The Weekly Verdigris Blog by Laurel Brunner

This article was produced by the Verdigris project, an industry initiative intended to raise awareness of print’s positive environmental impact. This weekly commentary helps printing companies keep up to date with environmental standards, and how environmentally friendly business management can help improve their bottom lines. Verdigris is supported by the following companies: Agfa Graphics, EFI, Fespa, Fujifilm, HP, Kodak, Ricoh, Spindrift, Splash PR, Unity Publishing and Xeikon.

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ISO 16759 Approved!

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After what feels like forever but what is really only a couple of years, ISO 16759 (Quantification and communication of the carbon footprint of print media products), has been approved. Yay!!

This is very exciting, but it marks only the beginning of an important journey for our industry. We are expecting ISO to publish ISO 16759 this summer.

European Sustainability Simmering for All

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The European Commission is turning up the heat on its sustainability policies, so the rest of the world should take note since it will affect international trade. We heard about the EU’s Product Carbon Footpring (PCF) and Organisational Carbon Footprint (OCF) earlier this year. Neither are regulations yet and both essentially echo existing ISO standards. However the EU feels PCF and OCF are needed because “the alternatives existing were not suitable to achieve our political objectives (clearer, more reliable, verifiable and comparable information on the environmental performance of products and companies reporting)”. This is what Dr Michele Galatola of the EU has told us, but we aren’t convinced.

Tougher Than It Looks

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When standards makers started working on ISO 16759 for quantifying the carbon footprint of print media, there were two primary reference documents: PAS 2050 and a working draft of what was supposed to become ISO 14067. Both documents were written to help companies quantify and calculate the carbon footprints of products and services and are closely aligned.

Taking Another Step Forward with ISO 50001

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Agfa Graphics has had a sustained commitment to improving its carbon footprint for many years. It has also made considerable efforts to help the industry do so as well, particularly with the Azura line of chemistry-free plates. And we’re proud to say Agfa is one of the Verdigris project’s founding members. Now the company has announced that it has achieved ISO 50001 for its plate manufacturing plants in the UK and Germany.

Photosynthesis & Bio Batteries

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For most of us, the idea of using paper for energy is limited to throwing it on the fire and enjoying the warmth. However scientists at Sony Japan are working on a far more interesting development. They have come up with a battery powered by waste paper.