Print in the Channel - issue #8


now. Environmental responsibility has been a core value of Xerox since its founding, and it is in our DNA. “We have been tracking our greenhouse gas emissions for the last 20 years and have made considerable emissions reductions. The best support that can be given now is for governments, NGOs and stakeholders to consolidate standards around monitoring and locations for disclosing emissions metrics. This will help Xerox and other businesses report effectively so we can focus on reduction actions rather than reporting our emissions to a hundred different requesters.” Plan needed Mike Barron, managing director of SYNAXON UK, adds that all businesses need to have a net zero plan. “IT buyers are definitely more conscious of running costs and the impact of all IT – including print – on their carbon consumption,” he says. “Also, customers are already asking about the carbon impact of products and solutions, so this is an increasingly important factor that all channel players need to act upon.” Mike notes that the major printer vendors are already responding by making their devices more energy efficient and offering re- fillable ink cartridges. “Partners can introduce these options into customer conversations right away. “It will be more and more important for partners to have their own Net Zero plan and to provide solutions that enable customers to advance with their own carbon

reduction strategies.” Mike adds that one of the major challenges for reseller partners on Net Zero is reducing the impact of deliveries from suppliers. “To reduce their impact here, they will be largely dependent on couriers switching to electric or hydrogen-powered vehicles cleaner vehicle fleets,” he says. “One action that they can take in the interim is to use our unique EGIS e-procurement tool. As well as giving them access to price feeds from over 40 distributors, EGIS enables partners to consolidate orders and thus minimise shipments, cutting carbon emissions and cost, and making EGIS the ultimate way for partners to streamline their businesses while being mindful of the impact on our planet.” Consider goals But while businesses may need a Net Zero strategy, it must be carefully considered before being implemented, as Kevin Wragg, director, environment and quality compliance at TD SYNNEX, explains. “Before you apply any kind of strategy, you need to know what you want to achieve,” he says. “With Net Zero carbon, that means understanding your own carbon footprint. Only then can you implement a meaningful plan. TD SYNNEX went through a full assessment of our Scopes 1, 2 and 3 early in 2022 and formulated a reduction plan which we are now taking forward.” Scopes are the basis for mandatory greenhouse gas emissions reporting in the UK. Scope 1 covers emissions that are made directly, such as through running a vehicle.

Mike Barron managing director


are already asking about the carbon impact of products and solutions, so this is an increasingly important factor that all channel players need to act upon.

SCOPE 1 Direct

SCOPE 2 Indirect

SCOPE 3 Indirect Emissions of the value chain

Emissions from sources (on site)

Emissions from energy/utilities



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