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VW Cuts Office Equipment Energy Use 86%

VWenergyefficiencyThe Volkswagen Group expects to increase its energy efficiency, saving 9.26 million kilowatt hours annually, by replacing its office equipment with fewer energy-efficient lines, reports Autoblog Green. The four-year project, completed last year, has enabled the company to reduce its energy requirements for office equipment by 86 percent compared to 2005 levels. The savings achieved are equivalent to electricity demand for about 1,400 households.

Volkswagen replaced more than 52,000 fax machines, printers, photocopiers and scanners with less than 17,500 multifunction devices throughout the group, and integrated them into a unified IT infrastructure. The auto maker replaced 832 different models of office equipment with seven energy-efficient standard devices, which eliminated 35,000 single machines.

In addition to the energy savings, the new devices yield maintenance and repair benefits. Since the equipment automatically report problems and toner levels to a service center, maintenance is performed as needed; storage of consumables onsite is eliminated and toner cartridges are changed in an environmentally-friendly way.

A survey reveals that 72 percent of office staff view the conversion as positive, 81 percent said they value the reliability of the devices and 94 percent said they value the quality of the printing, scanning and copying results.

Volkswagen is also tackling energy efficiency at its new $1 billion Chattanooga, Tenn., manufacturing plant. In January, the Volkswagen Group of America received $150 million in tax credits under the clean energy stimulus bill.

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2 thoughts on “VW Cuts Office Equipment Energy Use 86%

  1. This level of efficiency is both amazing and soon to be commonplace. There are myriad ways for business and individuals to decrease their energy consumption. I expect that we will see stories like this regularly in the coming years. Bravo to VW for showing others that energy efficient, multifunction electronics are a sustainable investment that pays off with lower utility bills and decreased maintenance costs.

  2. I agree, this level of efficiency is astounding. For anyone considering the same, a really easy way to reduce the old electronic waste while getting paid for it is a relatively new site called “you renew” http://www.yourenew.com. Also, not sure if VW did this or not, but connecting office electronic equipment to a ‘smart strip’ that automatically turns off unused ports can also turbo boost office energy efficiencies.

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