UK Government and EU legislations to cut the carbon emissions and combat climate change are soon to become more stringent. Last year, the government set out a bold new target to reduce carbon emissions by 57 per cent by 2030. Looking ahead to a low-carbon future, we’ve sourced five different digital technologies that can help your office become more green without any major structural changes.
- Smart Premises
New wifi-enabled thermostat systems, such as Google’s Nest, allow you to remotely control your home thermostat from an app. It can even tell no one’s home just through motion-sensing cameras, or simply by seeing that your smartphone has left the premises. This tool has great energy-saving potential for the office environment and the UK govt is pushing energy companies to roll them out nationwide; understandable when you consider that, according to British gas, reducing the temperature by 1°C can save enough energy to print over 40 million sheets of A4 paper. There’s also wifi-enabled sockets, available to buy now from big-name hardware shops. These could be incredibly useful reducing energy consumption in an office environment. With a smart socket in every office, you’ll never have to worry about monitors left on overnight, relevant when considering a computer monitor left on overnight consumes the same amount of energy needed to print 800 laser print pages.
- Manage Your Print
Efficient office printing means with lower energy use and fewer wasted consumables. We offer great-value Managed Print Services contracts, which start at as little as £22 per month, and include: equipment, consumables, servicing and warranty. All our printers have been awarded the prestigious EnergyStar industry standard for energy efficiency. You printer is monitored digitally to ensure you never run out of consumables – subsequently ensuring fewer unnecessary deliveries. Any un-used pages are rolled over monthly, for long term great value. Click here to learn more about how our MPS packages can help you control your print costs and reduce your carbon emissions today.
3. Remote working and digital collaboration
UK carbon emissions from oil consumption have been on the increase since 1980. Reducing the amount of travel that you and your team do will greatly reduce your company’s carbon footprint. And there’s plenty of means to help you do it. Our Tech team specialise in helping clients implement collaboration tools, such as Microsoft Exchange, and group chat software, such as Microsoft Teams and Slack. With these tools, amongst others, it’s easy to save on unnecessary travel and save you money.
4. Go paperless
UK paper consumption has been in decline since 2000 as more and more of life has become digitised including business. Many have embraced the cost-saving techniques of online document storage and cloud computing. A cloud solution gives you the power to easily collaborate using the internet and the intranet in your office, making team work easier and more efficient. We’ll combine real-time collaboration tools, such as SharePoint or Microsoft Exchange, with online document storage tools to create for you a robust cloud computing system that will help your business achieve paper-fee ambitions. When hosted on an online document storage system, your files are more secure, easier to access and easier to search – saving you time and emissions.
5. Carbon Offsetting
Carbonfund.org work with the mantra ‘Reduce what you can, offset what you can’t’. They partner with small businesses to help calculate, reduce and offset their carbon footprint. Partners will ‘help the environment, fight global warming, and help make the transition to a clean energy future possible’. Their offset projects are third-party certified to the highest standards. Partners will receive the partner logo and marketing support – ideal for CSR ambitions.
To read more about the various Tech services we provide, and how they could help your business improve its carbon footprint and combat climate change, click here. Click here to request a call back from one of our Tech team.