Companies are increasingly trying to make sure they do their bit for the environment and those that fail to do so are at risk of being left behind by their rivals.
Members of the public prefer to buy products and services from firms with a strong environmental conscience so it is more vital than ever to be aware of carbon footprints.
As well as the benefit of an organisation knowing it is doing its bit to help save the planet, there are a range of financial advantages as well, which makes it a no-brainer for companies.
Reducing how much energy is being used in the office both saves money for the business, allowing it to be more efficient and profitable as a result, as well as helping the environment.
Figures from the government show that the UK’s carbon footprint rose in 2010, which means companies and members of the public are going to have to start doing more to help the planet.
It was revealed that the country’s carbon dioxide footprint increased by ten per cent after a 19 per cent drop in 2009, indicating how difficult it can be to keep the figure under tight control.
The government also announced carbon emissions have risen by 59 per cent since 1993, which was partly put down to an increase in exports from China and the rest of the world.
It was pointed out that the UK’s total carbon footprint reached its peak in 2004 and has gone up by five per cent between 1993 and 2010 – showing just how much work is still needed.
How firms can help
Most companies will already have some form of environmental strategy and while this is a good start, it is not going to be enough and organisations will have to look at doing more.
Simply having a recycling policy or encouraging members of staff to turn off computers at the end of the working day is not going to have a big enough impact, so businesses are going to have to examine fresh and innovative ways to bring down their carbon emissions and footprint.
One such way that is becoming increasingly popular is through making wholesale changes to the print strategy of a firm. Many companies pay little attention to their printing and this can be a mistake, as it is a major cost and the environmental impact of using more paper, devices and electricity than is strictly necessary can be large.
Using managed print services
Managed print services is the process by which a company can identify where wastage is occurring through its print plan and make changes to improve its efficiency and eco credentials.
Solutions that are often recommended through these services include reducing the number of devices being used in the office – for instance by getting rid of scanners, fax machines and copiers and replacing them with a new all-in-one printer instead.
The IT sector is constantly evolving as companies search for solutions to make themselves more flexible, adaptable and environmentally-friendly and managed print services seems to tick all the required boxes.
This means it is likely it is here to stay and with research showing many organisations can cut their costs by as much as a third by using OKI’s managed print services, the benefits are clear to see.