Q: What is the carbon footprint of one receipt (460 grams) based on in your calculation?
A: The calculation utilises a report published by Finance Finland in 2015 on the climate impact of accounting automation. The report can be downloaded at https://www.finanssiala.fi/en/publications/the-climate-impact-of-accounting-automation/.
The carbon footprint of companies’ financial administration is two-fold: work done by your company, such as the processing of invoices and receipts, as well as work carried out and the documents processed by the accounting firm. The report’s carbon footprint calculation includes: processing purchase and sales invoices, processing receipts for card payments, work carried out by the accounting firm (including premises and devices), entering account transactions into bookkeeping, processing receipts for card payments at the accounting firm, documents, and archival (paper/electronic).
Therefore, even though the receipt is still printed and you must take a photo of it, its carbon footprint is lower, when you pay with AirPay as the financial administration process is streamlined, and you use less time processing receipts. And do not forget the monetary cost savings!