Benalmadena Saves €100,000 after Going Paperless

Benalmadena Saves €100,000 after Going Paperless. Image: Ayuntamiento de Benalmadena

BENALMADENA Council has saved €100,000 after moving to paperless technology.

The move has seen Benalmadena avoid printing 1.5 million documents since it started going paperless two years ago.
The mayor of Benalmadena, Victor Navas, and the councillor for New Technologies, Sergio Torralvo, have announced some of the figures since the council begin to use less paper in 2019.
They said they began by using 32,500 electronic files rather than paper ones in 2019, going up to 45,580 in 2020, a 30 per cent increase in one year.
Mayor Navas said: “If in 2017 in Benalmadena Council 2,270,497 documents were printed, in 2020 the figure dropped to 1,206,303 documents: a reduction of half just three years before the implementation of electronic administration.
“The benefits derived from this for sustainability are much greater: by avoiding unnecessary trips and queues for residents, we also prevent them from consuming fuel in their vehicles or on public transport to go to municipal offices.”
Benalmadena Council had spent €2 million in 2018 to begin going paperless, with savings of nearly €90,000 since then.  The politicians announced the majority of savings had been made in sending out letters to residents.
The council now has more initiatives planned.  The mayor said: “We are planning the launch of various tutorial videos to facilitate access to electronic administration for residents; and, if there is a demand, we have not ruled out even offering specific training for those people who find it particularly difficult to handle it.”

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