LONDON – October 27th, 2021 – The International Data Sanitization Consortium (IDSC), today sent an open letter to the RT Hon Alok Sharma MP, President of COP26, urging that e-waste be included on the agenda at COP26. Ahead of this year’s UN Climate Summit COP26 conference that starts on Sunday, 31st October, the IDSC has stressed the need to promote greener, more sustainable models of waste management to tackle our climate emergency.

The UN Global E-waste Monitor 2020, highlights that e-waste is now the fastest growing global waste stream. As the second largest producer of e-waste per capita in the world, the UK has the opportunity to set an example on a global stage for why we must make significant improvements to reduce the impact of e-waste on the environment.

The open letter outlines the missed opportunity for greater engagement with the circular economy. It is a rallying call from the technology industry for a more comprehensive green strategy and asks that the UK government provides incentives to organisations that pursue sustainable e-waste management and engage with the circular economy. The letter also asks that the government provides guidance to organisations and consumers on end-of-life electronics and IT equipment management and that it considers data sanitization policy reform and presents some of the significant socio-economic and environmental benefits of improving models of end-of-life electronic and IT equipment management.

The full open letter written by Fredrik Forslund, Director, International Data Sanitization Consortium, can be read here.

Notes to editors

If you have any questions or would like to speak to Fredrik Forslund about the letter, the significant socio-economic and environmental of addressing e-waste and sustainable models of end-of-life electronic and IT equipment management, don’t hesitate to get in touch via:

About International Data Sanitization Consortium

The International Data Sanitization Consortium’s (IDSC) mission is to build consensus around definitions and best practices for data erasure, data lifecycle management, and data security lifecycle in compliance with security and privacy laws, standards and regulations. A key mission is to support sustainability and reduced destruction of functioning IT assets to reduce e-waste. The Consortium also supports the advancement of information technology with organizations adhering to and receiving best practices in data sanitization. IDSC advisory members include educators, analysts, technology solutions providers, IT asset disposition companies and enterprise organizations. Visit to learn more.


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