On 8th March I attended the HP Eco drive event at New Delhi where we heard views from different people in Industry and their experience when they adopted the HP Eco Solutions to make printing not only friendly to our nature but also help understand that printing cost can be reduced by investing in Eco Friendly Devices. HP is the first company to drive companies to adopt the Eco solutions.
There was panel discussion that took place with Executive from HP along with Top Management guys from Infosys, HSBC and Essar.They shared the idea on how they had experimented HP Eco solutions and found the overall drop in printing expenses. They used a combination of solutions of which the most important ones where
- Asking TOP management to get rid of printers they have and share a common printer. This made others to follow.
- For security and securing personal space, a card based authentication system was developed where users need to flash their card to take their print out and that within a certain amount of time.
- A daily report was generated on who is printing how much.
Like always my core idea drives behind the end user experience there are couple of things
- People need to learn what should be printed and what can be avoided. Most of us print any web page blindly because there is a print button available that does it but when we get a print out we understand that there was so much of information which could have been skipped.
- Along with HP Eco Printers, the company needs to develop software that can actually suggest users on what should be not printed.
- The software can be integrated in various existing applications like Mail Applications, Browsers and so on.
- If the software can also find how much printing can be avoided based on what is being printed can also help IT managers understand a lot.
Another set of interesting result from HP Eco Solutions Survey :
- 46% respondents highlighted cost and not environmental sustainability as the main driver for adoption of Green IT products and services.
- Duplex printing and send to mail were considered mainstream by more than half of the respondents. However user-authenticated, N-up printing and use of software to eliminate trailing pages are still in early stages of adoption.
- 80% have policies related to printer & print management, reducing paper wastage & recycling printer consumables; only 39% have green procurement policy for IT department.
- 67% respondents indicated that they will undertake assessments of their print infrastructure.
- 57% respondents recycle their printing hardware when it became obsolete and less than half of the respondents collect recycled paper.
- In terms of disposal, 70% organizations recycle printing consumables. Since most use original vendor cartridges, it leads to accountability till the product’s end of life.