Impact of the AfB organisation Through IT remarketing, the AfB Group contributes to the protection of the environment, natural resources, inclusion and digital education.

IT remarketing protects the environment and natural resources

New study for reliable measurement of environmental impact in collaboration with myclimate

In 2021, AfB processed more than 450,000 IT and mobile devices and remarketed 59% of them. Extending the life of these devices has enabled AfB to save 20,600 tonnes of natural raw materials and 130,300 MWh of primary energy when compared to the manufacturing process of new devices. 242 million liters less water was used and 33,900 tonnes less greenhouse gases were generated. In addition, it was possible to identify the magnitude of the impact on human health itself. See the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section for more information on each impact.

The basis for determining the environmental impact is a study by the non-profit organization for climate protection myclimate from 2021. It allows AfB to calculate the impact of IT remarketing on the environment and human health using specific key indicators. This form of environmental impact assessment is unique. 

 

What do the key indicator stand for?

Workplaces for people with disabilities Workplaces for people with disabilities

Your used IT equipment helps to create and maintain jobs for people with disabilities at AfB.

Saved raw materials Saved raw materials

By remarketing of used IT devices, fewer raw materials need to be mined for the manufacturing process of new devices. The globally available metal and mineral reserves (e.g. palladium, iron) vary greatly, which is why the consumption of a metal is defined in relation to its availability.

For comparability, all metals and minerals are reported in iron equivalents (kg iron-equiv.). This is based on a life cycle assessment study conducted by TU Berlin in 2013.

Human Toxicity Human Toxicity

Humans are exposed to a variety of environmental pollutants on a daily basis. Human toxicity measures the effects on (or damage to) human health. This damage can be caused by substances (e.g. nitrogen oxides), that enter the air, soil, and water. Human Toxicity is reported in 1.4-dichlorobenzene equivalents (t 1.4-DB-equiv.).

For example, for a smartphone, extending its useful life from 3 to 4.5 years, results in a 45% reduction of human toxicity (for this device), because no new device had to be manufactured for that period of time.

Primary energy consumption Primary energy consumption

Primary energy consumption reflects the demand for primary energy resources (crude oil, hard coal, hydropower etc.) of a product over its entire life cycle from its manufacturing to its disposal. Primary energies are required to provide the final energy (fuels, electricity etc.). The indicator is quantified here in the unit kWh. A saving of 1,000 kWh corresponds to one third of the annual electricity demand of a 2-person household in a single-family house.

Water consumption Water consumption

Water is needed in many manufacturing steps of a product. In many regions, the availability of water is threatened by its overuse, among other things. Water resource depletion is quantified here in liters and indicates the amount, that has been withdrawn from a water source area. The AWARE method used is based on quantifying the amount of water left available in an area after the demands of humans and aquatic ecosystems have been met. A saving of 1,000 liters corresponds to 5 filled bathtubs (where one has a 200 l filling capacity).

Greenhouse gas emissions Greenhouse gas emissions

Greenhouse gas emissions caused by human activities contribute to the warming of the earth's atmosphere and thus to climate change. The Global Warming Potential (GWP) is used as an indicator. For comparability, all greenhouse gas emissions are converted to CO2  equivalents.

A saving of 1,000 kg CO2  equivalents corresponds to a journey of 4,900 km with a medium-class gasoline engine. To absorb 1,000 kg of CO2  equivalents, a beech tree must grow for approximately 80 years.

Water Eco-Toxicity Water Eco-Toxicity

Water is a valuable resource for life on our planet, which is endangered by toxic substances, among other things. Freshwater and seawater eco-toxicity (Water eco-toxicity) refers to the effects on freshwater or seawater ecosystems as a result of the emissions of toxic substances to air, water and soil. This key indicator is quantified in 1.4-dichlorobenzene equivalent/kg emission (1.4-DB/kg).

CSR from AfB

CSR certificate for AfB partners

Based on the number of equipment handed over to our company and the extent of its remarketing, we will issue a certificate to our IT partners on their ecological and social benefits for society.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the new CSR certificate

How can i get a CSR certificate as an afb it partner?
Our IT devices were collected by AfB near the end of previous year. Why are these not part of the CSR certificate?
What do iron equivalents stand for?
What can I do with a CSR certificate?
Notebook with resource consumption of CO2 

Did you know ...

Resource consumption and CO2 emissions are closely linked. If a notebook recycled by AfB is used for a total of 7.5 years instead of 4.5 years, 113.65 kg of CO2 equiv. will be saved, this corresponds to a saving of 66% CO2 equiv.!

Managing Director AfB gGmbH Daniel Büchle
AfB-Geschäftsführer Daniel Büchle

Thanks a lot!

"We show, that sustainability, inclusion and quality go hand in hand together. It's great, that you and all of our partners put your trust in us and make our work possible."

Daniel Büchle
Managing Director AfB gGmbH

 

The partnership with AfB - a contribution to seven SDGs

 As an IT partner of AfB, you contribute to the fulfillment of seven UN Sustainable Development Goals. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were developed by the United Nations to jointly address societal challenges until 2030.

Through an IT partnership with AfB, you make a valuable contribution to the fulfillment of seven SDGs.

By reusing IT devices, water usage and the impact on water ecosystems due to the emission of toxic substances is reduced.

By creating inclusive workplaces, AfB promotes the social and economic inclusion as well as the self-determination of people with disabilities.

Reuse and recycling of IT devices leads to savings in emissions, raw materials and energy and thus contributes to climate protection.

Ensuring equal opportunities is linked to an access to good learning tools and materials for the students. AfB supports educational projects worldwide, by providing IT devices.

IT remarketing contributes to the sustainable extraction of raw materials and the reduction of e-waste landfills in the Global South.

AfB helps reduce resource consumption, emissions and e-waste by reusing IT hardware.

The cooperation between AfB and IT partners significantly supports the achievement of social and environmental goals.

Support for your CSR reporting

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We will gladly support you in the compilation of sustainability reports. Whether you report according to CDP, DNK, GRI or the Global Compact, we have already developed text templates and instructions for each standard so that you can easily include the partnership with us and thus your contribution to environmental and social sustainability in your sustainability report.

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