Circular Economy and Water
We reuse equipment, scale flexible solutions and services, and reduce our e-waste. We’re also transforming how we manage IT asset disposal, general waste and water.
DXC’s largest waste and resource stream from our services will arise from the procurement, delivery, use and disposal of e-waste used primarily at offsite locations. While DXC is considered a technology service provider, we do acquire hardware and infrastructure products. These are mostly desktops, laptops, printers, monitors and servers.
We apply a circular economy approach to the re-use of equipment, scalability of solutions, flexibility of services and reduction of e-waste.
To this end, DXC ensures that a “waste hierarchy” is maintained. As part of DXC’s environmental plan, we have set a target for zero e-waste to landfill.
After our products are refurbished, they are re-used by repackaging and putting them into ''customer owned'' stock for call-off as required, selling them through popular auction websites or IT brokers, or donating them to charity. With this approach, DXC ensures that our IT equipment is re-used for a second life.
Our progress to date includes:
DXC also implements a reverse supply chain and ensures that retired IT assets are disposed of in ways that are both secure and environmentally compliant.
To reduce potential harmful impacts on the environment, DXC is committed to managing its ITAD-waste. We monitor waste disposal through internationally recognised guidelines. We also use e-waste reporting forms as part of our environmental reporting, and these reports are externally audited.
DXC’s waste streams vary, including everything from non-hazardous waste such as paper, packaging and plastic cups to hazardous waste such as fluorescent tubes, used batteries and spent oil.
To manage this waste, DXC reviews options for each waste stream. We do this using a standard waste hierarchy, which focuses on prevention, reusing materials and limiting the volumes sent for recovery and incineration.
At DXC, we ensure that all waste from our operations is managed in compliance with local regulations. We also pursue disposal up the waste hierarchy to minimise environmental impacts and encourage “circular economy” thinking.
We also implement awareness-raising measures among our building occupants and data center teams, highlighting behaviors that can reduce waste and increase recycling. We support these efforts through global campaigns that focus on key areas such as single-use plastics. We also set recycling targets at the local level for certain waste streams, and then monitor and improve their performance.
We aim to increase recycled and energy recovery, and reduce waste that is sent to landfills.
Water is a relatively low-impact resource for DXC. Many of our facilities are leased buildings that lack direct control of water. And our data centers are increasingly moving away from using water for cooling equipment.
Where DXC does have direct responsibility for site water management, we're analysing how much water is used, as well as how much it costs. We ensure that water is managed as a resource.
In this way, DXC uses water efficiently, while minimising or even eliminating adverse impacts. We do this by both implementing water-saving techniques and educating our employees on the importance and best practices of water efficiency.