The United Nations has selected Xerox to provide devices certified to meet internationally recognized security and product sustainability standards and onsite support to the COP26 conference, taking place in Glasgow, 31 Oct – 12 Nov 2021.

Xerox are supporting the UN's essential print and copying services across the full conference campus, supporting all function events and country delegations from around the world. Xerox will also supply a team of onsite engineering support staff, from Glasgow and the surrounding areas.

Most of the devices to be used at the conference have been remanufactured near Glasgow at Concept, a Xerox Business Solutions company, in Clydebank, which was recently awarded the BSI kitemark BS 8887-220:2010. The devices have earned Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT), Blue Angel and ENERGY STAR ecolabels and have been validated by The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change for their security and functionality.

To realise the ambition of providing print technology with sustainability benefits to the conference, Xerox will use proactive alerts for devices to enable optimum uptime through the event. Devices will be configured to reduce power consumption through energy saving settings including defaulting to double-sided printing and reduced toner consumption in draft print mode to deliver the lowest carbon footprint.

“Xerox has a proven legacy in supporting similar scale events throughout the UK, including the London Olympics in 2012 and most recently the European Championships in Glasgow in 2018, so we are delighted to be an official partner for COP26. Our appointment is a testament to our commitment to fighting climate change, whilst helping to make a positive difference on one of the world’s most pressing issues,” stated Darren Cassidy, Managing Director, Xerox UK&I.

To further the sustainability credentials of all printing onsite, Xerox will provide FSC certified paper having 100% Post-Consumer recycled content. All used paper and spent toner cartridges will be recycled through an Eco-Box and Xerox’s Green World Alliance Program, and printed pages will additionally be off-set by the PrintReleaf Reforestation Program – which sees Xerox plant a tree in a managed forest for every 8,333 pages of print.

After the event, Xerox will also be working with Glasgow City Council and Procurement Scotland to agree to processes for the donation of devices used, with a proportion already allocated to local charities and schools.

In addition to COP26, Xerox will support the DEFRA e-alliance Tech for Climate Change event at the Glasgow Hilton 1st-5th November where Darren Cassidy, Managing Director of UK & Ireland for Xerox, will participate in the CEO Panel event about Xerox’s journey to net zero by 2040.