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The Greening of the IT Sector

The Greening of the IT Sector

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Following the issuing of a plethora of regulations, the Dutch IT sector has been forced to face up to its environmental responsibilities. The aim of ICT~Milieu is not only to assist its members in this cause, but also to anticipate the upcoming regulations regarding energy saving and CO2 reduction. Jan Vlak from ICT~Milieu explains how an innately innovative sector can apply its ingenuity to the environmental arena.

Following the issuing of a plethora of regulations, the Dutch IT sector has been forced to face up to its environmental responsibilities. The aim of ICT~Milieu is not only to assist its members in this cause, but also to anticipate the upcoming regulations regarding energy saving and CO2 reduction. Jan Vlak from ICT~Milieu explains how an innately innovative sector can apply its ingenuity to the environmental arena.

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GERBEN BLOEMENDAL
go to corporate waste collectors,who will in turn pass on the costsof collecting and recycling to themanufacturer. We coordinate thecollection of discarded equipmentvia the corporate waste collector.Consumers can bring theirdiscarded equipment to storesand municipal collection points.In 2007, we collected 20.5 millionkilograms in total of electronicwaste – up from 18 million in2006.”
What else does ICT~Milieu do for itsmembers?
Vlak: “We promote environmentalconsciousness in our memberorganizations. Furthermore, we
handle nancial and administrative
matters and the yearly monitoring
Following the issuing of a plethora of regulations, the Dutch IT sector has beenforced to face up to its environmental responsibilities. The aim of ICT~Milieuis not only to assist its members in this cause, but also to anticipate theupcoming regulations regarding energy saving and CO
2
reduction. Jan Vlakfrom ICT~Milieu explains how an innately innovative sector can apply itsingenuity to the environmental arena.
the nationwide collection servicein the Netherlands. He explains:“Since 2005, manufacturers andimporters of electronic goods are
required to organize and nance
the collection and recyclingof these goods. This has beenestablished by the Resolution onElectronic Goods, which regulatesthe processing of discardedelectronic goods, as well as the useof certain chemicals in equipment.We take care of the entire
recycling process for our afliated
companies.”
Does that mean that consumerscan approach manufacturers whenthey want to get rid of their old equipment?
Vlak: “That’s right. Businesses canA sector with a turnover of 30billion euros, 250,000 employees,20 million kilos of waste and7 percent of the total energyconsumption of the Netherlands:that is the Dutch IT sector. TheICT~Milieu Foundation assistsIT manufacturers and importersin collecting their waste. The ITcollection system is a logisticalsystem for collecting, sorting andprocessing used IT equipment.ICT~Milieu is a subsidiary of 
ICT~Ofce, a trade association
of over 500 IT, Telecom, Internet
and Ofce companies in the
Netherlands.
Nationwide collection
 Jan Vlak is the General Directorof ICT~Milieu and coordinates
The Greening of the IT Sector
Incorporating environmental valuesinto an already innovative sector
 
 
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Green accountability
 
How do you stimulate attention for environmental accountability?
Vlak: “We want to exceed theset standards. The IT sector hasalways been an innovative one.For that reason, we present the
case to our afliates as a matter
of business. ICT~Milieu shows thatrecycling is not only feasible, it isconsidered the norm. In addition,new materials are created in theprocess, including metals, rawmaterials and fuels. And all thisis available at a very attractiveprice. Such factors serve as a veryeffective form of encouragementfor the sector. To us, corporatesocial responsibility (CSR) meansthat we need to investigatehow we can generate newbusiness, while at the same timecontinuing our strive for social andenvironmental resolve.
Innovations
 
Does that mean that your knowledge and expertise go beyond  just recycling matters?
Vlak: “Yes. An example of anopportunity that is yet to be seizedlies within the municipalities.Our IT knowledge could proveto be helpful in developing theirenvironmental policy. Energy canbe saved by employing innovativetechniques. This includes energysaving measures for data centres,as well as IT applications thatcontribute to energy savings inother sectors. We view IT as a sortof enabling technology.’’“On 28 May, we will sign aand reporting for the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and theEnvironment in the Netherlands.”
Recycling and Reusing
 
What 
 
happens to the waste that iscollected?
 Vlak: “The used IT equipmentis recycled. After processing, 97percent ends up being reused.In so doing, ICT~Milieu more
than satises the 75 percent
requirement by law. Theequipment is milled into so-callede-scrap. This e-scrap is sent to the
renery, where precious metals are
extracted. And because oil pricesare so high, it is also worthwhileto remove the synthetic materials.These can be added to newsynthetics in the form of granules.”
“We need to investigate how we can generate new business,while at the same time continuing our strive forsocial and environmental accountability.”

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