During 2012, the Uniflow printing solution continued to be deployed in our main site in Sophia Antipolis, France.
Unfilow is a badge-based printing system by which users send a print job to a queue; and the job is only printed when the user goes to the printer and confirms the printing job. This reduces the amount of paper used by eliminating the need of printing cover pages, as well as avoiding printing documents that have not been confirmed.
The results are very encouraging since we are seeing not only a decline in the amount of paper printed before and after the implementation, but also a behavioural change by which, even after one full year of implementation, and despite the increase in number of users, total paper consumption keeps decreasing.
Number of printed pages significantly reduced with Uniflow in first year, and continues to decrease in second year.
Since our site in Sophia Antipolis represents more than half of the total workforce, the Uniflow system implementation in that site has had a very significant positive impact on the overall consumption of the top 10 sites. In addition, each site continues with its own improvement measures.
Furthermore, in our efforts to continuously improve the accuracy of the data gathering process, we have identified previous errors in the information reported in some sites, particularly in Madrid, where the data included for previous years was incorrect due to an error detected in the aggregation of information, and we have now included the right data. This explains the difference in the reported data in previous years from the data included in the table below.