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Ecological footprint & digitization

In addition to making work easier, digitization can also be good for the environment.

Perhaps one or the other has already dealt with this thesis, but many have not - but you should. For many, digitization is just the inevitable progress made by technology in many areas. Everyone will have experienced to some extent that the new advances in technology can make working life easier. But what about ecological aspects? As a company or entrepreneur, can I reduce the ecological footprint of my company through digitization? The issues of sustainability, climate neutrality and environmental protection play an increasingly important role for future employees, but also for customers when choosing an employer or business partner.

To shed some light on the thesis, we have put together a few facts that support it.

  1. Around 10 liters of water are required to make a sheet of paper.

  2. Around 66 million letters are still sent in Germany every day.

  3. Germany uses as much paper as the continents of Africa and South America put together.

  4. The average office worker uses 833 sheets of paper per month.

  5. Paper consumption is increasing despite digitization.

  6. A single tree only provides raw material for approx. 10,000 pages of A4 paper.

In relation to this, a normal office worker uses more than 8,300 liters per month, which corresponds to 100,000 liters of water per year.

Potential savings through digitization - focus on EDS (Electronic Delivery Solution)

A practical example: Berlin Recycling relies on the Simova solutions DMS, DPS & EDS

  • Before the introduction of the EDS solution, all receipts were sent by post, now almost 130,000 of them, more than 35%, are sent digitally every year

  • The proportion of documents sent digitally increases by an average of 10% per year

  • The postage costs for a standard letter are between € 0.40 and € 0.80, depending on the company's conditions and weight

  • 500 pages of printing paper cost around € 2.50 and 500 envelopes cost around € 5.00

  • The cost of printing a single page in a common printer is € 0.06 per copy

Financial savings potential (annually):

Postage: ~ € 52,000

Material costs: ~ 1,750 €

Other printing costs: ~ € 8,000

Total: ~ 61,750 €

Ecological savings potential:

130,000 documents correspond to:

~ 13 trees

~ 1,300,000 liters of water for papermaking

~ 2,400,000 grams of CO²

The example of Berlin Recycling shows that you can make your ecological footprint from big foot to small foot through the use of smart solutions, such as an automatic dispatch solution or document management. The return on investment will quickly exceed the expenses due to the savings - the more documents are sent, the faster such a solution pays off. But even smaller companies that do not send a 5 to 6-digit number of invoices or other documents benefit from the savings potential and have reached the break-even point after not too long.

Are you not sure whether the Simova extensions are the right solution for you or your customers? Feel free to contact us, we will advise you extensively and in detail.


1. www.ebuero.de/blog/papierloses-buero/

2. Deutsche Post

3. Verbraucherservice Bayern | Umwelt Bundesamt

4. https://www.nachhaltiger-warenkorb.de/klimabilanz-e-mail-vs-brief/

5. https://www.watson.ch/wissen/digital/689246083-wie-hoch-wird-der-papierstapel-wenn-man-das-internet-ausdruckt

6. https://www.druckkosten.de/kosten.php

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