This project addresses the climate costs of junking the world’s ever-increasing amounts of outdated computer equipment. A Canadian company called the Carbon Neutral Technology Corporation has created a program called CO2Neutral to give older devices a second life. That reduces the carbon emissions associated with the manufacturing of new equipment. Bonus benefits include decreasing the emissions from hauling electronic waste to landfills and extending the lives of the landfills themselves.
Program participants (in this case, another Canadian company called Comsale) collect and inspect computers, servers, printers, smartphones, networking and storage devices, and other equipment. They wipe stored data, remove all branding, refurbish the electronics and packaging, and load the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system.
Small and medium-size businesses, educational institutions, online retailers, and other customers get bargain-priced generic equipment that perfectly meets their less-than-state-of-the-art technology needs. Carbon Neutral Technology Corporation gets carbon offsets to sell. And a lot of electronic devices get reused instead of scrapped.
Cloverly buys offsets that meet accepted standards for being real, measurable, verifiable, permanent, and additional. "Additional" means that the carbon savings would not have happened without the offset project and that the project would not have happened unless it got certified to sell carbon offsets. The CSA GHG Reductions CleanProjects Registry oversees verification of the IT Asset Reuse Project. You can find verification documents at https://www.csaregistries.ca/reductions/masterprojectdetails_e.cfm?pid=879.
Projects can produce many offsets during a year. So a project may appear more than once in the Cloverly portfolio. You can tell the year of the offset by the date in the web address for each project: "12-months-starting-[month]-[year]." For a list of all the projects in our portfolio and an interactive map, see https://dashboard.cloverly.com/offsets. Learn more about Cloverly at https://cloverly.com.