Environmental Impact of Digital Signature Implementation

Digital signatures offer an alternative form of consent that tends to be safer and more practical than wet signatures. Digital signatures are ideally protected with biometric authentication technology which makes them more difficult to forge or misuse.

You also don't have to worry about the legality and legal power of digital signatures, because they are equivalent to wet signatures. In Indonesia, this has even been regulated in Article 1 Number 12 of Law Number 19 of 2016 concerning amendments to Law no. 11 of 2008 concerning Information and Electronic Transactions.

However, the advantages of digital signatures do not stop there. They also have a positive impact on the environment. Let’s have a look at some of them.

Reduced paper usage

Digital signatures are assigned to digital documents, so you don't need any paper or ink. If you have to share a digitally signed document with many parties, you can simply send it via email.

In other words, digital signatures can help reduce paper usage, and this has a positive effect on reducing the amount of logging, given that trees are the source of paper.

The positive environmental impact has been proven by the NatWest Group, an insurance and banking company from the United Kingdom. Since switching to digital signatures, the NatWest Group has managed to save 9,000,000 sheets of paper, 960,000 gallons of water and 150,000 kilograms of wood.

Reduced paper waste

Did you know that the amount of paper waste in Indonesia is quite high? Indonesia generates 17,000 tons of paper waste every day. This is inseparable from the high level of paper consumption. Based on Eco Bali data, per capita paper consumption in Indonesia has reached 27 kg/person/year - the equivalent of 11 reams or 11 trees.

Problems related to paper waste require systemic solutions. However, your company can help improve the situation by switching to digital signatures. Because they do not use physical paper, digital signatures can also help reduce the amount of paper consumption.

Minimized vehicle carbon emissions

Digital signatures not only reduce paper consumption; they also minimize vehicle carbon emissions. How?

Imagine when a signed document has to be distributed to relevant parties such as colleagues or partner companies. In the case of a wet signature, you need to photocopy the physical document, then send it. If the parties authorized to sign are in different locations or even cities, then the document must be sent by vehicle so that it can reach everyone.

As a result, paper documents yield additional carbon emissions. This is especially true, because Indonesia’s vehicles are still very dependent on fossil fuel. Fossil fuels produce carbon dioxide emissions that can increase the earth's temperature, thereby exacerbating global warming.

The issue of global warming will not be immediately resolved by stopping the use of vehicles. However, we can help reduce it by switching to digital signatures and digital documents. Simply send the digital document via email or share it via a cloud-based file storage service to those who need it without having to send it by vehicle.

The positive impacts on the environment from the implementation of digital signatures and digital documents are proven to be able to help care for and preserve the earth. Now is the time for you and your company to play your part in protecting the earth by switching to digital signatures. Make sure you choose a digital-signature service provider such as VIDA Sign whose credentials are guaranteed. VIDA Sign is registered with the Ministry of Communication and Information as the main Electronic Certificate Operator (PSrE), and is certified by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) and WebTrust from the American Institute of Chartered Public Accountants (AICPA). This proves that the VIDA Sign has met the five main standards of online privacy, security, availability, confidentiality, and processing integrity.

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