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RDS as a Sustainable Business

RDS is an ISO14001 UCAS (Lloyds Register) accredited organisation and we pride ourselves on the development of services to reduce both our own and our clients’ carbon footprint.

We have dedicated personnel who are able to assist with carbon reduction of our clients. We will only work with suppliers who share the same principles and can provide product credentials through the Blue Angel or White Swan global certifications (or equivalent) as a minimum.

In August 2020, RDS took the opportunity to review all aspects of our accreditations, including our goals to reduce internal carbon footprint and more importantly assist our customers in the same.

Our impact on CO2 consumption can
be measured across three areas:


Internal Impact

Our services to customers

Through working with Lloyds and other external parties, our ability to positively impact on reducing Carbon Footprint lies within our work with customers. At the base using our AssetDB asset tracking and analysis solution, we can also provide current environmental analysis to our customers in addition to recommendations
on how that could be improved as part of a future state design and comparison.

Additionally, as part of our implementation, initial and ongoing training, and management process, we endeavour to deliver a solution that is operated in as energy-efficient a manner as possible. This typically involves bespoke software configuration to ensure output is sent in the most appropriate format (i.e., mono, double-sided) and to the most appropriate device.

As part of user training, we also educate on the most efficient ways to use devices which can include everything from appropriately configuring individual photocopy jobs, to not changing toner too early as this causes unnecessary waste.

Papercut Grows

The PaperCut Grows solution will enable NTL to plant more trees than your printing uses, transforming business printing from an environmental footprint into a trigger for ecological renewal.

PaperCut Grows delivers in-product tracking of print volumes and displays how many trees have been consumed and how many have been planted in a modern and easy to understand dashboard. The program also provides you with marketing material to assist in telling a compelling, credible sustainability story.

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PrintReleaf is the world’s first platform that automatically converts your paper footprint into actual trees. As you print, you actively replant trees in forests that need it most around the world.

This new initiative will empower your company to “releaf” forests based on your paper printer usage. The reforestation projects you choose to “releaf” are up to you and at the moment there are 9 different projects across the world. PrintReleaf provides certificates and reports about the forests you have “releafed” over time that is fully audited so you are able to track down the areas of the forest you have contributed to reforesting.

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Toner Recycling

We offer a toner take back scheme to further limit environmental impact. The bulk toner take-back scheme comes with a specially designed toner collection box in a choice of two sizes which is used to store empty toners and then collected when it is full, this service is free and is managed easily via a dedicated web portal.

Every customer we work with we have the ability and desire to make the project and the way we carry out our services carbon neutral and forest positive and are recommending to our clients all of our sustainable services to assist with their ESG.