Xerox develop green calculator

Sustainability Calculator to give organizations better idea of the environmental impact of their document processes

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By  Mark Sutton Published  April 24, 2008

Xerox has developed a new Sustainability Calculator to help businesses to measure the impact of their print and paper usage on the environment.

The calculator is based on algorithms and research conducted by Xerox, that takes monitors printers, copiers and multifunction devices from any manufacturer, and then gauges their use of energy and paper and their output of solid waste, water, air and greenhouse gas emissions.

The resulting data can then be used to amend document management processes and technology to gain cost savings and improve environmental impact.

Tim Gould, Global Services director, Middle East & Africa, Xerox commented: "This calculator cracks the code to help offices of any size really understand just how ‘green' their offices are or could be. "The same people who are environmentally conscious at home are starting to bring this awareness to work, but in many cases, they didn't know where to start. We designed the Sustainability Calculator to be an effective environmental assessment tool. It provides customers with actionable recommendations to help them achieve their ‘green' objectives and in doing so realize cost-savings and efficiency gains that come with an optimized office environment."

The calculator assessment is available from Xerox Office Services, part of Xerox Global Services. After the initial assessment, Xerox services will then provide the organization with recommendations on how to create a ‘greener' office, including replacing several different devices with combined multi-function devices, positioning of devices, use of double-sided printing and choice of paper stock.

"The goal for the Xerox Sustainability Calculator is to point customers in the right direction, to identify opportunities where the reduced impact to the environment can be balanced with boosting the bottom line," said Patricia Calkins, vice president of Environment, Health and Safety, Xerox. "We coupled our longstanding innovative leadership in the area of sustainability with our deep knowledge of the office environment to create a tool to help our customers save resources."

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