Dematerialisation in Brussels offices

Project information

Index: 0694R2
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Waste management
Location BELGIQUE-BELGIË RÉGION DE BRUXELLES-CAPITALE / BRUSSELS HOOFDSTEDELIJK GEWEST Région de Bruxelles-Capitale / Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2002

Topic of the practice

Waste prevention - Paper in offices

Good Practice Information

In the Brussels Capital Region, 54% of jobs are administrative. Despite new office technologies – internet and email – large quantities of paper are still used.
The dematerialisation project involved:
•coaching of a series of organisations during 3-6 months focusing on training&awareness raising, new tools, improved document flow
•region-wide communication campaigns including free information
sessions and tools.
Key factors of success:the involvement of all hierarchical levels is needed to allow structural and organizational changes;need to designate a relay person within the organization;need to sustain efforts over the long term (over 5 years up to 70% reduction in paper usage);before offering training/coaching services to an organization a minimum level of commitment is required.

Evidence of success

15% to 25% reduction in paper consumption achieved in 25 coached companies (average 18%)i.e. a total reduction of annual paper use by a bit more than 75 tonnes of paper or 775 000€.
Longer term organizational measures could achieve an additional reduction up to 70% reduction over 5 years

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Ms Joëlle Van Bambeke

Bruxelles Environnement – IBGE;

Annex completed on: 02-14-2013

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