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People the world over are becoming increasingly attuned to the needs of the global environment and the pressures being placed on our natural resources by our modern lifestyles. This sentiment is gaining momentum in the corporate sector, as businesses step up to make a difference and reduce their environmental impacts. 93 percent of CEOs now believe that sustainability will be critical to the success of their business in the future. Since 1996, the number of Australian companies issuing sustainability reports has increased more than tenfold to 36 percent of firms, with a further 19 percent intending to do so soon.1

Case studies from virtually every industry show that it’s possible to develop green initiatives that will make a real contribution to both the environment and your bottom line. What’s more, these efforts often deliver other benefits, including improvements in employee morale, customer loyalty and brand image.

Fuji Xerox Australia is committed to sustainability, both in terms of reducing our own environmental impacts, and helping our customers to do the same.

How can you help your organisation on the environmentally responsible path to a sustainable future that makes business sense?

Assess and set goals

Assessing your printing and document processes will establish a baseline of your current environmental impact. The Fuji Xerox Environmental Footprint Calculator can estimate the full range of environmental benefits from an optimised print fleets from energy efficiency and waste reduction to the impacts of the paper you use. Measuring and communicating the environmental benefits associated with the changes you are making can greatly assist in securing employee buy–in. Using these tools can help you to create compelling reasons for change and support a smooth transition. Once you have established a baseline of current printing operations and their impact, it’s time to turn that information into an action plan.

Take action on energy

Consolidate and optimise your fleet

Identifying under–utilised equipment and exchanging standalone devices for multifunction units where appropriate brings significant energy savings. Consolidating fleets of print equipment reduces the number of devices according to optimal device per user ratios and establishes a more energy efficient fleet of new equipment. Eight years’ experience in managing print fleets for our customers has demonstrated that a 20 percent energy reduction is easily achievable - an incredible outcome when you consider it’s based solely on moving, removing or upgrading devices.

Review your technology

Advances in printing technology such as induction heating fusing and LED technology have created a new generation of equipment that is 60 – 70 percent more efficient than previous models. Smart Energy Management technology in the ApeosPort-IV range of multifunction devices delivers significant energy savings by only powering on the parts of the device required for a specific job – so if you’re only scanning, the device won’t power on the fuser required to print or copy.

Even if you’re not investing in new devices you can optimise the energy settings of your current fleet. Implementing the power optimisation module of Image Gateway for Apeos (IGA) across a fleet of older devices can help you to realise energy savings of up to 40 percent without the need to invest in new devices ahead of schedule. It has the ability to learn how devices are being used, and automatically power up or down to minimise energy consumption without impacting the productivity of staff that want to use them.

Take action on paper

The paper you use is a highly visible symbol of your commitment to sustainability. Choosing the right paper from a range of recycled, carbon–neutral and certified products can be a confusing process. There are a number of certification systems which can assist you in making sustainable paper choices including the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). To find out more visit about environmental labelling systems and responsible paper procurement.

Take action on waste

Use tools to save paper and control print costs

No matter how sustainably sourced, wasting paper is never good – for the environment or your business’ bottom line. Research suggests that up to 20 percent of print outs are never collected, and up to 40 percent are disposed of less than 48 hours after being printed2 – while this figure is shocking, it also represents an opportunity to quickly reduce waste with minimal business impact. Implementing a printrelease solution means documents are only printed when the user releases them from the multifunction device, by using a swipe card or entering a code. Fuji Xerox’s latest range of multifunction devices make the benefits of print release technology easier than ever to deploy, with technology resident in the device meaning there is no need for additional terminals, software or servers.

Applying business rules and routing to the behaviour of your print device can also have great environmental benefits. These could be as simple as defaulting your device to print double–sided, to as complex as programs which analyse the type of document, its size and even time of day to automatically route it to the most sustainable printing device. Print Navigator as part of Image Gateway for ApeosPort allows you to set these rules easily and report on their effectiveness. It can also be integrated with an inhouse print room to ensure that large documents are not being produced on smaller office devices which are not optimised for high–volume production.

Set and follow recycling guidelines for paper, print cartridges and old IT equipment

Fuji Xerox devices are all designed with the environment in mind from their inception, making it possible for us to remanufacture and recycle used machines and components when your device reaches the end of its life. Our latest devices even have components made from biomass plastics which have inherent environmental benefits when compared to traditional oil–based plastics.

Fuji Xerox had a commitment to zero waste to landfill that predates new e–waste regulations coming into force in Australia. Our dedicated recycling facilities in Thailand, China and Australia achieve over 99 percent resource recovery at end of life. Our customers also benefit from a cartridge recovery and recycling program. Parts and sub–assemblies collected by our engineers during the service of your equipment are returned to our UN award winning Eco Manufacturing Centre in Sydney where they are remanufactured to better than new condition.

Measure and communicate

Fuji Xerox Australia has a range of environmental reporting mechanisms that can help you report on environmental impacts from printing over time. Our reporting enables ongoing trend analysis to keep you on track with sustainability goals


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References:
1. KPMG, 2011
2. Xerox, 2008

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