Dematerialisation in Brussels offices
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