For the IT sector the possibilities for procuring equipment in a circular system with a lower environmental impact is explored. Organisaties investigate how the procurement process can help to make products and components circular and what business models are required to achieve this in practice.
This includes looking at reusing discarded hardware, data security, rapid developments in the market, small 'purchasing power' relative to the large manufacturers, and hardware and software dependence. As a starting point, we present the functional demand to the market to provide IT workplace solutions that meet circular economy criteria.
For example, a good business model could involve leasing or separate services for reuse and/or recycling of hardware. By specifying the functional requirements, the supplier remains owner of the hardware. For the supplier, it is more attractive to offer solutions that contribute to the longest possible lifespan and/or value retention of the hardware.