Xerox has joined the United States Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), an alliance of business and environmental leaders taking action against climate change. USCAP has been formed in a bid to protect the climate and spur legislation and regulation aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
"It is essential that large corporations today become aware of the major impact they have on the environment, and take action to ensure its sustainability," says Rob Abraham, MD of Bytes Document Solutions, sole authorised distributor of Xerox products and solutions to 25 sub-Saharan countries. "By joining the USCAP Xerox will be able to help set goals, priorities and policies that align industries and governments. Respecting the environment should be part of how all companies do business."
In 2005, Xerox pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its operations company-wide by 10% by 2012. The company's strategies for meeting its reduction target include:
* Shifts toward more energy-efficient technologies;
* Process improvements that reduce energy demand. Xerox is changing its manufacturing of conventional toners, yielding an estimated 15% to 25% reduction in energy demand per pound of toner. As a result, Xerox will have saved more than 30 million kilowatt hours of electricity by 2008, enough power to light more than 24 000 households for a year;
* Increased reliability of Xerox equipment and parts. Digital technology has improved the reliability of components inside Xerox products. Greater reliability and extended part life as well as remote service technology have reduced the number of miles driven by the service fleet, contributing to energy reduction;
* Equipment upgrades and energy management programmes. Some Xerox facilities save energy through "free" cooling. In winter months, the facilities are cooled by running water through outdoor pipes instead of using energy-consuming industrial air conditioners; and
* Use of renewable energy sources. Several Xerox sites are purchasing "green power", reducing annual greenhouse gas emissions by over 6 000 metric tons