Hardware repair firm Comtek has launched a petition asking the government to abolish VAT on ICT product repairs.
The company claims that cutting the tax will allow businesses to reduce the amount of hardware being sent to landfill sites.
Comtek said that the government needs to bolster its support of UK businesses by offering a tax incentive that will improve their eco-sustainability and concentrate efforts on current ICT products rather than investing in new green technologies.
The firm believes that the government is penalising attempts to adopt a more environmentally friendly approach to ICT products by taxing businesses for repairing rather than replacing hardware.
The problem, according to Comtex, is that manufacturers are pressured to upgrade to eco-friendly kit rather than repair existing kit.
"The environmental reasons for replacing ICT equipment simply don't make sense, since the massive energy consumption does not come from daily operational use, but from the manufacturing processes involved in producing the equipment," said Askar Sheibani, chief executive at Comtek.
"Businesses aren't hearing this message, so we're calling on the government to take action and recognise that sustainable ICT involves using products for as long as possible."
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