More than ever before, businesses are being asked to prove their environmentally friendly credentials by both customers and suppliers in an effort to help prove the business’ green credentials. Local government and international carbon reduction targets are beginning to bite, and the threat of increased green taxes are forcing businesses to reconsider their business processes to make them as eco-friendly as possible.
Paperwork has long been recognised as a cause of inefficiency, but less well known is the environmental impact bureaucracy can have. It therefore follows that a reduction in paperwork will also result in a reduction in the environmental impact a business may have.
Paperwork, particularly that which requires transportation between each member of a supply chain, is a significant contributor to the carbon footprint of a business. The production of paper in itself uses energy, a by-product of which is carbon dioxide. Factor in processing of the paper, transportation to supplier and then onto the end user and the carbon footprint is again increased. And all this before the paper is even printed and used by a business.
Sending paper invoices and remittance advice further exacerbates the problem, with each postal transaction involving mechanical or automotive transportation – another significant producer of carbon dioxide, and thereby a contributor global warming. Reducing the toing and froing of paper between each link in the supply chain helps reduce environmental impact along the way.
By replacing traditional paper invoicing systems with an electronic equivalent, the carbon costs associated with the production and transport of paper can be immediately negated.
The move to e-Invoicing is only the start of the potential environmental benefits. By outsourcing invoicing and other supply chain management systems, additional savings can be made through a reduction of the need for in-house IT systems. A reduction in physical computers and servers results in reduced electrical consumption. Less energy used equates to less carbon produced, which in turn means a more eco-friendly business.
To find out more about how e-Invoicing and outsourced business process management could help reduce your business’ carbon footprint, please contact Celtrino and ask about our Smart Admin platform.
November 14, 2011 in
Business Process Outsourcing, Celtrino Platform, Cloud Computing, e-Invoicing