Climate Protection

We believe that Xerox, as a global business, must do its part to reduce the risks of climate change. While our ultimate goal is to become climate-neutral as a company, our immediate focus is reducing energy consumption in our own operations and providing sustainable document management technology and solutions to our customers to reduce the energy and environmental impacts of their business. We are making investments in several initiatives to support this goal.

Reducing Energy Consumption through Xerox Products and Solutions

Xerox WorkCenter 5645 30% less energy consumption than previous model


More than 10 years before the inception of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Office Equipment program, Xerox introduced the first imaging product with an automatic power-down mode. Since joining with the EPA as a Charter Partner in 1993, we have introduced over 500 copier, printer, fax and multifunction products that have earned ENERGY STAR status. This continued success in cutting the power consumption of our laser-based printing products has been achieved by adjustments in the fuser design, changes to the properties of the toner, more-efficient electronic controls and the workings of the xerographic system as a whole.

A new, more exacting ENERGY STAR standard became effective on April 1, 2007. Previously the ENERGY STAR criteria for office copiers, printers and multifunction systems measured power consumed only in power-saver modes such as standby and low-power modes. The new standard asks a different question: How much energy would the device use during a typical week? It measures the energy consumed if the system mimics the tempo of a normal office, running a sample job mix with downtime for lunch, overnight and on weekends. The result is a Typical Electricity Consumption (TEC) number that must meet the EPA’s tough new requirements for a product to achieve ENERGY STAR status. The EPA’s new ENERGY STAR requirements raise the bar so significantly that only 25% of products in the marketplace were expected to meet the new criteria. At Xerox, 80% of 2007 new product introductions passed this tough test. One example of the company’s success is the Xerox WorkCentre® 5600 multifunction series of products with speeds from 32–87 pages per minute. These are networked black-and-white office multifunction products designed for 10–30 users. The WorkCentre 5645 uses 14 kWh hours per week of electricity, about 30% less than a comparable multifunction system of three years ago.

The ENERGY STAR program continues to raise the standard over time, and our goal is to have 90% of new product introductions achieve this ecolabel in 2010.