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Carbon Offset

Procurri carbon offset reporting

Talk to us about Procurri Carbon offset reporting and how it can help you

Carbon offsetting is an internationally recognised way to take responsibility for unavoidable carbon emissions generated in the normal course of business activities. By selling legacy IT assets destined for reuse, it in turn means that somewhere someone will use a refurbished unit

As part of Procurri’s IT Asset Disposition solution, we work to support and create sustainable solutions with and for our partners. Our lifecycle management approach enables our customers to manage their end of lie assets in a secure and environmentally responsible manner.

Procurri can offer enhanced value recovery rates to ensure client assets are reused wherever possible returning enhanced values but also minimizing recycling rates and as such maximizing carbon offset values.

Carbon offset is subjective, Procurri has provided research references and taken assumptions to provide best estimates of Carbon offset values. These references and assumptions are contained in this report. Data is subject to change without prior notice based on current available research and market data being made available.

Calculating Carbon footprint is complex due to the evolving dynamics of products and supply chains.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) , in conjunction with HPE, HP Inc, Lenovo, Dell, AMD and Cisco have created a ‘Product Attribute to Impact Algorithm’  (PAIA) in an attempt to assist with the calculation of Carbon footprint .

See http://msl.mit.edu/projects/paia/main.html

Assumptions and where data comes from

Data surrounding laptop manufacture is more readily available with different manufacturers collating and reporting on the carbon footprint of their laptops. Numbers range from 250 – 400 Kg Co2 in the production of a laptop. Procurri has based data on –

Examples are:

  • Lenovo T440s @ 394Kg Co2
  • Dell Latitude E7440 @ 276 Kg Co2

If we standardise on:

  • A 1.5Kg Laptop has a Carbon Footprint of 300Kg Co2
  • A Laptop requires 1,200Kgs of earth to be excavated to uncover minerals required to produce it

In the production of a laptop 190,000 litres of water are consumed

Based on IT hardware being assembled of similar constituent parts we will apply the above three metrics on a weight (per kg) basis when looking at Co2 and Carbon offset values for other IT hardware that is sold for re use. Current reporting lines are –

Reporting Line                                              Co2 Kg per device

Notebooks                                                                   1.5

System Units (PC’s)                                                    3

All in One devices                                                       3

Hand Held                                                                    0.75

TFT and screens                                                          5

Enterprise & Comms                                                  15

Loose Drives                                                                0.75

Miscellaneous                                                             3

Refurbishing overhead

 The refurbishment process within Procurri includes collection of goods (typically in volume) , test and process along with data sanitising,  clean and refurbishment. It is estimated that the refurbishment of a 1.5Kg asset consumed 4Kg Co2

Recycling overhead

Whilst recycling will not enable a direct carbon offset for re use of the item, if product is recycled , thus kept from landfill there is an inherent benefit based on not mining for the raw materials to generate minerals required.

The report by Turner, Williams and Kemp under ScienceDirect on ‘Greenhouse gas emission factors for recycling of source segregated waste materials’ suggests that aluminium has a -8143 Kg Co2 per ton whereas generic scrap metal has -3577 Kg Co2 per ton. Mixed Plastics offers -1084 Kg Co2 per ton.

Given Compute tends to be primarily manufactured from the above 3 core materials for weight we have a subjective call to make on what we should allocate per ton. We have taken an average of the three providing a Recycled Co2 saving of 4268 per ton.

Comparisons

Visualising Carbon Offset is awkward, what does a Kg of Co2 look like – By way of comparison an average family car that travels 15,000 km a year produces 1830Kg Co2 (https://www.eea.europa.eu/highlights/average-co2-emissions-from-new)

If we work on the basis that producing a 1.5Kg IT asset consumes

Co2 for New laptop =                     300 Kg

190,000 litres of water

1,200 tons of Earth excavated

Refurbishment CO2 cost =            (4) kg

So on an estate of 1000 units if refurbished and resold based on the assumption that they have displaced the need for a new unit would provide a CO2 saving of 296,000 Kg (296 Tons ) of CO2 – Or the equivalent of

162 Cars emissions for a year

Saving 190 Million litres of water and 1.2M tons of earth

Minerals used in manufacturing IT hardware

Some or all of the below 66 minerals are consumed in the manufacturing of IT devices

