92 per cent of the used computers from DTU were given new life when two colleagues from IT Services (AIT) collected more than 800 old computers at the University and sold them to an external company that repairs used computers. Thus, DTU has reduced its CO2 emissions by 188 tonnes and earned DKK 133,000. This helps save Earth’s resources and minimize electronic waste.
The people behind the new initiative—the pilot project ‘Recycle IT’—are IT Supporter Daniel Thuesen and IT Process Coordinator Allan Rosendahl. They will now continue with the project, reusing DTU computers less than five years old at the University and selling computers more than five years old to the refurbishing company. Among other things, the company promises to remove engravings, delete data, and only resell the equipment to companies with a green profile. In addition, they prepare a CO2 report documenting the sustainability of the recycling process.
“We are blown away by the great results. We usually give away our used IT equipment and spend money on shipping. With this pilot project, we want to ensure that DTU gets the greates possible value from its IT equipment through sustainable initiatives. That way we can make sure that used and forgotten IT equipment gets a new life instead of just collecting dust. At the same time, we get to tidy up and help reduce DTU’s CO2 emissions, which helps us meet DTU’s goal of working sustainably,” says Allan Rosendahl.