E-Waste Systems is rolling out software that can identify and quantify the energy use of electronics to help companies cut energy consumption, comply with e-waste recycling rules and facilitate carbon trading.
The technology brings the first public carbon credit trading ability to the e-waste industry, EWSI says.
The eWaste Carbon Credit technology was developed by E-Waste Systems, an electronics reverse logistics also known as EWSI, and Village Green Global to be operated under the eWaste CC brand name.
The e-waste software technology is integrated with VGG’s SMARTWeb system, an energy reporting and carbon accounting tool offered as Software as a Service (SaaS) to large greenhouse gas emitters and other organizations to reduce their energy and operating costs, validate their emissions, document their reductions, and support carbon credit trading.
The emissions from electronic goods imported to the US increased 300 percent from 170 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 1997 to 470 million mt tons in 2004, according to the 2007 IEEE International Symposium on Electronics and the Environment.
Recycling electronics recovers materials that would otherwise be thrown away and cause environmental contamination in a landfill, EWSI says. Recycling these materials requires less energy and lowers the need for mining virgin natural resources, which in turn reduces the carbon footprint of electronics through the lifetime, the company says.
Staples, Best Buy and Office Depot are the only three major electronics retailers making a serious effort to help consumers recycle their old electronic products, says a report card released last month by the Electronics TakeBack Coalition.
While the three companies earned high marks on the report card, more than half of the 16 retailers flunked, including retail giants such as Walmart, Amazon, Costco, Sam’s Club and Sears. The coalition say that these retailers are doing very little to help recycle the billions of dollars in electronics that they sell.