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The University of Gloucestershire realised that computer and printer procurement and usage was a significant contributor to the university’s environmental impacts. Remedial action included purchasing lower power devices, encouraging and supporting its main supplier to introduce reusable packaging for computer deliveries, and replacing all local printing and copying with a fully managed central service, utilising larger multi functional devices (MFD). They are more energy and consumables efficient for large printing volumes, and can also be powered down more easily when not in use. Virtualisation and a thin client approach were also adopted. The resulting energy savings were £60,000 over a four year period.
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