Tele2 Estonia is reducing its environmental footprint by redirecting its computer fleet into circulation
Tele2 Estonia has partnered with GreenDice to reduce the environmental impact of its technology usage. As a result of redirecting the used computers into circulation, the company’s environmental footprint is expected to significantly decrease.
According to Kristina Penu, a member of Tele2 Estonia’s management board, this new collaboration is one of the first steps in the company’s sustainability strategy. “One of the three main focus areas of our sustainability strategy is the circular economy to combat climate change. It’s a topic in which we want to take a leading position in society and set an example with our consistent contribution. Through collaboration with GreenDice, we are making our computer fleet more sustainable and also contributing to the creation of affordable computer acquisition opportunities on a larger scale.”
Previously, 100-150 used devices from Tele2 Estonia’s computer fleet were auctioned off each year, allowing company employees to purchase them. However, there was no overview of where the computers ended up at the end of their lifespan. As part of the circular economy collaboration, GreenDice takes possession of Tele2 Estonia’s used computers, most of which are still in good condition, ensures the necessary updates for operational devices, and redirects devices requiring recycling to the recycling process. “Improperly handled electronics, particularly when electronic devices end up in landfills, are the most harmful to the environment. Now we have real-time visibility of how many computers have moved on from our company and their condition, as well as what has happened to them. We can monitor how our ecological footprint changes over time and be pleased when devices in circulation reach the next user,” commented Penu.
GreenDice’s CEO, Argo Alaniit, adds that the ICT sector has a significant environmental footprint, and the circular economy is the only way to reduce the vague overconsumption of mineral resources and other resources. “The main contributors to climate impact in the world are the energy and transportation sectors, but the technology sector also plays a considerable part. Therefore, it is essential to measure and make changes in consumption habits to reduce the amount of electronic waste, which is the fastest-growing waste sector in the world,” noted Alaniit.