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Achieving IT sustainability gets easier as Ingram Micro agree partnership with Circular Computing

Resellers and customers can now access carbon-neutral remanufactured laptops and take strides to net-zero

Sustainable IT specialist, Circular Computing has signed a new agreement with Ingram Micro which will see their resellers and their customers have easy access to carbon-neutral, remanufactured Dell, HP and Lenovo laptops.

Portsmouth-based Circular Computing have invested in years of research and development in order to deliver remanufactured laptops which are as reliable as new laptops and produced in their thousands to the same high standard of quality.

Unlike refurbished IT equipment, which depending on the provider can be inconsistent and unreliable, remanufactured laptops go through a rigorous 300-step process and quality control procedures to ensure they meet the needs of enterprise users and have been proven to perform at 97 percent of equivalent new devices.

For every remanufactured laptop Circular Computing sell, 316kg of CO₂ emissions and 190,000 litres of water use are saved, and 1,200kg of mining minerals is prevented versus the equivalent sale of a new machine. The resource and emissions savings businesses can achieve by opting for remanufactured IT, are significant.

In fact, research shows that UK businesses could save £7.7 billion over the next nine years by buying remanufactured laptops instead of brand-new devices. The move would also see carbon emissions reductions of nine million tons and 5.4 trillion litres less water usage – 10 percent of the volume of the North Sea – over the same period.

If all businesses in the UK elected to move to remanufactured devices, the reduction in emissions by 2030 – when progress against the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be reviewed – would be equivalent to taking 193,002 cars off of the roads for a year.

Michael Farrah, Senior Commercial Director at Ingram Micro commented on the new partnership. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Circular Computing, not only so we can offer our customers best-in-class remanufactured laptops, but also so we can offer a genuinely sustainable solution for the provision of IT equipment. Sustainability is high on the agenda in the IT industry and we feel that this partnership can be a significant contributor towards improving sustainability and re-enforcing the benefits of the circular economy.”

 Rod Neale, Founder of Circular Computing, said: “We are delighted to be joining forces with a giant of the IT industry to offer our product to a much wider network of companies and organisations. For many years, we focused on creating the right product as we knew offering reliability and high-performance, alongside a carbon-neutral laptop, was crucial to its success. We now need to let the world know about it and challenge IT leaders to rethink their procurement strategy.”

Because remanufacturing laptops reuses much of the original device, the emissions, water use, and resources needing to be mined are significantly reduced versus net new equipment. The advantages remanufactured laptops provide are not limited to sustainability though – they also cost up to 40 percent less than new equivalents.

Furthermore, Circular Computing also plants five trees in the buyer’s name for every laptop sold – making each purchase carbon neutral.

Circular Computing’s pioneering work in remanufacturing has not gone unnoticed, with the company invited to join Scaler, the Atos Accelerator programme in recognition of its achievements to date. The programme, which includes 20 start-ups with a focus on decarbonisation and digital security, will help the sustainable IT firm continue to grow and develop its business as sustainability becomes an increasingly important consideration for the global economy and businesses operating within it.

To find out more about remanufactured laptops and sustainable IT, visit the Circular Computing website.

Remanufactured vs refurbished laptops

Whilst refurbishing gets an old laptop into working order, remanufacturing is the process of returning the laptop to its original performance, with a warranty that is equivalent to when it was purchased new. In other words, remanufacturing is building a second-hand laptop that feels brand new, but without the associated costs.

Circular Computing’s remanufactured laptops are carbon neutral, perform 97% as good as new and cost up to 40 percent less than the nearest new device.

About Circular Computing

Circular ComputingTM is the world’s first secondary equipment manufacturer. The parent company, A2C Services Ltd has been around since 1992, but in more recent times set out on a mission with a simple thought –  how can we remanufacture a laptop to be ‘like new’?

Since then, the business has built a state-of-the-art remanufacturing facility and developed a 300 stage process to deliver HP, Dell and Lenovo laptops that have comparable performance and reliability to ‘new’.

About Ingram Micro
Ingram Micro are a global leader in technology and supply chain who sell approximately 1.5 billion units across 160 countries each year. They represent many suppliers and offer brands such as Acer, Apple, Cisco, Citrix, HP, IBM, Lenovo, Microsoft, Samsung, Symantec and VMware to their 250,000 plus customers across North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Latin America and Asia Pacific.

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