From January to March 2008 Clackmannanshire Council used over a million fewer sheets of paper than in the same period in 2007. This means that the Council has saved money, reduced waste, and reduced its greenhouse gas emissions.
In January to March 2007, Clackmannanshire Council used 5,388,775 sheets of paper
In January to March 2008, Clackmannanshire Council used 4,230,250 sheets of paper.
This means that in January to March 2008 we used 1,158,525 (24%) fewer sheets than in the same period in 2007, saving approximately 1.6 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e).
One thing that contributed to the reduction in paper use was the introduction of multi-functional devices (MFDs) for printing, which means that more staff can scan, print and photocopy double sided.
Councillor Eddie Carrick, portfolio holder for sustainability, said, 'This is a fantastic result that shows what can be achieved when organisations make an effort to save paper. The Council encourages sustainability across Clackmannanshire, and as a major employer we are proud to have set an excellent example.'
The Council is committed to reducing its impact on climate change. In June it approved the Local Authority Carbon Management Programme Strategy and Implementation Plan, which includes a target of a 15% reduction in carbon emissions over the next five years. At the same Council meeting, the draft Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy was approved for consultation.
Sustainability Officer Rebecca Bell added, 'It's important for us to keep up the good work and we'll be looking at ways to reduce paper usage even further, as well as limiting our environmental impact in other ways.'