Gartner®: Best practices for device sustainability in end-user computing

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Endpoint devices make up a significant portion of IT’s overall GHG emissions footprint and waste production within most enterprises. Managing the environmental sustainability of endpoint devices is increasingly becoming a core responsibility and priority for I&O leaders.

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Gartner®: The complete guide to a sustainable device life cycle using the IT circular economy

End-user devices make up a significant portion of IT’s overall carbon footprint (Scopes 2 and 3) and waste production within most enterprises. With the rapid acceleration of digital business across the globe, the demand for corporate endpoints and peripherals is continuing to grow at exponential rates. As a consequence, managing the environmental sustainability of end-user equipment is increasingly becoming a core responsibility and priority for IT leaders.

Poor choices around end-user device selection and governance can inhibit sustainability goal achievement and waste valuable resources. IT leaders with targets to reduce the environmental impact of end-user devices must rationalise, retain and restructure the lifecycle strategy of end-user devices.

We believe IT leaders can use this research from Gartner to guide decisions at every stage of the device life cycle to promote the full utilisation and circularity of endpoints.

Complete the form to receive access to a complimentary copy of the 2024 Gartner Best Practices for Device Sustainability in End-User Computing report.

Gartner, Best Practices for Device Sustainability in End-User Computing, Autumn Stanish, Annette Zimmermann, Katja Rudd, Stuart Downes; 13 March 2024.
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Gartner Key Findings

  • E-waste is the fastest-growing waste stream in the world, according to the United Nations University Global E-waste Monitor. Mobile phones and PCs make up nearly 10% of that total waste.
  • While most organizations still set three- to four-year refresh cycles for employee laptops, organizations have found that only a small fraction of those devices have performance metrics that would justify replacement within that time frame. Extending their life span represents millions of dollars in potential cost savings.
  • Despite the common belief that data center operations and the cloud are the most significant environmental impact of IT, it is actually the embodied carbon of endpoint devices that accounts for nearly half of overall IT greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in most enterprises.

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