WWF UK buys more than 500 used laptops for staff to reduce carbon footprint

WWF UK has linked up with a computing firm to supply more than 500 refurbished laptops to its staff as part of the charity’s long-term commitment around sustainability.

Under the sustainable procurement policy it will buy pre-used laptops from Circular Computing that are at least equivalent than new products

The move follows a trial using 50 of the remanufactured devices.

“Electronic equipment, although essential to business operations, has a large environmental and social footprint,” said WWF UK environmental manager Lauren Wiseman.

“In our homes we reuse electronics, and many people choose refurbished or preowned tech. Bringing these sustainable consumption practices to the workplace is essential for reducing our ecological footprint and preserving the planet’s natural resources. We hope more businesses will follow suit and give refurbished electronics a try.”

The charity’s head of IT services Dominic Elton added: “We are facing a climate and nature crisis, and WWF-UK is focused on ensuring our own sustainability through procurement, including how we procure for IT. This is another step that will help to reduce our carbon footprint, without compromising on quality of delivery.”

NFT controversy

WWF UK was criticised earlier this year for launching a NFT (Non-fungible token) fundraiser event via the OxPolygon blockchain platform.

Environmental campaigners objected to the environmental impact of blockchain technology used to create NFTs. WWF closed the campaign shortly after launch due to concerns raised.

“We recognise that NFTs are a much-debated issue and we all have lots to learn about this new market, which is why we will now fully assess the impact of this trial and reflect on how we can best continue to innovate to engage our supporters,” said WWF.

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