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In 2009, we completed pilot projects at three London companies to find ways to cut the amount of energy used by our printers and to reduce use of ink, toner and paper. The projects involved:

  • Combining copiers, printers and scanners in one device.
  • Removing printers from desks to a central location and minimising the number of printers in use.
  • Implementing default settings to save energy, ink, toner and paper (e.g. double-sided printing and black and white settings).
  • Implementing ‘follow me printing’. This means that print jobs will only be delivered when people swipe a key card on the printer, reducing the number of unwanted print jobs.
  • Introducing software to prevent waste through poor formatting.
  • Reducing waste in procurement of ink, toner and paper.
  • Negotiating recycling arrangements with manufacturers of ink and toner cartridges.

The projects have brought significant savings:

JWT London

JWT London

  • 65 devices reduced to 25
  • 59% reduction in CO2
  • 23% reduction in paper use

Ogilvy London

  • 105 devices reduced to 34
  • 37% reduction in energy use
  • 25% reduction in CO2
  • 25% reduction in paper use
  • H&K London
  • 42 devices reduced to 15
  • 41% reduction in energy use
  • 40% reduction in CO2
  • 32% reduction in paper use

In 2010 we will expand managed print projects to key markets. We expect these measures to reduce paper, toner and energy use by between 20% and 30% at the sites where they are implemented.

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