Basware Report Demonstrates E-invoicing Can Cut Carbon Emissions More Than 30%

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Basware, the global leader in networked source-to-pay solutions, e-invoicing and innovative financing services, has published a detailed review of the climate impact of Basware e-invoicing services. According to the report, the transformation from paper invoicing to e-invoicing can cut down carbon emissions by more than a third.

Basware Report Demonstrates E-invoicing Can Cut Carbon Emissions More Than 30%

Most of the emissions savings, compared to paper-based systems, comes from improved efficiency in invoice handling. Companies reap the benefit of a reduced carbon footprint when employees spend fewer hours on tasks which are better automated. These efficiencies positively impact reducing electricity and commuting costs.

Printing, distribution and paper manufacturing also affect the carbon impact results, but overall their share of the savings is smaller than the efficiency advantage of e-invoicing. Surprisingly, the emissions of computing are not a big factor as most paper-based systems today involve scanning and further handling by computers as well.

Vesa Tykkyläinen, CEO of Basware:

”Digitalisation of financial services is partly about making processes more efficient. Greater efficiencies help our customers build more sustainable businesses. Basware customers have a distinct advantage in this regard and we are pleased to help quantify carbon emissions savings through this research.”

The research noted the increasing energy efficiency of cloud computing. The energy demand for production and operation of outsourced servers has only seen limited growth since 2010, despite the rapid increase in demand for their services. Future decarbonization of the electricity grid will improve and further benefit the aim of cutting carbon emissions.

The report was composed by reviewing five different studies researched by universities and businesses during the past decade. Three additional sources of emissions in the Basware value chain were identified: the production and operation of outsourced servers, customer office energy use, and customer travel.

Outsourced server energy use estimates were based on a worst-case scenario with older than average technology. Basware customer office energy use and travel were based on average office desktop energy use and the calculated global average electricity carbon intensity.

Basware reports its carbon emissions regularly to UK-based environmental reporting organization CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project). 70% of Basware carbon emissions result from electricity use and business travel.

Read more about the review from Basware Blog. To read about how your company can cut carbon emissions by switching to an automated process, visit Save Time (and Trees) with SmartPDF.