Going green

Why business printing shouldn’t cost the earth

Going green

It should come as no surprise that increasingly businesses of all sizes are speeding up the process of building a more sustainable future workplace. While there are thousands of different ways – and technologies – that make a big dent in your environmental footprint, your choice of printing technology is one area often overlooked and which could have a substantial impact on energy savings.

Take a look at your office printer. Is it a laser or an inkjet printer? Now think about how aware you are about the impact of this technology on your carbon footprint.

If you could choose a printer that consumed 96% less energy would you? The good news is, if you are looking at an inkjet printer you have already taken a big step towards reducing your footprint.

Good for the environment and the bottom line

At Epson, we have seen the results of numerous independent tests to support this. The numbers speak for themselves: inkjet far surpasses laser in all environmental aspects and these aspects not only benefit the environment, but can also affect the overall bottom line of your business. This is why we are supporting inkjet technology as the future of business printing.

We are at a crossroads in Europe and never before has sustainability been so critical to business success. More and more, when I speak to customers and follow them through the procurement process, I am coming across incredibly specific efficiency and environmental requests.

When dealing with our customers’ procurement teams, we are required to answer questions on all CSR related aspects, from whether we endorse the principles of the UN Global Compact to questions around our own environmental policy and questions specific to innovation to reduce print costs. From the private sector to the public sector, and especially those already publishing non-financial reports, companies are seeking to ensure that from the smallest lightbulb to their largest printer, they are conscious of their energy use and environmental impact.

Non-financial reporting guidelines

In a turn of events that can only benefit us all long term, our expectation is now for this detail-oriented approach to grow. With the implementation of non-financial reporting guidelines now appearing from the EU itself (envisioned as a means of demonstrating a company’s handprint, meaning the positive actions in place to offset negative footprint) as well as governmental recommendations, regulations such as the European Union’s Energy Efficiency Directive requiring ‘large companies to conduct energy audits at least every four years’ are placing ever great importance on the environmental impact of business.

There are of course concerns about the administrative burden of such reporting, and its influence on other aspects of business, such as procurement. Currently, for example, the disclosure requirements for non-financial information apply to certain large companies with more than 500 employees, with the explicit intention of keeping the administrative burden to a minimum. However we expect an inevitable trickle-down effect on smaller companies,as larger customers attempt to meet their obligations across their entire supply train.

The facts speak for themselves

As CSR Director for Epson Europe, I firmly believe that the choice of printer technology, while seemingly a small switch, is one which can have a big impact on our collective footprint. This is not in isolation, of course, and all technologies brought into the workplace should be treated with the same environment respect; however, the effect of this relatively modest business technology is often understated. This is why our focus, investment and R&D commitment lies firmly with inkjet because it continues to prove its value and sustainability benefits as a technology.

So what are the benefits of switching to inkjet printing in numbers? What big results could you see from a small change?

The facts speak for themselves and when it comes to printing, inkjet is the clear winner.

  • Eco-efficiency: inkjet produces up to 99% less waste than laser [1]
  • Ozone gasses: inkjet produces no ozone gasses 
  • Energy consumption: inkjet consumes 96% less energy than laser [3]
  • Speed: inkjet is up to 3.5X faster than laser [4]
  • Productivity: Inkjets reduce time spent on interventions by up to 98% compared to laser [5]
  • CO2: Inkjet produces up to 92% less CO2 than laser [6]