Reducing carbon footprint with technology

Business’ carbon footprint can be dramatically reduced by using technology, and this can help both improve green credentials, but more fundamentally, cut costs. 

By upgrading systems, business is more efficient and workers more productive. So why not start implementing improvements as soon as possible? 

Artificial intelligence

Artificial Intelligence is currently being applied to almost any process. The possibilities are endless, and the benefits are endless.

For example, when used in workflow management, AI can work out how to improve performance by itself. Better efficiency means fewer resources wasted, further reducing your carbon footprint.

Many companies have begun to implement these technologies in an unprecedented way. For example, in supermarkets (Morrisons may be a good example) there is the possibility of optimizing replenishment and automating ordering of products. As a result, supermarkets are able to ship the right products to the right stores automatically, reducing waste and transportation costs while giving its customers the products they most want to buy.

Electronic devices

If we compare laptops and desktops, we can say that the first ones (as well as mobile devices) are built with low-power components so that their batteries last longer. And what does this mean?  They draw less power than a traditional desktop computer, reducing running costs.

The translation into costs would be that on average, a laptop costs around 1p per hour to run, while a desktop computer costs 2p per hour. And if you have thousands of devices, that turns into big savings and a massive reduction in carbon over a year.

Although that is not the only advantage, since mobile devices also allow flexibility, since employees can work from anywhere.

Print only what you need

It’s always been important to raise awareness about the use of printers. In addition to avoiding excessive use of paper, we also talk about energy savings. And that is why the use of smart printers is recommended. 

It is a ‘must’ for modern companies, because the possibilities are huge. Users can be asked to log in before they print – stopping print-and-forget copies, as they have to be in front of a printer to release a job.

You can also implement quotas and proper print reporting so you can see who is costing the most amount of money and why. And even better, managed print services can give you better oversight of your printing costs, helping you tackle waste. 

Collaboration tools

Many times we have talked about the new trend that has come with the pandemic. Previously, business travel was something very common, unquestionable. But since covid shook the pillars of society, everything has changed.

Travel, particularly internationally, hugely contributes to carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. So reducing the amount of travel that your company has to do is hugely beneficial – and technology helps. 

Currently, many employees work remotely. Meetings take place with tools such as zoom, teams, google meet, etc. This lowers costs and reduces the carbon footprint as well. Although it is also true that the value of face to face meetings is unquestionable, due to its huge value. That is why, when planning a meeting, having the right tool is key. TROOP plays a fundamental role, since in addition to offering visibility and data on costs, time savings and safety (map of Covid restrictions), it also reports on the carbon footprint of the trip. Decisions are now informed.

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