With offices gradually reopening, hybrid work will become the new norm for most employees. It offers the best of both worlds: working from home for optimal concentration and going to the office for creative interaction. Companies, too, need to look at the world of work differently because of recent changes. It is no longer enough just to consider important features. In the modern work environment, employers must encourage innovations that enable us to shape our work style in a future-proof and sustainable way.
Sustainable technology: from opportunity to requirements
‘Technology-to-hybrid’ includes the technological resources that must enable any ‘hybrid’ employee to switch quickly and efficiently between work environments, in order to work smoothly and productively anywhere. An increasingly important element of technology-for-hybrid is sustainability. Our thinking and action has changed in recent years. Where sustainability used to be primarily a cost or risk, both business and private users today consider it an important aspect of purchasing new products and services.
While companies play a major role in tackling increased greenhouse gas emissions, many consumers also want to do their part and value sustainable products more. Sustainable technology has therefore become an indispensable part of the modern workplace.
100% recyclable packaging
As a technology company, Lenovo takes responsibility for making products and services as sustainable as possible for the hybrid work environment. About ten years ago, 100% recycled and recyclable packaging material was used for the first time. We now use natural materials, fibers and low density polyethylene for many of our products. The Thinkpad portfolio is a good example of this. The new ThinkPad Z series was launched at CES 2022. This laptop is made with sustainable materials such as recycled aluminum or recycled black vegan leather. The packaging contains 100% recyclable and compostable bamboo and sugar cane, and the AC adapter uses 90% Post-Consumer Content (PCC). In doing so, Lenovo adheres to its goal of incorporating sustainable properties and materials into its products.
Although many companies state that they often still work with direct connection to the mains, in addition to the use of sustainable materials, other design factors also play a role. Due to the flexible and mobile way of working, many employees need longer battery life. Even when working from home, employees do not want to be glued to the electrical outlet. This means that applications, chips, energy and temperature must be properly controlled, and it can be a challenge to find the balance between temperature control and maximum performance. The solution to this challenge lies in software and hardware tuning. It makes it possible to tailor the performance to different tasks and needs. The use of artificial intelligence can help control the power consumption of monitors, 4G LTE and 5G.
CO₂ compensation service
In addition to durable products, lenovo CO₂ offers offset service for all Think models. This service already existed for companies, but will soon also enable consumers to offset their CO emissions at the time of product purchase. As a consumer, you can therefore sign up for this service when purchasing Lenovo technology. Part of the purchase price is then spent on a project that is committed to a better environment. This is then confirmed by a Lenovo CO2 offset partner, so you as the buyer can easily follow where this share has ended up.
In this way, Lenovo’s CO₂ offset service supports various initiatives, including the start-up of new projects and the expansion of existing projects such as wind turbines, solar cells and biomass energy. Since its launch last year, Lenovo’s CO2 Offset Service has contributed to the sustainable development of communities around the world, including improving air and water quality, reducing energy consumption and supporting safe waste management.
This is just one example of an initiative that can help reduce CO2 emissions, and many companies are already working on similar initiatives. Together we must continue to work to preserve our climate, because only together can we achieve this goal. In a world where technology is becoming increasingly important, sustainable technology has become an indispensable element in achieving this goal.
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