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The rationale is varied. For some it’s mandatory: adhering to targets set by the government, in the case of the public sector, or achieving carbon reduction targets set out for large businesses that contribute to the positive climate steps taken in Paris during the COP21 meeting in 2015. For some businesses, exhibiting attractive sustainability credentials enables them to widen the pool of businesses that they are able to contract with, particularly for those companies demanding a sustainable supply chain. Of course, the driver for many organisations is simply a desire to operate ethically.
Regardless of the motivation, a movement to ‘go green’ also makes long-term economic sense, with wastage reduced and efficiency amplified. This article takes a look at some key considerations for businesses looking to prioritise sustainability through their print and document operations.
With the right hardware and software combination, it’s easy to eliminate much of a workplace’s print waste. Changing behaviours via rule-based programmes enable companies to default to double-sided black and white print, resulting in substantial savings in paper and toner. Similarly, the implementation of ‘pull printing’ ensures that documents are only printed when the user scans the print device itself, ensuring that the workplace is no longer littered with forgotten or unneeded print outs.
Newer print models have been designed to use much less electricity, reducing their carbon footprint whilst simultaneously reducing the cost of operation. To make sure you’re selecting the most energy efficient model, it’s worth checking out the Typical Energy Consumption, or TEC, comparisons. These are performed under lab testing and benchmark the energy usage for similar kinds of devices. To give this some context, over four generations of the same device (and an eight year period), we have seen the same A3 MFP go from a consumption level of 7.7KWh per week in 2008 to just 1.8KWh in 2016.
Digitisation continues to be a major theme within the workplace, with most organisations now adopting some form of cloud-based document storage, enabling staff to quickly and easily find the information that they need on screen without the need to print everything. This move to digital storage is also fundamental to the movement to more mobile working, as staff can access and contribute information from home, with clients or on the move.
To really integrate a sustainable approach throughout your business, it’s important to partner with like-minded organisations. At Danwood, we take our commitment to operating in an environmentally-friendly fashion very seriously. In fact, since 1998 we have maintained an ISO 140001-accredited Environmental Management System. One aspect of this is our huge remanufacturing and warehouse operation in the Midlands, which is responsible both for stock storage and distribution and for mass remanufacturing of out-of-date printers and photocopiers. Some of these older devices are worked upon by our engineers and then donated to other countries where they can be reused. Where it isn’t possible to repair them, the devices are recycled as far as is possible, with any parts that are not recyclable disposed of in an appropriate manner. In 2016, we reused or recycled 615 tonnes of materials, including: paper, wood, cardboard, plastic packaging, wire, metal and waste electrical equipment.
To find out how we can support you in your sustainability journey, or to learn more about any of the initiatives above, contact us or call 0844 481 2222.