Leeds-based pure technology group (PTG) has teamed up with S2S, an IT asset recovery specialist, to launch a refurbishment and recovery service for end-of-life devices. The scheme aims to reduce e-waste across UK businesses.
zeroC, standing for zero carbon, will enable a closed loop, end-to-end lifecycle management of IT products, including laptops, phones, tablets, for organisations of all sizes, from SMEs to blue chips.
Cliff Fox, COO, PTG, said, “At its heart, zeroC is all about the salvaging and reuse of IT equipment – keeping tech running in an enterprise for longer. Now, more than ever before, there’s a huge emphasis on the impact companies are having on the environment – and how they can reduce their carbon footprints, while also positively impacting their bottom line. And we knew there was a gap in the market for a complete cradle-to-grave service for IT assets.”
PTG shipped 25,000 new laptops during the lockdown period, predominantly due to the spike in enable homeworking. The company hopes that the launch of zeroC will contribute to a more circular way of thinking about tech procurement.
PTG said that refurbishing a laptop through the scheme will save the equivalent of 250kg of CO2, and will see corporations spend, on average, 50% less than they would if purchasing a brand-new product. It pointed to recent UK figures that indicated households and businesses produce 1.45 million tonnes of e-waste per year.
Alan Dukinfield, commercial director at S2S, added, “It’s great to be partnering with PTG on this sustainable venture. Our passion for remanufacturing end-of-life tech coupled with PTG’s established IT solutions expertise, is the perfect collaboration for helping to promote a more sustainable – and less ‘throwaway’ – future in the business world.” Dukinfield is pictured on the right above, alongside Simeon Banks, senior group technologist at PTG.
The scheme is available now and will enable organisations to refresh their existing units, including the repainting and refreshing of hardware, for reuse within the same company. For every device purchased under the new scheme, PTG and S2S will also plant one tree in the Amazon Rainforest.