By now you’ve probably heard about the COP28 Climate Conference taking place in UAE despite (or because of) this nation’s status as one of the world’s largest fossil fuel producers.
The stated aim of COP28 is to remain on target towards cutting global emissions from pre-industrial levels by half by 2030. States the conference president: “We only have another seven years to meet that goal. COP28 UAE is a prime opportunity to rethink, reboot, and refocus the climate agenda.” That’s quite an ambitious goal. What’s next? Speed-of-light space travel by 2035?
However, ambitious goals are perhaps exactly what we need to counter such an imminent threat to our planet. If you’ve spent a day on earth over the last couple years (a good bet if you’re reading this), you’ve probably noticed that something is askew weather-wise—be it hurriquakes in Southern California in August, biblical wildfires in Canada that blot out the day sky in New York, or lethal European heatwaves.
Some of the proposals for drastic emissions cuts in industrial economies look to be quite disruptive to governments and world populations, and this does not even begin to address the political upheaval that new policies will create.
We at RPost have our own, rather modest-in-comparison solution to global climate change: Let’s help the world reduce paper consumption by half. Less paper consumption has a double effect in that it cuts CO2 emissions from paper factories while preserving the trees that suck CO2 out of the air.
It’s a far better idea than the Irish government committing €600m to cull 200,000 cows to reduce (presumably) methane belches. And with all the debates about who will fund the billions in “loss and damage” to give to less-developed countries impacted by rising CO2 levels (presumably heating the atmosphere making for more energy-packed storms and rising sea levels), why not compel the less-developed and emerging countries to go fully paperless?
Let me take the example of my experience with the India patent office requiring paper and ink signatures, for instance. And, consider India is a high growth global economy that ironically (and contentiously) would qualify for receiving these “loss and damage” payments due to how countries are categorized in COP -- based on their United Nations 1990’s designation when COP started. I had to sign a power of attorney – a simple one-sheet for our local patent counsel in India yesterday. Sure, I eSigned it using the best in eSignatures, RSign. However, our patent counsel replied saying the India patent office requires paper-and-ink signatures and that I should courier a paper-signed version from Los Angeles to Mumbai, India. What?
Think of all the paper wasted (think CO2 consuming trees cut down) --- and then the airline fuel consumption and emissions to fly a piece of paper from Los Angeles to India. Crazy (in today’s modern world of technology). eSignatures can be the first transition point to eliminating paper-based agreements, a big to do as shown in this example.
Our eSignature platform, RSign, in addition to being part of the solution to global climate change, is the only platform designed with a more affordable, flexible pricing model that adapts to businesses from all industries, sizes, and regions. It is also feature-rich, easy to use, and friendlier to work with and is built on 20 years of leadership in eSecurity and eCompliance. And, the International Data Corp. (IDC) declared RSign a WORLDWIDE leader in its recent eSignature MarketScape report.
In its time as a top software choice for eSignatures, RSign has no doubt saved many forests worth of trees. And think of all the courier airplanes (and their associated carbon footprints) that have had to fly less. And what about all that fuel saved from not driving to meetings to get in-person signatures.
If there’s one thing we all can agree on, it’s that eSignatures – at least by RSign – are affordable, fast, and an effective weapon in the fight against climate change, and agreement is something we all in the world could use right now.
Feel free to contact us to learn more about how RSign can lessen your business’ carbon footprint while streamlining all your eSignature processes.
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