The environmental cost of using paper in the office – Whitepaper by Azeus Convene

If every office in this world were to reduce their paper usage even by a small amount, the cumulative effect would not only be mind-boggling but also undoubtedly a strong and effective lever that can go a long way in reducing paper consumption and saving our environment.

However, the questions that any organisation can ask are – why should we reduce our paper consumption? What is wrong with using paper? And why is it my responsibility?

Using statistics and data analysis we try to answer these questions and more in our whitepaper, The environmental cost of using paper in the office.

Introduction

In recent times, with everyone and everything going “digital”, it is no surprise that “digital” and “digitalisation” have probably become one of the most used, or rather misused and misunderstood terms.

In simple terms, digital is the convergence of social media, mobile devices, data analytics (including Big Data), cloud computing and consumerisation of IT to create a new age “connected consumer, organisation and society”. A digital strategy or transformation, hence, is the way in which organisations change their ways of operating and doing business to serve the needs of the “connected consumer”.

So what is digitalisation? Is it technology? Is it strategy? A business process, perhaps?

Digitalisation is the social transformation triggered by the massive adoption of digital technologies to generate, process, share and transact information. Not only does digitalisation build on the evolution of network access technologies, semiconductor technologies, and software engineering, but it also leverages the spillover effects resulting from their use (common platforms for application development, e-government services, e-commerce, social networks, and availability of online information).

Digitalisation actually enables interaction between human beings and machines. It also helps us in two ways. First, smart machines help human beings offload some aspects of their work and pursue more complex activities. Second, smart machines can work in conjunction with people, supporting human decision making, data collection and data processing.

Interestingly, as digitalisation is exponentially increasing all around us, the price associated with the process of digitalisation is rapidly falling. As a result, more and more people and organisations are getting connected every day. In 2005, there were just 500 million devices connected to the Internet while today there are 8 billion. By 2030, that number will grow to 1 trillion.

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