Reduce wasted energy to cut costs: Fuji Xerox

Dr Martin Blake was in Australia last week to launch Fuji Xerox Australia’s (FXA) Profit Accelerator Sustainability Guide.

The 64pp guide offers advice on how printing companies can operate more sustainably, and at $100, is “outstanding value”, said Blake.

Topics include energy efficiency, heating and cooling and water conservation.

The guide includes a case study of recently merged Melbourne offset and digital firm, Troedel-Docucopy, which underwent an energy audit and estimated it would save $2,567 per year by investing in more efficient lighting, at a cost of $4,668, after a subsidy.

FXA launched the guide at a seminar in Melbourne attended by more than 40 printers, and Dr Blake said many questions focused on the carbon tax.

[Related: Printers powerless to pass on carbon tax]

He said the polarising debate around the tax had side-tracked companies from the real issue of reducing wastage and controlling spiralling energy costs.

“There is a degree of uncertainty that has slowed down the pace of investment, because the whole debate is around subjectivity. People don’t focus on the business case; they are divided politically or philosophically.

“If Australians business stopped worrying about the Tony and Julia Punch and Judy show and focused on ‘how much energy am I wasting each year’, their inaction would move into action because no one likes to waste money and having a reduced profit margin,” added Blake.

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