Electronic devices require a significant amount of energy to produce. The energy used in a product’s manufacturing phase is known as its embodied energy. Electronic equipment presents a new trend in product life cycles in which more than half of the energy used in the overall lifespan occurs during manufacturing. With such high energy intensity before the product even comes to market, the most practical method for improving energy efficiency is by extending the product lifespan.
DMD has partnered with academic and government organizations to research the environmental impacts of e-waste disposal. We are in the process of piloting a carbon emissions savings calculator that will quantify the emissions avoided by reusing electronic equipment. The goal of this project is to provide responsible organizations with carbon offset credits for responsible IT asset disposal. These credits can be used in a sustainability or corporate social responsibility (CSR) report to showcase an organization’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.