Reduce IT emissions says Lexmark

Printer device consolidation is the way forward

July 2, 2009

Printer device consolidation is the way forward

Lexmark has called for Europe’s public sector organisations to take actions such as printer device consolidation, best practice implementation and document workflow optimisation to positively impact the 2020 efficiency and C02 targets set by the European Union.

These targets include a 20 percent reduction in emissions from IT devices, products and output by 2020.

Lexmark’s Life-Cycle Analysis found that most of a printer’s carbon footprint comes from paper use – compared with around 10 percent in terms of energy. Similarly, the usage phase accounts for 80 percent for a laser printer.

Through its work with the public sector throughout Europe, Lexmark maintains that consolidating print hardware and optimising paper-intensive processes could help make EU targets a reality.

Consolidation is not just about using fewer devices. It’s also about having intelligent IT initiatives in place which drive efficiencies says Lexmark.

“The EU’s energy efficiency and C02 targets point to the public sector as a major contributor to Europe’s carbon emissions. This initiative also recommends that government organisations be standard bearers for the private sector by following EU-recommended Green Public Procurement – and by educating and changing the behaviour of every public sector employee,” explained Manuel Duhalde, EMEA Sales and Marketing Industry Manager at Lexmark International.

“Lexmark’s value-added proposition was specifically designed to help them achieve this. By implementing Lexmark’s printing solutions as well as educating users about environmental issues, public sector organisations can reduce their reliance on paper and energy and significantly reduce overall printing costs.”

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