Calculator "cracks the code;" tracks energy use, waste and greenhouse gas
emissions of document technology; provides data that backs up decisions
to reduce environmental footprint in the office
TORONTO, March 25 /CNW/ - Xerox Canada, in tandem with Xerox Corporation,
today unveiled the industry's first Sustainability Calculator designed to help
customers pinpoint opportunities to reduce their environmental impact while
reducing costs. The new proprietary software tool measures the overall impact
a company's document technologies have on the environment.
The Sustainability Calculator is the newest assessment tool available
through Xerox Office Services. It evaluates the current office environment of
printers, copiers and multifunction devices and then measures environmental
benefits that could be achieved in terms of energy and paper use, solid waste,
water, air and greenhouse gas emissions. This tool provides customers the
first fact-based measurement of their environmental footprint.
"This calculator cracks the code to help offices of any size really
understand just how 'green' their offices are or could be," said John Kelly,
president, Xerox Global Services North America. "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 Sustainability Calculator not only tracks document technology from
Xerox but also printers, copiers and multifunction devices from other
For offices that want a quick assessment of their environmental
footprint, a scaled-down version of the comprehensive calculator will launch
today on Xerox's Web site at http://www.xerox.com/thoughtleadership. Visitors
get a sneak peek at how the calculator can effectively help their company,
regardless of its size. The quick Web-based assessment provides how-to tips
and advice on smart ways to make offices greener.
Northrop Grumman Weighs in with Big Savings
For global defense and technology company Northrop Grumman Corporation,
the calculator was able to show one sector where it saved 27 percent in energy
usage, 26 percent in greenhouse gas emissions and 33 percent in solid waste.
This sector of Northrop Grumman had more than 2,000 printers, hundreds of
multifunction printers and stand-alone copiers prior to leveraging Xerox
Office Services - which optimized the office to less than 1,100 devices.
Xerox populated the calculator with metrics such as equipment
specifications and usage patterns with the original number of devices.
Following that, the calculator evaluated the new office configuration and was
able to demonstrate areas where Northrop Grumman had achieved sustainability
savings. Xerox will report metrics on Northrop Grumman's office equipment
throughout the year as the company continues to simplify the office settings
of six other sectors.
How it Works
The Sustainability Calculator employs proprietary algorithms and document
assessment research to deliver data about a company's entire fleet of office
products, from printers to multifunction devices and copiers, regardless of
the equipment supplier. The Sustainability Calculator can also provide
information on the impact of printing on two sides or using different types of
papers. Preliminary testing of the calculator proves that customers realize
both environmental benefits and cost savings.
After the initial analysis that generates a detailed sustainability
evaluation of their operations, Xerox partners with customers to create an
energy-saving office environment. Some of the changes can be as simple as
moving devices to different locations to replacing personal and
single-function products with multifunction products. The calculator can also
detect opportunities for customers to become smarter paper users and to reduce
waste. It provides information on the impact of duplex printing or using
different paper stocks.
"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."
Smarter Ways to Green
Xerox's focus on sustainability dates back more than 20 years and is
woven into nearly all aspects of how it designs its products and selects its
suppliers. Whether it is to develop an entire portfolio of sustainable paper
or be one of the first to incorporate ENERGY STAR(R) specification into its
products, Xerox partners with customers, suppliers and stakeholders to advance
sustainable business practices. Some of the "green" programs and products
being produced by Xerox include:
- Xerox's solid ink technology used in printers and multifunction
devices uses cartridge-free ink sticks that generate 90 percent less
waste than laser or inkjet devices.
- Intuitive "power down" capabilities in Xerox's Solid Ink printers
learn the printing patterns of an office and automatically shift into
a low-power mode when it knows the printer will be in low use, like
during the lunch hour.
- Emulsion Aggregation toner is a major breakthrough in laser-based
printing - requiring less toner to be placed on a printed page while
using 25 percent less energy to print than previous types of toner.
- High Yield Business Paper(TM) - created using 90 percent of a tree
versus 45 percent of a tree typically used to create standard white
- Forest Stewardship Council and the Programme for the Endorsement of
Forest Certifications branded paper products that were manufactured
using raw materials harvested from certified sources and can be
tracked from harvest through distribution.
- Research and development projects underway inside of Xerox labs
include the development of erasable paper that can be reused multiple
When combined, all of these efforts and alternatives will help customers
reduce their use of resources, and ultimately their environmental footprint.
Xerox Corporation is the world's leading document management enterprise,
providing the industry's broadest portfolio of color and black-and-white
document processing systems and related supplies as well as document
management consulting and outsourcing services to businesses of any size.
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