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ImageWelcome to Verdigris. This site provides information about environmental initiatives for the international printing community. It has a range of articles and reference links for printers, publishers, technology providers and anyone else who’s interested.

Articles cover all sorts of topics from explaining the basics of carbon footprinting for printers, to describing how individual printing companies are doing their bit to minimise their impact on the envrionment. This is an educational site that includes reference material and links to industry associations and environmental organisations around the world.

Carbon Balanced Paper

medium_laurel2015.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

Balance can be difficult to achieve. You may struggle to balance your books, get your socks on of a morning without excess hopping, or offset your business’s carbon. What you do to achieve balance in the first two examples is up to you. When it comes to the third there are plenty of options, and yet relatively few graphic arts businesses bother with carbon offsetting.

No Cop Out

medium_2015_Laurel B.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

Well it’s finally over. Despite the ever present risk of abject failure, the twenty-first Conference of the Parties (COP21) is being hailed as a resounding success. And it is a success, because for the first time we have something approaching global consensus on how to protect the planet for future generations. Participating governments and businesses seem to recognise that apart from being necessary for the health of the planet, responding to climate change creates opportunities. With governments committed to creating favourable conditions, investors have an incentive to support innovation and what the COP21 people call “bottom-up solutions to support the global agreement on climate change”.

Mark to Market

medium_laurel3.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

Some very large industry associations are arguing for carbon markets at the COP21 meeting in Paris. The reasons for a global carbon market are compelling, however they tend to be based on a somewhat fragile premise: accountability, according to universal principles.

December in Paris

medium_laurel2015.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

This week and next, Paris is hosting the Conference of the Parties (COP), the governing body of the United Nations Convention Framework on Climate Change (UNFCC). For the graphics industry, interest in it is roughly similar to that of many other sectors: tepid to lukewarm. And yet all of us should care, not just for the headlines but because this event is unique in its potential to drive change.

Top of the Leader Board

medium_2015_Laurel B.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

As if the deforestation and corrupt abuses by Asian Pulp & Paper (APP) weren’t bad enough for Indonesia, the country’s recently reached the top of the global warming rankings. Indonesia has achieved this dubious honour in the wake of massive fires that have been burning through great swathes of the archipelago causing extreme pollution. Because of the fires Indonesia emitted more GHGs on a daily basis than China did “on at least 14 days” in September and October according to research from Bloomberg, a business and financial news provider. And the same research found that Indonesia’s total daily CO2 emissions, were more than those of the USA on around half the days in those two months. Pretty grim for a country with a GDP that’s less than a twentieth of America’s.

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