The digital carbon footprint accounts for a third of the French automobile sector. In France, during 2020, nearly one ton of resources were used per person annually for digital purposes.
Responsible digital technology: a tool to safeguard the climate
Wiztivi remains steadfast in its commitment to promoting greater environmental responsibility in the digital technology sector.
We are collaborating with the local economic cluster of La Fleuriaye in Carquefou to contribute to climate protection efforts, taking the lead in coordinating an inter-company initiative to collect waste electrical and electronic equipment from March to September 2023, as part of Digital Clean-Up Day.
Roughly 80% of greenhouse gas emissions are attributed to the manufacturing of digital equipment*. By advocating for the reuse and repair of these devices, we are combating climate change. Functional equipment will be either sold or donated to those in need. Non-functional equipment, on the other hand, will be refurbished to extend its lifespan or recycled.
In 2020, smartphones, televisions, laptops and desktop computers accounted for more than 50% of the greenhouse gas emissions in the digital sector*. Partnerships have been established to promote the circular economy with Breton company Little Phoenix, the cooperative Les Ateliers du Bocage, and the association Emmaüs connect. The recycling aspect is managed by Ecologic, an organization authorized by the government and dedicated to public service missions.
Eleven companies, 200 pieces of equipment and around 1 ton collected
We extend our gratitude to the 11 companies in La Fleuriaye that participated in the collection: BOP Technologies, CAPEXIA, CASEDI, Genealogical Study of La Fleuriaye, FRAC des Pays de la Loire, JJB Conseil, KEOPS Automation, Prios, Prosystem, Uniformation and Wiztivi.
We are proud to have achieved the following:
- A total of 44 smartphones will be processed by Les Ateliers du Bocage and/or Emmaüs connect (La collecte.Tech), equating to almost 2205 lb of equivalent CO2 potentially saved (assuming that 3/4 of the smartphones are reusable / source).
- More than 40 computer screens have been reused, along with nearly 20 laptops and several desktops (almost 7,055 lb of equivalent CO2 potentially saved / source), as well as Wi-Fi routers, server blades and more.
- Additionally, approximately 1,675 lb of equipment, nearly 200 items in total, were sent to the Ecologic recycling channel for depollution (batteries, etc.) and resource recovery (raw materials: iron, non-ferrous metals).
The three most collected items in terms of weight are:
- printers and computer peripherals (scanners, etc.) with 761 lb,
- small electrical equipment (cables, remote controls, keyboards, mice, headsets, etc.) with 496 lb,
- flat screens at 247 lb.
Once again, a big thank you to all the participating companies, and we look forward to seeing you next year for the next Digital Clean Up Day!
* ADEME-ARCEP study, assessing the environmental footprint of digital technology in France in 2020, 2030 and 2050.