Think resource and not waste!
We are all striving to do our bit for the environment, looking for ways to protect our planet and recycling has become a huge part of this.
It is a topic we have become accustomed to hearing about in our everyday lives – through the media the workplace, and from within our local communities. We are still learning about climate change and how it is impacting our world, and March 18th 2021 marks the annual Global Recycling Day, a day to raise awareness and recognise the effect that waste and harmful emissions have on the environment. As individuals and as businesses we have the opportunity to make a real difference, to take responsibility for what happens. If we fail to play our part, we will continue to see a rise in global temperatures, which in turn has a damaging effect on our ecosystem. The messaging this year focusses around – “think resource, not waste when it comes to goods around us”, Global Recycling Foundation.
At European Electronique (EE) we feel passionate about this cause and are aware that how we as a business operate has a measurable environmental impact. That’s why we have various measures in place to reduce our carbon footprint and reduce the environmental impact of the ICT solutions we supply. At EE we set the bar very high for all suppliers and subcontractors who want to do business with us, and our purchasing contracts include strong social and environmental conformance clauses. We are currently striving to be carbon neutral in everything we do.
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As well as reducing our carbon footprint we are also striving to discover innovative ways to enable our customers to reduce their own footprint. It is projected that the average Academy’s emission of greenhouse gases is approx. 9.4 metric tonnes yearly. Some factors can contribute to this number fluctuating, and in many simple ways we can lower this figure, for example, a computer can consume up to 65% of energy when it is left on. Switching them off completely when finished is a good habit to get into, alongside supplying devices such as classroom AV with remote management functionality allowing for scheduled turn off at the end of each day. To further reduce our carbon footprint, we are also partnering with Ecologi to plant trees around the world. Ecologi currently support The Eden Project, Gold Standard and have been featured in Forbes, The Guardian, Dazed and The Evening Standard.
In a recent poll, we asked our connections what they would do if their laptop broke and interestingly the majority would repair the device themselves, 40% would take their device to be repaired and 5% were not sure of the action they would take. With the continued advances in technology E-waste is growing, and with that surge comes the need for effective electronics recycling programs. According to a January 2019 report from the World Economic Forum, E-waste is now the fastest-growing waste stream in the world, with an estimated waste stream of 48.5 million tonnes in 2018.
Is it just that consumers need educating and signposting on where to recycle their TV’s, old computers, smartphones?
Not sure what to do if your device needs repairing?
Did you know that we have an onsite workshop with an expert team on hand that can deal any type of laptop and PC repairs?
If you are experiencing hardware or software issues – don’t panic, please get in touch. Our team are highly experienced in dealing with repairs, upgrades, health checks and replacement parts to keep your machine running efficiently. We are also proud to be warranty partners with HP, Lenovo, and Toshiba.
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