Phosphorescent Coating -Transition Metals
ZnS – Zinc Sulfide Zn, S Sulfur, Hemmimorphite, Zincite, Smithsonite, Franklenite
Ag – Silver Ag Ag, Pyrargyrite, Cerargyrite
Cl – Chlorine Cl Halite
Al – Aluminum Al Bauxite
Cu – Copper Cu Chalcopyrite, Boronite, Enargite, cuprite, malachite, azurite, chrysocolla, chalcocite
Au  – Gold Au Au
Y2O2S – Yittrium Sulfate Y
Eu – Europium Eu
KF,MgF2):Mn Potasium-Magnesium Fluorite: Manganese K, F, Mg, Mn Alunite, Orthoclase, Nephelite, Leucite, Apophullite; Fluorite, cryolite, vesuvianite, ;lepidolite: Dolomite, magnesite, espomite, spinel, olivine, pyrope, biotite, talc, pyroxenes
(Zn,Cd)S – Zinc Cadmium Sulfide Cd
Zn2SiO4:Mn, As – ZincSilicate, Manganese, Arsenic As Realgar, Orpiment, Niccolite, Cobalite, Arsenopyrite, Tetrahedrite
Gd2O2S:Tb – Gadolinium Sulfate:Tebrium Gd, Tb
Y2SiO12:Ce – Yitrium Silicate: Cerium Ce Monzanite, Orthite
CRT Glass
Pb – Lead Pb Galena, cerussite, anglesite, pyromorphite
SiO2 Si Quartz
Plastic Case, Keyboard
Thermoplastic – Polypropylene, PVC
CaCO2 _additive Ca Calcite, gypsum, apatite, aragonite
TiO2 – White Pigment Ti Rutile, Ilmenite, Titanite
Amonium Polyphosphate P Apetite, Pyromorphite, Wavellite
LCD, Liquid Crystal Display Monitors
Pb – Lead Pb Galena, cerussite, anglesite, pyromorphite
Thin Film Transistors Si Quartz
Ferro Electric Liquid Crystal Fe Hematite
Indium Tin Oxide Sn Cassiterite,
In Sphalerite (Commonly found with Zinc)
Metal Case
Iron Fe Magnetite, Limonite
Flat Screen Plasma Display Monitors
Glass Si Quartz
Pb – Lead Pb Galena, cerussite, anglesite, pyromorphite
ZnS – Zinc Sulfide Zn, S Sulfur, Hemmimorphite, Zincite, Smithsonite, Franklenite
Ag – Silver Ag Ag, Pyrargyrite, Cerargyrite
Cl – Chlorine Cl Halite
Al – Aluminum Al Bauxite
Cu – Copper Cu Chalcopyrite, Boronite, Enargite, cuprite, malachite, azurite, chrysocolla, chalcocite
Au  – Gold Au Au
Y2O2S – Yittrium Sulfate Y Euxenite
Eu – Europium Eu Euxenite
KF,MgF2):Mn Potasium-Magnesium Fluorite: Manganese K, F, Mg, Mn Alunite, Orthoclase, Nephelite, Leucite, Apophullite; Fluorite, cryolite, vesuvianite, ;lepidolite: Dolomite, magnesite, espomite, spinel, olivine, pyrope, biotite, talc, pyroxenes
(Zn,Cd)S – Zinc Cadmium Sulfide Cd
Zn2SiO4:Mn, As – ZincSilicate, Manganese, Arsenic As Realgar, Orpiment, Niccolite, Cobalite, Arsenopyrite, Tetrahedrite
Gd2O2S:Tb – Gadolinium Sulfate:Tebrium Gd, Tb
Y2SiO12:Ce – Yitrium Silicate: Cerium Ce Monzanite, Orthite
Printed Circuit Boards, Computer Chips
Silicon Si Quartz
Cu – Copper Cu Chalcopyrite, Boronite, Enargite, cuprite, malachite, azurite, chrysocolla, chalcocite
Au  – Gold Au Au
Ag – Silver Ag Ag, Pyrargyrite, Cerargyrite
Tin Sn Cassiterite,
Al – Aluminum Al Bauxite

Reporting on your assets

Procurri will provide a report based on the above criteria detailing from each IT Asset disposal we perform for our customers –

Providing the number and percentage of assets we are able to re use or recycle, relating this to the above criteria providing Co2 emissions saved, water saved and earth not mined. Coupled with:

Workplace

  • Desktop
  • Laptop
  • Monitor
  • Printer
  • Mobile

Enterprise

  • Servers
  • Storage
  • Networking
  • Miscellaneous
  • Similarly we will also add in Co2 based on per ton weights for recycled hardware.

Our Promise

Procurri is a trusted partner by our customers and is committed to reuse over recycle. Where goods have no material value or use, we will always recycle on a ZERO landfill basis. Procurri’s expertise and lifecycle proposition helps maximise reuse, whilst ensuring the utmost attention to detail in secure data removal whilst achieving strong financial returns for our customers. We work with our customers and partners to help deliver sustainable recovery solutions globally.

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