BMI Supports Circular Economy with IT Asset Upcycling

BMI WILL REDUCE its carbon emissions by one million kilograms of CO2 and 6,000 kilograms of electronic waste.

The initiative with service provider Telefónica Tech UK&I supports the circular economy by repurposing, re-selling, and re-using IT assets. By using the service, BMI is safely disposing of older IT assets while recovering value back from its original investment.

IT Asset Upcycling

A total of 3,000 BMI units will be recycled, repurposed, or resold over the next two years. By reusing goods, this initiative will save in total one million kg of CO2, 76 million litres of associated water consumption, 4.8 million tonnes of earth from being mined, as well as 6,000 kg of e-waste from heading to landfill. By comparison, the distance an average family car could travel for the same CO2 would be 6.2 million kilometres.

Items that can be either recycled or repurposed through the service include mobiles, notebooks, and desktop computers, as well as larger assets such as enterprise servers.

To ensure safe disposal, each asset is tested, graded, and documented before data is securely wiped to meet GDPR guidelines. Any items failing data removal tests are safely destroyed and shredded to a 6mm standard. Finally, the graded items are resold, used as parts, or completely re-engineered back into new assets.

Processing costs are offset against the value of the upcycled assets, with credit provided against future orders to fund innovation projects. This differs from asset recovery services, where assets are taken away and destroyed, with no value passed back to the original purchaser.

Antonio Bonillo, BMI’s Head of Technology, said: “BMI looks to integrate sustainability into all aspects of our practice, from the materials we use to the solutions we create. That’s why this asset upcycling initiative is key to helping BMI take steps to improve sustainability throughout our organisation.”

Sustainability Agenda

Mark Skelton, Chief Technology Officer at Telefónica Tech UK&I

Chief Technology Officer at Telefónica Tech UK&I, Mark Skelton, said: “The latest World Economic Forum data puts the estimated annual figure of e-waste at 57.4 billion tonnes. So, if you have a sustainability agenda, or are starting to think about one, asset upcycling can be an effective way of helping you meet your goals. Not only are you supporting the circular economy, but you are gaining value back from your original investment too. Our lifecycle management approach enables customers to manage their end-of-life assets in a secure and environmentally responsible manner.”

As a further step towards sustainability, Telefónica Tech UK&I has worked closely with BMI to build out its cloud-based desktop platform. This means less equipment on premises, more energy-efficient clients, plus computing power from Azure, which has been 100% carbon neutral since 2012. It also offers teams across the globe even greater flexibility to work in efficient, sustainable ways with greater control over their carbon footprint.


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