Technology and climate change: the union of the mind

Technology can help companies significantly reduce their carbon footprint.

The latest IPCC report is sounding the alarm again. It is imperative to change our habits very quickly if we are to save the planet. But while it’s easy on a personal level to turn off the lights, turn the temperature down, or turn off the tap, on a business level, the process can be more complex. As far as rapid development is possible in terms of the area of ​​the company itself or its energy consumption, everything that will be “external” (suppliers, supply, etc.) will be more difficult to change. And yet, many solutions are already available to help organizations reduce their carbon footprint, both internally and with their suppliers.

Xerox began its first sustainability initiatives over 40 years ago with duplex printing and the first recycled copier paper, followed in the 1980s by the first sustainability policy and environmental reports. environment and encourage their employees to do the same. Both in his work and in his proposals, sustainable development plays a key role.

Print better and print less

While paper can be considered a responsible resource, we’ve all experienced piles of paper thrown into the trash can. However, this is one of the first points that the company can optimize. For example, by organizing the recycling of printed paper, as well as setting the print quality and duplex printing by default. The current equipment and related services also allow you to automatically manage the renewal and recycling of consumables or switch to recycled paper.

But in addition to constantly improving material performance, manufacturers like Xerox are looking to recycle certain components, such as the metal casing of copiers, to reduce the environmental impact of the manufacturing process.

Adapting the company to hybrid work

The highlight of recent months has been the introduction of this new hybrid work environment, where employees are no longer systematically on the company site but still want the same access to internal services. Although teleworking reduces the carbon footprint of home/work travel and the impact of company ownership, it can only be effective if you implement rich and completely secure document management.

Today, there are secure cloud-based software platforms that provide access to workflow automation and digitization tools to help teams overcome everyday challenges to improve productivity anywhere, anytime, on any device, be it a laptop, tablet, or all-in-one. Printer. Thus, collaboration can be as seamless as in an office even several hundred miles away.

Innovate to reduce your carbon footprint

New developments such as artificial intelligence, augmented reality or 3D printing can also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Xerox CareAR service, for example, allows a technician to remotely consult a person on site during a device failure using an augmented reality application. Thus, repair crews reduce their trips to the sites of major accidents that require only their presence on the spot. This is the same amount won for greenhouse gas emissions.

On the other hand, 3D printing can extend the life of equipment by producing on demand or small batches of spare parts for functional equipment whose spare parts are no longer available. This avoids restarting a large series, most of which will remain unused.

Decarbonization is also a business approach

Xerox has long been committed to sustainability, but these initiatives are even more important today. The company considers it its social responsibility to do what is best not only for itself, but also for individuals, the environment and society. Key elements of this social responsibility strategy focus on how it can reduce its and its clients’ environmental impact.

Thus, at the end of last year, Xerox published its “Net Zero” program. This roadmap focuses on process improvement and energy efficiency as well as green product development and clean technology development. The goal is to achieve “zero emissions” by 2040.

Today, there are technologies that allow organizations, regardless of their activities, to work towards reducing their carbon footprint both within and within their ecosystem. This is a goal that everyone should accept because the continuation of commercial activity will depend on the sustainability of our environment.