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The GHG Protocol D - what it is and what it means to the printing industry

ImageThe Greenhouse Gas (or GHG) Protocol is the grandfather of almost all the various greenhouse gas or carbon reporting standards, labels, carbon calculators and other measuring guidance you are likely to come across. So even if you are not familiar with it, it’s very likely that your business is affected by it.

Implementing a Carbon Strategy

ImageWith money getting tighter, now is a good time to look at ways to cut costs. Fortunately for the planet, going green is a great way to do this, but sometimes it’s easier said than done. One of the largest printers in the UK is St. Ives, with a group turnover of €200 million and approximately 4,500 employees across its 22 sites, all of which are ISO 14001 compliant. (This is the standard that specifies the requirements for an environmental management system.)

Let’s Get Wasted

ImageCarbon strategies can come in many shapes and sizes, reflecting different approaches to the challenge of better protecting the environment. For instance, a Ricoh factory located at the heart of the industrial revolution in the UK is a leader in the charge to develop green practices. The Ironbridge Gorge near Telford, in England, is known as the birthplace of industry and it was here that the technique for making top quality iron using coke in place of coal was perfected.

Closing the recycling loop

ImageThere are a number of myths about recycling that are frequently mistaken for facts, particularly when it comes to paper. The two most common are that using recycled paper saves trees, and that recycling paper is harmful to the environment because of the bleach used to get the ink off, neither of which are true.

Steps on the Carbon Ladder

ImageEco-warriors just love the printing industry: all those dead trees, all those stinking solvents. And because of the high volumes and the fleeting value of their content, newspapers are an especially popular target. After all, newspapers are printed on polluting paper, on massive high-speed, energy-hungry presses. Their distribution relies on extensive heavy duty road and air transport. And because time is of the essence, everyone involved must rely on a maelstrom of electronics.

The last resort

ImageCarbon offsetting is a major tool in the fight against man-made climate change, yet it is much maligned with some people calling it a permit to pollute. So, what is carbon offsetting, and does it have a part to play in establishing a way for printers to be more environmentally friendly?