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Eco-friendly digital process saves council money and suppliers time

A digital innovation is saving Swansea Council thousands of pounds and its suppliers hundreds of valuable hours.



The council's switch from having many business contracts produced digitally rather than printed is also helping Swansea to tackle the climate emergency.

In its first year, the council's use of its new e-signature software saved more than 12,000 sheets of paper in the processing of more than 240 contracts.

Suppliers who benefited from the time saved by the switch ranged from contractors building the Bay Field Hospital to suppliers of pot hole repair materials.

 The process, which complies with legal rules, saved more than 593kg of CO2 emissions thanks to changes such as officers not having to travel into an office to draft and process paperwork.

The plans is to expand the use of the system - supplied by specialist company DocuSign - to other areas of the council.

David Hopkins, the council's joint deputy leader, said: "Our successful e-signature process saves on time, money and waste - it's exactly the sort of innovation that will help the council go net zero carbon by 2030 and the city net zero by 2050."