the ecological impact of our operations, accelerate the design and development of green technology, apply circular economy principles, and guide consumers in making socially conscious decisions. Recently, at First Look 2021, CES 2021 and Galaxy UNPACKED 2021 we unveiled several purposeful innovations meant to create a positive long-term impact on our planet.
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A circular economy could end waste – at the cost of our privacy

A circular economy could end waste – at the cost of our privacy | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it
To make this process profitable, the manufacturers of complex items such as vehicles are likely to use advanced internet-based data systems that can track components and products throughout their life cycles, from source to final use. That means that the companies best suited to helping introduce a circular economic model are the big tech firms that already use similar online data technology, such as Microsoft, Amazon and Google.

And that will inevitably create concerns about the implications on data privacy and security. Further sacrificing our privacy might be the price we have to pay to achieve a waste-free economic model. Or to put it another way, data protection may ultimately become a barrier to a circular economy.
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The Electronics Supply Chain Faces Ongoing Challenges

The Electronics Supply Chain Faces Ongoing Challenges | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it
The electronics supply chain faces more challenges than usual, so companies are reassessing all aspects of their business to maintain resilience. Supply chain partners can reduce these difficulties through strategic planning.
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Defra publishes Greening Government ICT strategy

Defra publishes Greening Government ICT strategy | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it
Covering the period 2020-25, the strategy is based on the perception that, while ICT is often championed as a means to supporting environmental sustainability, it can also contribute to the problem and needs a careful approach to ensure that government’s use of digital technology does not undermine greening efforts.

It is aimed at meeting five of the UN Sustainable Development Goals – sustainable energy for all, resilient infrastructure, sustainable consumption and production, climate adaptation and partnerships with the technology sector – and at producing five outcomes – reduced carbon and cost, increased resilience, increased responsibility for doing the right thing, increased transparency and collaboration, and increased accountability.

A central element is the listing of three business rules, developed with the technology industry, to be applied to all ICT procurements and reported on annually.

The first is to work towards meeting net zero emission targets by 2050 or sooner, with suppliers required to commit to the target and follow up with roadmaps and action plans. Second is support the circular economy, aiming for zero waste to landfill and an increase in the use of recycled and refurbished ICT kit by 2025.
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Dell’s sustainability program envisions a better future

Dell’s sustainability program envisions a better future | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it

There are two kinds of companies that talk about sustainability. One kind treats it as a marketing tool with little substance; the other treats it more like a religion. Dell’s initial effort was basically, “if you buy a product, we’ll plant a tree.” It sounds nice, but is also a clear indicator it’s just giving this important topic lip service. Since then, Dell has embraced its ESG commitment, funded it, and created showcases of its efforts — like Concept Luna, the sustainable design project that could redefine the technology market and make it far greener. 

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Samsung gets more fine-tuna to sustainability with phones made from fishing nets

Samsung gets more fine-tuna to sustainability with phones made from fishing nets | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it
South Korean electronics giant Samsung has been banging its sustainability drum loudly over the past couple of years, with impacts that echo around its ecosystem. With slogans like “corporate citizenship” and a big push for environmentally friendly supply chains, materials and manufacturing, the company has been pushing for a greener world than before. As part of its Galaxy for the Planet program, and following on the heels of its upcycling programs, its abandonment of plastic packaging and a slew of other programs, the company’s latest stunt is repurposing discarded fishing nets to help do its part.

The company is announcing new Galaxy devices on Wednesday, but was eager to give us a sneaky glimpse at how these new materials will find a place in its product lineup. The company highlights that it is increasing how ef-fish-ent it is at eliminating single-use plastics, and further puffer up the use of more eco-conscious materials. That includes recycled materials (specifically, post-consumer recycled materials), and recycled paper.
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Sustainable electronics reduce environmental load and enable new applications

Sustainable electronics reduce environmental load and enable new applications | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it
The amount of electronics will increase and the use of raw materials in the sector is expected to double by 2050. The amount of electronic waste has also almost doubled over the past 16 years, and only 20 percent of this waste is collected efficiently. The EU therefore calls for more sustainable solutions from the electronics industry. VTT is developing them by combining printed electronics, bio-based materials and ecodesign thinking.

The environmental load of the electronics industry can be significantly reduced by moving from traditional manufacturing processes to printed electronics and from fossil-based materials to bio-based materials. By using printing processes, up to 90 percent of fossil materials can be replaced in some applications. At the same time, energy consumption may decrease to one fifth compared to traditional processes. Ecodesign, on the other hand, promotes the efficient use, recycling and recovery of valuable materials.
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HP acquires Choose Packaging to bolster sustainable packaging efforts

HP acquires Choose Packaging to bolster sustainable packaging efforts | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it
HP has announced the acquisition of packaging development company Choose Packaging for an undisclosed amount.

Choose, an Edinburgh-based company which has developed a commercially available zero-plastic paper bottle, will be integrated into HP’s Personalization & 3D Printing business. Through the Personalization & 3D Printing business unit, HP introduced its Molded Fiber Advanced Tooling technology in September 2020 as part of an effort to provide more sustainable moulded fibre packing designs for companies in the food service, consumer product, medical and industrial sectors.

