Skanska’s refurbishing project saving 193 tonnes CO2 yearly
Construction company Skanska Sweden sends its old computers and other IT equipment to refurbishing. As much as 85-90 percent of the products get a second life.
“It feels good to know that our computers live on in schools and offices” says Johan Balck, Chief Information Security Officer at Skanska in Sweden.
Over the last years, Skanska Sweden has sent 8 000 IT products to refurbishing company Inrego every year. Inrego has deleted all data, refurbished the equipment and put it on the market, giving it a second life. This represents an environmental profit of 193 tonnes CO2, equivalent to heating 774 apartments or running 18 500 refrigerators for a year.
“Inrego helps us to lessen our environmental footprint and we are provided with regular updates on the CO2 saving being made”, says Johan Balck. “It’s sad that not more businesses refurbish their IT equipment. I think the reasons are partly ignorance, partly immaturity when it comes to questions of sustainability”.
An extra bonus for Skanska is that the second hand equipment generates a profit.
“Money is going back into the system and we invest them, among other things, in new technology”.