Photocopier makers say they have slashed the energy consumption of their equipment for offices by more than a fifth (20.8%) in two years.
ERA Technology made the scan-tastic claim in its Energy Efficiency Report, which assesses how manufacturers have kept to a voluntary agreement in 2011 to reduce their environmental footprint.
Their compliance with environmentally-friendly design requirements of imaging equipment products has risen: from 93.92% in 2011 to 97.63% at the end of 2013, found ERA Technology.
One million tonnes of office paper will be saved by 2020 estimates the report, while CO2 emissions in the sector will be reduced by 14%.
Maxime Furkel of printing firm Lexmark who is President of trade body EuroVAprint suggested this showed industry could regulate itself well.
He said: “Our industry is a vivid example of how self-regulation can work in Europe. The Ecodesign measures provide the right conditions for industries to take universal and immediate action to reduce energy consumption. Our voluntary agreement allows different manufacturers to work together for energy saving targets and achieve immediate results.”