Conservation and Content Management
The typical U.S. office worker uses more than 10,000 sheets of paper per year, which is about 2 cases of paper per employee. With an average price of $40 for a case of standard copy paper, this is an $80 annual cost per employee. The cost of the paper is only about 10–11% of the lifecycle cost of that paper, according to a government study conducted by California’s Alameda County. The main costs of paper documentation fall into copying, delivery, handling, storage, and retrieval of that paper, with copying costs at 33% and distribution costs at 56%, according to the Alameda study. Other studies show that for every dollar spent on printing documents, companies incur another $6 in handling and distribution of the paper.
The Paper Industry is the 4th largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions among US Manufacturing industries. If the US cut paper use by only 10% it would prevent the emissions of 1.6 million tons of Green House gases, the equivalent of taking 280,000 cars of the road.
Green Organizations, Green Offices
It follows that any organization dedicated to supporting and improving the Environment needs to implement a digital paperless operation. Recycling, Land, Air and soil conservation dedicated Services, and land management all have extensive procedure based processes that generate significant volumes of data and documentation.
One such company Arch Environmental Group, operating in Michigan and the Mid-West, run their operations of healthAIR, safeEARTH and cleanWATER divisons securing and processing all their documentation, in digital form, in Contentverse.
Achieve at least a 30% to 40% reduction in paper with Contentverse – that’s the equivalent of taking over 1 million cars of the road every year.