Going green is easy to do with Gfax. There are approximately 450 000 fax machines in South Africa. Most fax machines stay switched on 24/7 to enable incoming faxes to be received. During most of this time the machines are on standby. The average power consumption of fax machines when in standby mode is 8.15W².
When fax machines are in standby mode over 12 000 tonnes of CO2 emissions are generated. For electricity consumption it is in most cases impossible to identify with any certainty the source of generation that has been reduced or displaced when savings are made. For this reason the Climate Change Levy Negotiated Agreements and the ETS are using an average carbon intensity factor for the estimation of carbon dioxide emissions from the consumption of electricity.
This has been fixed at 0.43 kg CO2/kWh3. CO2 emissions per fax machine per annum: 71.394 x 0.43 = 30.7kg. Therefore, for all 450 000 odd fax machines in South Africa a total of 12 519 tonnes of CO2 emissions are generated.
On average each fax machine receives 3 735 fax pages a year based on 5 faxes a day each consisting of 2 to 3 pages amounting to 15 pages per day. Each fax is copied at least once. One tree produces on average, 16.674 reams of paper (8 333 sheets). South Africa fax usage consumes over 300 thousand trees per annum. Therefore 365 579 trees are consumed in South Africa by fax transmission and copying of faxes each year. Faxes in South Africa consume almost 1.5 thousand acres of trees per year.
Faxing with Gfax reduces the need for paper. Start going green today with Gfax!