Digitalization as a way to sustainability
On July 29, we exhausted nature´s budget for the year 2021. For the rest of the year, we are maintaining our ecological debt by using natural resources and accumulating carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. If we keep compounding this debt, natural disasters will become more frequent and devastating.
A recent UN climate change report showed that global warming is close to spiraling out of control. These climate changes and the ensuing environmental disasters are caused by human activities. That is why only we can avert them.
Everyone can minimize the damage
Carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gasses generated by a person, organization, or nation. It’s measured in tons of CO2 emissions. 71 % of global greenhouse gas emissions are generated by 100 companies that mostly operate in the energy sector. The majority of greenhouse gases are created by burning fossil fuels, agriculture, forestry, industrial processes, and waste. However, this doesn´t mean that individuals and companies don´t also have a carbon footprint.
Each one of us can contribute to minimizing the damage by reducing this footprint. This applies to companies, too. Climate change has a massive impact on business. That is why companies are moving towards sustainability.
Many big names such as Siemens, Google, McDonald´s or BMW are taking action to protect the planet and reduce emissions. Consumer behavior is starting to change too. People who care about environmental issues are seeking brands that share their values.
Field service providers are also starting to make sustainability one of their priorities. That means better resource allocation, as well as following regulations limiting carbon emissions. So, what steps can the field service industry take to reduce its carbon footprint?
Make digitalization a driver of sustainability
Integrating digital technology into company processes is an essential step towards reducing your carbon footprint and becoming more sustainable. Many industries still use paper for completing tasks that can be done digitally, and field service is no exception. A simple mobile app might be all it takes.
There is no need to carry around documents with information about customers if field workers can access them on their mobile devices. The same goes for writing reports – you can just fill them out digitally and sign them with a legally binding e-signature.
During an average order, a field service technician needs to fill out several sheets of paper. If they have four or five work orders a day, this can climb up to a 2-digit number. That´s a lot of wasted paper!
Better route planning for fieldworkers can reduce road traffic. It might seem like a small thing, but the truth is that transportation causes more than 20 % of carbon emissions worldwide. With the help of a good route planning tool, you can optimize your employees´ routes with regard to traffic and their schedules.
The cloud and collaboration tools can also be a great help. Remote collaboration can reduce both road traffic and paper waste. Experts can collaborate with field technicians directly through their mobile or wearable devices thanks to remote assistance tools. The fieldworker also has access to user manuals and all the materials he needs on his device. There is no need for the expert to meet the technician in person or for the technician to travel back to the office for the manuals.
Another thing that can improve sustainability is equipment efficiency. Field service software can indicate when equipment needs maintenance. It extends the life span of equipment, lowers operating costs, and saves material. That, in turn, lowers the company´s harmful impact on nature.
Enjoy the benefits of Resco Field Service 2.0
Resco Field Service 2.0 is an innovative mobile solution that allows companies to eliminate paperwork and make fieldwork more efficient. But this isn´t the only solution from Resco that is environment-friendly. Our Resco Inspections inspection software and Resco Houston workforce knowledge software also help digitalize workflows and lower emissions.
Digital documents and mobile forms help save costs and reduce your company´s carbon footprint. Scheduling and route planning features allow you to track your technicians in real-time and optimize their routes based on the traffic situation and their work orders.