Germany’s ‘green’ IT

German businesses are ahead of the curve when it comes to purchasing ‘green’ IT. Our article explores why.

Germany’s ‘green’ IT

Why Germany is leading the way when it comes to ‘green’ IT procurement

On April 18th 2016, all EU member states were ordered to implement the new EU public procurement directive. This is the latest example of increasing legislation and external stakeholder pressure to hold businesses accountable to the triple bottom line of social, environmental and financial costs.

This legislation will continue to push businesses towards a more sustainable workplace – as demonstrated by the EU’s emphasis on developing a competitive, low carbon economy by 2050, and the signing of the COP21 Paris Agreement on 22 April.

IT decision makers, and specifically procurement teams, have consequently had a significant role to play in minimising a company’s environmental footprint – while realising substantial savings by investing in energy efficient equipment, and upgrading existing IT infrastructure.

Of all the EU member states, Germany’s businesses have always been ahead of the curve when it comes to purchasing environmentally friendly office equipment, but why?

An awareness of sustainability

Over the years, German businesses have been placed under significant political pressure to minimise their ecological impact. The government has instilled a strong awareness of the positive impact that green procurement can have on sustainability – and high energy prices.

In addition to this, Germany is one of the top seven countries to jump on board with the EU’s Green Public Procurement (GPP) voluntary tool – enabling purchasers to make environmentally friendly choices.

Subsequently, since 1978, Germany has been awarded the Blue Angel eco-label for products and services that have proven to be more environmentally friendly than comparable examples across their full life cycle.

Making the switch

One example of making the right environmental business choices is to switch from laser printers to inkjet models – which a growing number of German businesses doing.

The Niedersachsen Justice Ministry and the National Tax Office in Bavaria, for example, switched to Epson’s WorkForce Pro printers in order to meet the energy consumption requirements by the German government.

Both of the organisations understand that by making the switch from laser to Epson’s WorkForce Pro inkjet printers, they can achieve up to twice as many prints while reducing energy consumption by 82%, and producing up to 95% less waste and 95% less CO2 emissions .

Maybe, just maybe, the Germans are on to something here…

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