The Doc knows that the fewer printers you have in your organization and the busier you keep them, the less overall energy you'll use. Just makes common sense. But no one listens to me, so I'm bringing you some highlights from a study undertaken by the Photizo Group, leaders in Managed Print Services (MPS) intelligence.
According to the report, while cost has been a key driver for adopting MPS, significant benefit can also be found in terms of reducing energy consumption and carbon footprint through MPS adoption.
MPS agreements help to significantly reduce carbon impact by "right sizing" fleets. The study, of over 100 MPS engagements, verified that the typical MPS engagement reduces the average concentration of imaging devices per person from two individuals per every device (pre-MPS) to less than one device for every seven to eight individuals (post-MPS engagement). This reduction in the device fleet has a tremendous impact on the reduction of energy use by the imaging fleet.
Laser printers, fax machines, scanners, multi-functional peripherals, and other imaging devices use electricity whether running print jobs or not. The internal fuser must be rotated regularly, and a minimum heat level must be maintained to quickly print the first page of a print job. The constant use of electricity generates cost, and it results in CO2 emissions, which may increase greenhouse gases.
With 11 percent of devices under MPS contract, the CO2 emissions that are avoided are equal to over 21 million propane cylinders used for home barbecues. Using another comparison, it has been projected the U.S. consumes 19 million barrels of oil per day in 2009. If an additional 11 percent of devices were under
MPS contract (the projected growth rate over the next few years), then the U.S. would avoid the equivalent CO2 emissions of over 6 percent of a single day's demand for oil.
For pricing and other information about the full Environmental Impact Report, visit www.managed-print-services.com.