Paper Supply and Usage
Paper supply and usage
The University currently sources the majority of its paper supply through the Higher Education Purchasing Consortium for Wales (HEPCW) agreement.
The following table provides a summary of paper purchased 'centrally' by the University over the last three academic years. 2009/10 saw a dramatic decrease in consumption versus the previous year, with a slight increase the following year.
Table 1: Total volume of paper purchased by the University 2008 - 2011
There is a value in moving toward a centralised print model for document production. This essentially requires the gradual removal of (non essential) desktop office printers, and the redirection of printing to centralized/shared Multi functional devices (MFD), that offer a more economic and environmentally friendly model versus desktop devices.
The University undertook an organisational print audit to provide a baseline for this activity and an indication of environmental impact. Following on from this initial exercise, the University now has two years of data for the print activity across its entire MFD fleet:
This data shows a dramatic increase (circa 50%) in print activity between the two years. This change has been achieved primarily through the decision of the Cardiff School of Management to remove all staff desktop printers from offices - as part of the project to relocate the school to a new building.
Double Sided Printing (Duplex printing)
Double sided printing can bring quite obvious reductions in paper usage, and has therefore become an area of particular focus
Training and awareness sessions are taking place in the University throughout 2012, to help with greater take up of these facilities and the benefits thereof.