World Telecommunication and Information Society Day
Almost half of enterprises consider environmental impact of ICT services or ICT equipment when selecting them
49% of enterprises with 10 or more employees and self-employed consider environmental impact of ICT services or ICT equipment when selecting them. Price is crucial for individuals aged 16–74 years when buying mobile phone or computer. 59% keep no longer used mobile or smartphone in the household.
17 May is the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day. This year's focus is on empowering the least developed countries through information and communication technologies. In 2022, according to the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), Slovenia ranked 11th among EU Member States. Digitalization is key to competitiveness and higher productivity, and at the same time contributes to achieving the goals of the European Green Deal by promoting a circular economy in the use of ICT and more efficient energy consumption. This is important with the growing level of the digitalization.
In 2022, almost all individuals aged 16–74 years used mobile phones for private purposes (98%): 85% a smartphone and 12% a mobile phone with only basic functions, e.g. possibility of making calls or sending SMS messages. The usage of smart devices is increasing, e.g. 49% of individuals used an Internet-connected SMART TV (41% in 2020), 18% smart home appliances such as robot vacuums, fridges, ovens, washing machines, coffee machine (14% in 2020).
In enterprises with 10 or more employees and self-employed, 62% of employees and self-employed had access to the Internet for business purposes, and 37% were provided by the enterprise with portable device that allows connection to the Internet via mobile telephone network. The digitalization of business operations continues: e.g. 54% used tools to support teamwork and collaboration (e.g. MS Teams, Slack), and 46% conducted remote meetings. 16% had guidelines to favour remote meetings via the Internet instead of business travelling.
A tenth of investments in 2021 allocated to information-communication equipment
Digitalization of business is conditioned by investment in and use of ICT. In 2021, enterprises (with 20 or more employees and all the units in public administration, defence and compulsory social security) invested around EUR 659 million in ICT, which is 11% more than in 2019, the year before the declaration of the pandemic. 35% of investments in ICT were allocated to computers and peripheral equipment, 20% to communication equipment and consumer electronics, and 45% to software.
The share of enterprises that applied measures to affect the impact of ICT usage on the environment is below the EU-27 average
In parallel with the increases in the use of ICT, their impact on the environment is also increasing. 48% of enterprises with 10 or more employees and self-employed applied measures to affect the amount of paper used for printing and copying (in EU-27: 66%) and 43% measures for energy consumption of the ICT equipment, e.g. switching off equipment when not in use, purchasing ICT equipment that consumes less energy (in EU-27: 44%).
49% of enterprises consider environmental impact of ICT services or ICT equipment when selecting them, such as energy consumption and other factors, e.g. packaging can be recycled, ICT equipment is easily repairable (in EU-27: 58%).
More than a third of enterprises keep ICT equipment that is no longer used in the enterprises, e.g. to be used as spare parts or out of fear of sensitive information being disclosed
Enterprises deal with ICT equipment (computers, screens, mobile phones) they no longer use in the following ways:
- 78% of enterprises dispose ICT equipment in electronic waste collection/recycling, incl. leaving it to the retailer to dispose of (in EU-27: 77%),
- 38% keep it in the enterprise, e.g. to be used as spare parts or out of fear of sensitive information being disclosed (in EU-27: 49%),
- 35% of them sell, return to a leasing enterprise, or they donate ICT equipment (in EU-27: 28%).
When buying a mobile phone or a computer, the most important thing is its price
At the latest purchase of mobile or smartphone, desktop, laptop or tablet computer, Internet users in the last three months before the survey (89% of individuals aged 16–74 years) considered the following characteristics important:
- 70% price (in EU-27: 73%),
- 68% hard drive characteristics, processor speed (in EU-27: 59%),
- 18% energy efficiency of the device (in EU-27: 24%),
- 14% ecodesign of the device, e.g. simple upgrade, reparable, environmentally friendly packaging (in EU-27: 14%),
- 11% possibility to extend the life span of the device by buying extra guarantee (in EU-27: 10%),
- 9% a take-back scheme (in EU-27: 7%).
No longer used mobiles or smartphones are kept in the household by more than half of individuals
More than half of individuals (who used the Internet in the last three months) kept mobile or smartphones they no longer use in the household (59%). 39% kept in the household laptop or tablet computer no longer used and 24% desktop computer. A desktop computer is the most often no longer used ICT equipment that is disposed of in electronic waste collection/recycling or left to the retailer to dispose of (18%).