Corporate Responsibility

One of the things i3 strives for is sustainability in the workplace. We’d like to make sure that our overall consumption as a company is proportional to the resources we have available–an excellent way to avoid overuse and resource-exhaustion.

What better way to make sure we’re on the right track than to follow World Wide Fund for Nature’s guidelines for reducing ecological impact at work?

For A Living Planet

A. Energy efficiency in the office

“WWF encourages energy and waste-saving measures to reduce impact on the environment. Better energy efficiency may well be the most rapid way to reduce CO2 emissions–and will also save you money! Energy efficiency simply means using the least possible energy to get a job done.”

We switched our lighting at i3 by taking the simplest step: switching lights off when they’re not in use, and using only the lights we absolutely need to do our work. We’ve also taken it one step further by switching lights and the A/C off during lunch break.

Lighting alone accounts for 15% of your electricity bill, so if you reduce the amount of energy to light your office, why not do it?

B. Saving paper

We’re sure this phenomenon is not limited to i3, but it still surprises us how much paper we use daily. Did you know that around the world, we use 1 million tonnes of paper everyday? This is why it’s so important to limit our paper usage.

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IMPACTS OF THE PULP AND PAPER SECTOR ON CLIMATE CHANGE
The pulp and paper industry’s most significant impact on climate occurs during the pulp and paper manufacturing process.

The pulp and paper industry is the fourth largest industrial user of energy, consuming 6.4 EJ in 2005, and a significant emitter of greenhouse gas (Source: EIA report 2008).

In fact, the largest share of greenhouse gas released in pulp and paper manufacturing comes from the energy production to power the mills. Greenhouse gases are the main source of climate change/global warming.

The disposal of used paper also contributes to climate change. Paper emits methane (a greenhouse gas) when it rots, while it also releases the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) when it is composted or burned.

The C02 emissions coming from the burning or decomposition of wood, during the paper making process or at the end of the life of the product, will be stored back in the forest when it grows, if it is managed appropriately. Meanwhile it can be a very large amount of CO2 emitted to the atmosphere, which is not well measured until now.

Source: WWF Resource in the Office

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What are we doing at i3 to reduce paper use? We recommend that you implement this cost-saving, paper reduction program as well.

1. Use both sides of the paper. If you need to use one side, think about recycling it later by using the other side for later printing.
2. Avoid printing out single line e-mails. Generally, think before you print.
3. Avoid making unnecessary copies of documents. Would a scanned copy do? Ask your clients if a hard copy is absolutely necessary or if soft copies are acceptable.
4. E-mail when and as often as you can. Electronic mail not only reduces transit time of your messages significantly but also saves money.

We’re constantly finding more ways to reduce our carbon footprint.

We’re currently looking for a paper recycling plant for all our used paper. Keep checking back here for more news, tips and updates on how to do so in the workplace.