Px3 CEO, Dr. Justin Sutton-Parker, joined TCO Development CEO, Soren Enholm and Director of Purchaser Engagement, Clare Hobby, plus Rijkswaterstaat’s Circular & Fair ICT Pact (CFIT) program manager Marieke Weerdesteijn to speak at the annual Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) in Atlanta, USA.
Photo: Main Stage SPLC, August 2023 (credit RTW Photography)
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, SPLC focuses on procurement and supply chain management being front and center in driving sustainability.
This year, the summit focused on moving attendees from good intentions to real-world impact. As such, sustainable IT research organisation Px3 , eco certification TCO Development and CFIT were invited to discuss how their combined efforts are helping people and companies to reduce the carbon footprint of ICT products.
Clare Hobby compared and introduced the expert panel with Dr. Sutton-Parker framing why sustainable IT is important to driving responsible consumption and manufacturing and ultimately climate action. Ideas of how simple it is to make immediate changes to device procurement activities were highlighted using the Px3 online applications suite
Marieke Weerdesteijn explained how the Circular & Fair ICT Pact (CFIT) international procurement-led partnership is helping to accelerate circularity, fairness and sustainability in the ICT sector. Focusing on knowledge sharing and guidance to stimulate the use of common and easy-to-use procurement criteria, CFIT is going from strength to strength as part of the UN One Planet Network SPP programme.
Soren Enholm highlighted how the TCO Certified world-leading sustainability certification for IT products uses a comprehensive system of up-to-date criteria, independent verification and a structured system for continuous improvement to drive real and lasting change. Addressing hazardous substances, circularity, socially responsible manufacturing, environmentally responsible manufacturing, and much more, all certified products must meet all product category standards to become TCO Certified.
The content generated numerous questions from the audience, bringing the informative session to a close ahead of many more topics and forums included in the 4-day event.