A look back at Re: – a Sustainable IT Summit   

Re Event

From OEMs to distributors to influential resellers to ITADs – the great and the good from the IT industry all gathered at ‘Re: – a Sustainable IT Summit’ held at Circular Computing’s state-of-the-art remanufacturing facility in the UAE.

In a world where sustainability has become an urgent imperative, businesses are increasingly looking for innovative solutions to reduce their environmental footprint – and the IT industry has a collective responsibility to address the seismic environmental footprint it produces.

The day started with attendees being personally greeted by Rod Neale, CEO of Circular Computing and then being shown parts of the facility and a welcome video to help set the agenda for the day. 

The Re: event kicked off in earnest when Circular Computing gave a comprehensive look behind the curtain of their seven-year journey from building the facility to creating the remanufactured laptop product you see today. It also featured a call to action for the industry to acknowledge the wave of demand that is coming and encourage the focus on independent certification to remove the risk for wannabe buyers. The BSI then presented some information on how world and country standards co-exist and work in practice.

The afternoon sessions drew on the experience and data of both Context and Nexthink. The Context session involved all attendees in a lively debate across several sub-topics with contributions from all areas of the industry.  It was inspiring to see leaders from diverse corners of the industry come together to share insights and collaborate on solutions to embed commerciality at the centre of some of the most pressing environmental issues of our time.

The session showed that 86% of IT leaders in the room believe a fifth of all new laptops currently bought by enterprises will be pre-used by 2032. A critical mass of these (40%) believe that this will be delivered even sooner, within the next five years.

The Nexthink session quantified what percentage of laptop types are currently in market use and then analysed the relative performance. The output was a beacon of hope as it determined that performance was consistent across all types and 76% of the models could be remanufactured.

The final session from Canalys brought together quantitative and qualitative insight to highlight the gravity of the environmental impact of laptop production – and underline the different stances of the OEM as well as the behavioural thoughts of the key market players and customers.

As the event drew to a close, it was evident that the Re: event had succeeded in sparking a meaningful dialogue and catalysing action towards a more sustainable future. By showing tangible examples of how certification and a certain standard of product can help the industry leverage these innovative technologies, the event paved the way for a more resilient and environmentally conscious IT industry.

In conclusion, the Re: event hosted by Circular Computing was seemingly a resounding success. The post-event feedback was unanimous in its praise of both the event itself and the quality of the companies and individuals that had gathered there. As we all reflect on the insights shared and the connections made, let us harness the collective momentum generated by this event to drive positive change and build a world where sustainability is not just a buzzword but a way of life.

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