Could Your Good Carbon Footprint Earn You Money?

Author: Richard Shaw
Posted: November 6, 2014

With the paperless office becoming an ever more sought-after goal and more and more companies moving towards automated document management system, our carbon footprints as professionals are no doubt benefitting. With the government now offering incentives for reducing carbon footprints, businesses should now be looking to do their bit for the environment.

We’ve discussed the benefit of the document management system in depth, but its environmental effects are often lost in translation amongst discussion of the financial and efficiency benefits of the system. Importantly, the introduction of a document management system effectively nullifies the usage of paper in the office. Paper wastage is a clear impacter on the carbon footprint of a business, and we are certainly a wasteful bunch with the average UK worker using 15,000 sheets of paper every year.

The Waste and Resource Action Programme (WRAP) is the leading incentive programme available to businesses making a positive effort towards reducing their carbon footprint and having less of a derogatory effect on the environment. Between 2008 and 2011, WRAP has generated £2.2 billion of economic benefits for the UK economy.

The work completed by WRAP has also worked to prevent 6.6 million tonnes of greenhouse gasses, equivalent to taking 2.2 million cars off the road for a year as well as 12.6 million tonnes of waste, which would fill Wembley Stadium  more than 18 times over.

Essentially, the work of WRAP boasts benefits both economically and environmentally and offers a great incentive for companies to make the paperless office a tangible goal that they want to achieve. The implementation of a document management system is an important step forward for companies looking to contribute to improving the environment and doing their bit to reduce their carbon footprint.

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