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16th June 2022

HardSoft’s Journey To Deliver Truly Sustainable IT

Carissa Parnell

Devices For Greener Teams is a specialist Device as a Service leasing solution by HardSoft.

Device as a Service packages are subscription-style leases for computer hardware with a prominent focus on extra services and ongoing support.

Devices For Greener Teams is an extra special Device as a Service solution since it can help businesses develop sustainable IT practices and work towards net zero.

HardSoft has been on a challenging journey to develop the greenest solutions possible for promoting sustainable IT.

Sustainable policies are all well and good, but HardSoft wanted to ensure that the results were measurable for our clients and tangible, to help them meet the government target of net zero by 2050.devices for greener teams

Additionally, we were devoted to ensuring that the sustainable IT strategies that we offered clients were truly affordable, as well as effective.

This wasn’t always easy and took many expert minds working and researching to develop the best methods. It was especially challenging with so many organisations using different criteria to measure greenness and sustainability in the IT sector. Yet, the government has not named an official body for measurements and certification for this sector.

HardSoft didn’t give up and through much research developed one of the country’s greenest sustainable IT solutions for sourcing computer hardware.

What Methods Do Devices For Greener Teams Have to help with Net Zero And More Sustainable IT?

What We’ve Attained:

  1. The Provisions Of Greener, Climate Friendly Computers

– How Did We Achieve It:

Detailed Knowledge and Experience

One of the main ways that Devices For Greener Teams enables businesses to achieve sustainable IT practices and move towards net zero is by the hardware we lease.

Devices For Greener Teams have access to a phenomenal range of IT hardware from the top manufacturers, including the most climate-friendly computers.

Our experts have detailed knowledge of each and every model we supply. We also have long experience of working with each of the world’s top manufacturers, including Microsoft, Apple, Lenovo, Samsung, HP, and Dell.

Using this knowledge and experience, we can handpick the most sustainable IT devices and recommend them to our clients.

Some models and manufacturers are far more climate-friendly than others, and there is, in fact, a substantial variation in the amount of CO2 produced by the manufacturer of various devices. Devices For Greener Teams can advise on the best choice for your budget and net zero goals.


What We’ve Attained:

  1. More Accurate Emissions Measuring

– How Did We Achieve It:

Cross-Referencing Ecolabels Criteria

Climate-friendly computers are all well and good but how can we measure which hardware is the most sustainable?

The government has set 2050 as the target for net zero in the UK and businesses could be fined for failing to reduce their emissions.

To help our clients reduce emissions with sustainable IT policies, Devices For Greener Teams required the most accurate emissions measurements of devices.

Instead of using one certification body, we’ve cross-referenced three of the most reputable ecolabels to discern exactly how sustainable each device is by a wide range of green credentials and criteria.


What We’ve Attained:

  1. More Accurate Assessment Of Green Credentials

– How Did We Achieve It: Utilising Various Ecolabels Criteria

Green credentials and truly sustainable IT doesn’t stop at emissions. There are other ways than IT hardware can harm our environment, such as e-waste. Some ecolabels only look at emissions and the cause of net zero. While net zero is a laudable goal, Devices For Greener Teams wanted to look deeper and help clients foster sustainable IT across more areas.Eco labels

This is another reason we choose to use multiple ecolabels, including Energy Star, EPEAT and TCO. As these bodies use different assessments to measure the ‘greenness’ of a device, it made sense to include more organisations in our assessment of hardware.


What We’ve Attained:

  1. Tackling E-Waste

– How Did We Achieve It:

Recycling, Repurposing & Trade-ins

While emissions are one of the biggest worries for sustainable IT, the other major concern is e-waste. The components of computers are difficult to manufacture and the materials within them are often ones that take a long time to break down, are also toxic to plants and animals on break down, and/or involve harmful mining to acquire.

The fast-paced advancement in tech of the IT industry, and our culture of swapping to the latest, most powerful tech results in e-waste being on an ever-dramatic rise. Over 50 million metric tons of e-waste was produced in 2019.

Tackling e-waste has been one of Devices For Greener Teams’ most vital goals. Our system reduces e-waste with a three-pronged attack of recycling, repurposing, and trade-ins.

Firstly, we utilise the greenest and most rigorous IT recycling processes. We take care of the entire device life cycle for businesses, so they need to not worry about the recycling side.

To make the value of devices go further, and for our clients who need a cheaper lease, or are especially dedicated to sustainable IT, we can provide high quality pre-loved devices. We also have experts who can repair your devices to make them last as long as possible.

