Energy saving

Electronic invoicing is good for the environment

There electronic invoice? It helps energy sustainability and is good for the environment. Among the advantages of this chapter of digital transformation - advantages that are primarily organizational and economic - there is also that of being more sustainable from an environmental point of view. Who uses the electronic invoicing, technically e-invoicing, save money and pollute less.

How much do you save? In a research commissioned by Ricoh Europe, an offshoot of the Japanese printer giant, they calculated on the basis of real data that the companies where they receive and send electronic invoices they spend much less than those who manage the paper document. Throughout Europe, because the research in question is European, a saving of € 243 billion is estimated.

The savings of the electronic invoicing translates into greater energy sustainability, which is one of the 3 priorities of the Europe 20-20-20 strategy with a horizon of 2020. The objectives of this strategy are in fact three: to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20%; obtain 20% of energy needs from renewable sources; increase energy efficiency by 20%.

And the environment? Overall, the transition from paper invoice to electronic invoice it also means significant savings in terms of CO₂ emissions. Making calculations is difficult, but thinking about the amount of paper and space that is saved, the savings on transport and the indirect ones triggered by a more efficient process, certainly the balance is very positive. The benefits are even more if the electronic invoicing is included in a sustainability path that affects the entire company.

Ricoh points out, for example, that, in his case, the input to reduce the environmental impact from the company's headquarters has translated into an increase in efficiency which has led to two results: an increase in profits of over 1 billion EUR; a reduction in CO₂ emissions of 45 thousand tons through a series of initiatives (including the company eco-month) that involved both employees and the installers and retailers channel.

We said that the transition to electronic invoice it's just one of the chapters of digital transformation. The research proposed by Ricoh also reads that companies expect by 2018 to have the majority of employees made up of iWorkers, i.e. people who work on the move for most of their working time and who have full time access to all the necessary information. to satisfy company and customers. Dematerializing becomes a necessity.


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