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How is technology impacting a business’ carbon footprint?

More businesses than ever are placing significant focus on ensuring they are fully aware of the environmental impact of their services and taking logical steps to reduce their carbon footprint.

Technology has always had a crucial impact on the environment, both in increasing and decreasing impact, and in recent years technology has developed to an extent that a business can not only increase productivity, but also keep its footprint to a minimum.

For any business, there are a number of steps that can be taken with regards to technology choices that will support it in reducing its impact on the environment, below we will take a look at just some of the ways this can be done.

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Using technology to reduce carbon footprint

Route planning

With road freight, a significant contributor of carbon emissions for any business dealing with deliveries to customers, technology has allowed for a much more efficient way for drivers to get to their destination with the least amount of time on the road. Through smart route planning businesses can take into account traffic conditions, road works, closures and any number of other factors that could mean a longer journey, prior to its commencement, and subsequently reduce emissions.


Every business will require hardware of some kind, all of which will add to a carbon footprint. However, fairly recent advances in technology have seen the requirement for lots of hardware (e.g. servers) to be physically present within an office, become a thing of the past. Cloud computing now means that businesses are able to access scalable virtual servers, easily and cost effectively.

Cloud sharing

Paperless solutions are ever-increasing in popularity, not only in improving costs but in reducing environmental impact. Cloud sharing software, such as SharePoint, allows businesses to significantly improve how colleagues share documents and information, drastically reducing the need for printing unnecessarily.

Remote working

As cloud software improves the productivity and accessibility of a business, this increases the opportunities for businesses to incorporate remote working. Not only does this incorporate all that we have mentioned previously (i.e. cloud sharing, less hardware), but it means that fewer employees are commuting to work, and less energy is being used to power overheads within an office.

Are you looking to reduce your business’ carbon footprint through cloud software? Contact the expert team at MWL Systems today to discuss your requirements.