Report on reuse and recycling of computers, monitors and tablets

  • End of Life Management
  • Reuse and recycling


Requirements and Criteria Type: 
  • Contract Terms

Main Objective: 

The main purpose is to highlight internally in the Contracting authority’s organization the climate benefit of procuring products that last long and that can be reused, and of having a responsible recycling policy.

Requirement Specification: 

The supplier shall [every year, XX.XX.XXXX] report the following based on collected ICT equipment from the client:

  1. Proportion of collected equipment that is either upgraded for reuse or recycled
  2. Theoretical proportion of recycled metals (for instance gold, silver, platina/palladium)
  3. Theoretical reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide as a result of reuse (by giving ICT equipment a second life) and / or of recycled metals (saved extraction and processing costs in terms of CO2)

Documentation of the Requirement Specification: 

A report that includes the information specified in the contract terms. Written references should always be cited.

Information about the Requirement Specification: 

By establishing a key performance indicator (KPI) for reduced emissions as a result of reuse and recycling, the contracting authority’s organization can highlight how it works to reduce its emissions both internally, vis-à-vis colleagues and in external communication. The KPI should be linked to the organization’s climate goals and can highlight the value of buying ICT equipment that can last long.

The extraction and processing of minerals is a significant source of CO2 emissions associated with the production of IT equipment. Silver, gold and palladium stand out as minerals with a particularly high negative environmental impact. These minerals are included in motherboards and circuit boards. For further information, see the EU’s technical report under "Related links" below.

The information requested in the contract term may be time consuming to gather for the supplier and should not be requested unless the contracting authority has specific goals and plans for using the information.

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Published: 23. Sep 2019, Last modified: 26. Sep 2019