How Digital Transformation Reduces Environmental Impact

Beyond the environmental and financial boon of digital transformation, it can also bring transformative benefits to employee productivity and the employee experience.

Gys Kappers, Wyzetalk
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Digital transformation is a long-term solution for reducing harmful practices and lowering businesses’ negative impact on the environment. (Source: Shutterstock.com)

The cost of paper-based processes to the environment is higher than many realize.

With 42% of timber being harvested every year by the paper industry—that’s 30 million acres of forest routinely cut down—our paper use creates a damaging level of demand. Deforestation reduces tree cover; we know that. Between 2010 and 2020, the world lost 25.8 million hectares of tree cover. But the knock-on effects of this loss are even scarier. The amount of energy it takes to harvest this timber regularly and turn it into paper sheets produces vast amounts of sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxide. Each sheet of paper requires 20 liters of water to make in the pulp factory.

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