As the company looks to expand its commitment to more sustainable packaging it has sought to acquire Choose. Choose has developed a technology that can produce paper-based packaging products that are made with natural and non-toxic materials. Already, Choose has secured work with Accolade Wines, who boast brands like Hardys, Banrock Station and Grant Burge; Henkel, a leading consumer and industrial goods company; and Malibu Rum, an international brand of Pernod Ricard.
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Repair, reduce, recycle: ways to tackle our mounting e-waste

Repair, reduce, recycle: ways to tackle our mounting e-waste | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it

- The world is predicted to produce 75 million metric tonnes of e-waste by 2030.
- It’s often considered cheaper to replace a product rather than repair it.
- As awareness increases free repair cafes and government incentives are popping up across the globe.
- People are being offered up to €100 ($113) to repair a product rather than replace it.

 

Changing the way we consume is at the heart of the solution, according to the World Economic Forum and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. A circular vision for the e-waste sector will promote the elimination of waste and could yield up to $4.5 trillion in economic benefits by 2030.

 
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Samsung's CES 2022 keynote leans into sustainability, customization and device concepts

Samsung's CES 2022 keynote leans into sustainability, customization and device concepts | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it

Samsung's CES 2022 keynote on Tuesday was light on standalone products in favor of device concepts, customization and an even greater emphasis on sustainability than in years past. The company spent much of the event the evening before CES officially opened pitching itself as a more eco-friendly producer of consumer tech.

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Electronics Giants, Global Orgs Launch Circular Electronics Partnership

Electronics Giants, Global Orgs Launch Circular Electronics Partnership | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it

Cisco, Dell, Google and Microsoft are among the founding members of the alliance — which sees the biggest names in tech, consumer goods and waste management working together to enable a circular economy for electronics by 2030.

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HP Calls on Partners to Embrace Its Sustainable Impact Initiative

HP Calls on Partners to Embrace Its Sustainable Impact Initiative | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it
HP has made its Sustainable Impact initiative, diversity and inclusion among its highest corporate priorities in recent years. Now the company plans to enable its HP Amplify partners to do the same.

The largest provider of PCs and printers began rolling out the new HP Amplify Impact program Thursday in 25 countries. HP will expand the program worldwide throughout 2021 to train and support those partners seeking to commit to sustainability impact.

Announced last summer and launched in November, HP Amplify is the company’s new data-driven, customer experience-focused partner program. The company decided to wait until that program was rolled out before adding the sustainability portion.

HP officials said committing to sustainability has already paid off. Its Sustainable Impact efforts generated $1 billion in new sales, according to the company’s most recent Sustainable Impact Report.
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Samsung Partners with Eco-Friendly Shopping Mall Green Pea in Italy

Samsung Partners with Eco-Friendly Shopping Mall Green Pea in Italy | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it

Samsung Electronics has announced that it recently became an official partner of Green Pea, an eco-friendly shopping mall located in Italy. As an official partner, Samsung, which has been recognized for its continuous efforts to promote a sustainable future, has provided TVs and digital signage for use throughout the shopping mall.

 Samsung also installed an exhibition hall at Green Pea dedicated specifically to eco-packaging – a new kind of product packaging that facilitates the upcycling of the boxes that come with the company’s lifestyle TV models. Samsung is expanding its award-winning eco-packaging designs to include all of its 2021 Lifestyle TVs, as well as most of the 2021 Neo QLED line.

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Apple supplier Lens Technology accused of using forced labor in China

Apple supplier Lens Technology accused of using forced labor in China | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it
Apple supplier Lens Technology has joined a growing list of companies that have been accused of using forced labor in its manufacturing facilities.

According to documents uncovered by the Tech Transparency Project and shared with The Washington Post, "thousands" of Uighur workers from the Muslim-majority region of Xinjiang were sent to work for Lens Technology.

An Apple spokesperson denied the report, stating in a statement that Lens Technology "has not received any labor transfers of Uighur workers from Xinjiang." He added that the company has a "zero tolerance" policy for forced labor.
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Apple slaps iPhone supplier Pegatron with labour warning

Apple slaps iPhone supplier Pegatron with labour warning | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it
Apple said on Monday it has put its Taiwanese supplier Pegatron on probation after finding that the company violated Apple’s supplier code of conduct by asking student employees to work night shifts or overtime, Reuters reported.
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Report: Apple enlisted lobbyist for Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act

Report: Apple enlisted lobbyist for Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it

This past spring, Apple was implicated along with other US brands like Nike, Dell, and more for having its supply chain allegedly involved with forced labor of the Muslim Uyghurs in Chinese factories. Now a new report from The Information says that Apple has paid to lobby Congress around legislation having to do US companies that could have connections with slave labor in China.
After the initial allegations were made back in March, Apple shared this statement:

“Apple is dedicated to ensuring that everyone in our supply chain is treated with the dignity and respect they deserve,” said spokesman Josh Rosenstock. “We have not seen this report but we work closely with all our suppliers to ensure our high standards are upheld.”

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