IT&CC Working Group “Towards a Circular Economy in the IT Industry”

6th November 2023 from 6:00pm — 8:30pm • Information Technologists' Hall and Zoom

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Join the IT & Climate Change Working Group at this Hybrid event for an insight into how the IT industry is transitioning from a linear take-make-throw process to a more circular economy that mitigates its impact on the environment and the climate.

Electronic waste (or e-waste) is the fastest growing waste stream in the world, and the UK generates the second-highest amount of e-waste per capita in the world, at 23.9 kg/person.  e-waste contains precious metals and rare earth materials that can be recovered and fed back into the supply chain. However, many IT assets are now being remanufactured and repurposed for an extended life, providing a valuable source of lower cost computing for SMEs, nonprofits and charities.

How many old technology items like mobile devices, laptops and accessories do you have lying around unused in drawers?



Russell Macdonald, Freeman and member of IT&CC, is Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s (HPE) Chief Technologist for the Public Sector, providing strategic advice to government and public services on hybrid cloud and sustainable IT strategies. HPE operates two of the largest Technology Renewal Centres in the world, extending the life of enterprise IT assets and promoting a circular economy. Russell is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, manufactures and commerce (FRSA); Member of the British Computer Society (MBCS) and Member of the Institute for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (MICRS).

Rich Kenny is the Managing Director at Interact, a world leading environmental consultancy utilising circular economy machine learning software, and he is Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Engineering at London South Bank University (LSBU). His research and development focus are hardware energy efficiency and the environmental and economic impacts of IT hardware during creation, use and disposal. He has contributed to the UK’s Industrial Strategy, European Legislation (Eco-design Directive, EU taxonomy on Energy Efficiency) and his research has been published in internationally renowned academic journals (IEEE, Elsevier), conferences (LCM, ICAC, GECOST) and anthologies



In person (5.30pm-8pm) – Information Technologists’ Hall, 39a Bartholomew Close, Barbican, London EC1A 7JN. Cost £15 inc VAT

Via Zoom (6pm-7.30pm) – the link can be found in your confirmation email

Cost £Free