Repurposing involves utilising the still functional components and parts of some computing hardware to build a new device, so it doesn’t need all new parts and the environmental impact of manufacturing all the parts is lessened.

Repurposing can also include utilising a healthy device for various functions. We can wipe clean and re-configure a device from one employee, who might have left, to a new employee in a completely different role. We can even send them the device if they work from home or from a different office.

Our repurposing options are part of our project Boomerang to help devices deliver maximum value in their lifecycle.

Devices For Greener Teams also encourage trade-ins of your old hardware from before your lease with us. We can offer cash for old hardware and will recycle or repurpose the device.


What We’ve Attained:

  1. Strategic Green Computing Policies

– How Did We Achieve It:

Upgrades, Swaps & No Penalties On Returns

Devices For Greener Teams is a specialist Device as a Service leasing system. As such, there is a huge focus on support and service for clients. With this in mind, Devices For Greener Teams allows businesses to upgrade, swap, or even return devices without penalty. This allows them to scale the number of their devices up or down as needed.

But how can this encourage greener computing policies?

While this feature of Devices of Greener Teams is useful for:

  • Scaling
  • Helping businesses have the latest and best hardware
  • Ensuring businesses possess no superfluous hardware if an employee leaves their position

It can also make their IT more sustainable. Businesses can upgrade to more energy-efficient devices during their lease.


What We’ve Attained:

  1. More Affordable Carbon Offsetting For Clients

– How Did We Achieve It:

Our Own Finance Arm & A Dedicated Sustainable IT Framework

Not only does Devices For Greener Teams offer more energy-efficient hardware, but it also actively helps businesses to offset their remaining carbon.

Carbon offsetting allows businesses to pay a little extra to buy credits for their remaining carbon emissions which are then reinvested into emission-reducing programmes like reforestation and clean energy production.carbon offset service from Hardsoft with image of the world

At only 3% extra, Devices For Greener Teams has one of the most affordable carbon offsetting programmes on the market.

Since Devices For Greener Teams is part of the HardSoft leasing family, there is no third-party finance form involved. HardSoft lease with their own money and have autonomy on whom they choose to work with and provide leases. This is why we can offer such competitive rates on carbon offsetting.


What We’ve Attained:

  1. Green Computing Across Various Criteria

– How Did We Achieve It:

Full Device Lifecycle Management With A Sustainable IT Outlook

Sustainable IT may be morally necessary, and now legally so with the government’s policy changes. However, it does present an additional administrative and operational burden on already stressed businesses. Not to mention an extra financial consideration.

In order to secure that green computing policies are followed throughout the use of IT hardware, without adding burdens to businesses, Devices For Greener Teams manage the whole device lifecycle.

This includes:

  • Supplying the hardware
  • Sorting out your lease
  • Installation and/or remote deployment
  • Complete personalisation and configuration
  • Ongoing management with MDMs
  • Ongoing tech support
  • Cyber security etc.

Yet it also extends to the repair, repurposing, and recycling of those devices as they move to the next and end stages of their lifecycle. At every point, Devices For Greener Teams manages it for you with the most environmentally friendly solutions.

It is this full lifecycle management experience of IT hardware and assured green policies that make sustainable IT achievable and simple for businesses.


What We’ve Attained:

  1. Sustainable IT At All Levels Of Service

– How Did We Achieve It:

Greener Packaging & Logistics Strategies

It isn’t just the hardware itself that presents complications for environmental impact. To make those stretches to hit net zero quickly, companies have to look at the big picture.

To further aid in the reduction of emissions and e-waste from your IT hardware strategy, Devices For Greener Teams uses reduced packaging that is also recyclable for our products. We also use DPD as our shipper for the very reason that they have been named the greenest logistics firm, with far fewer emissions than competitors.


What We’ve Attained:

  1. Energy Efficient Devices

– How Did We Achieve It:

Working With Top Manufacturers

Some of the top manufacturers of computers in the world are well aware of the environmental crisis that we face. It isn’t the UK government alone that is putting pressure on corporations to make their products greener.

The biggest names in IT have been working over the past few years to make their devices more environmentally friendly. The big feature that most have focused on is energy efficiency. While manufacturing processes make up the brunt of environmental impact, and these methods are still causing many emissions and have a lot to answer for, power usage is also a factor.ISO 14024 logo in green

By making devices more energy efficient, laptops, computers and smartphones use less electricity without compromising on performance.

Apple has spearheaded this, particularly with its M1 (and now also M2) devices which are some of the most energy-efficient on the market today.

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