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, Miraclon, Ricoh, Spindrift, Splash PR, Unity Publishing and Xeikon.

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Going Green in Guandong

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Shenzhen Polytechnic based in Guandong province in southern China was founded in 1993 and now caters for over 24,000 students. It has multiple colleges and over one thousand courses covering a range of vocational and academic subjects. The School of Media and Communications has 55 professors and a bevy of kit from Heidelberg, Agfa, Kodak and others. Of the several thousand students who graduate from the school each year, 99% find work in the printing and associated industries. We recently presented ISO 16759 (calculating and communicating the carbon footprint of print media products) to a group of several hundred students and got a quite astonishing response.

Newspaper Plant Efficiency

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Newspapers tell us they have had a rough ride over the last few years, and yet they still manage to turn a tidy profit. So it is good to hear examples of newspaper publishers greening up their acts, even if they are still pretty isolated events.

Get Your Factories in Shape

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Energy emissions are obviously fundamental to any carbon footprint calculation, regardless of industry sector. Apart from improving carbon footprint energy management saves money. Manufacturing emissions are generally massive in scale so for the printing and publishing industries it is more than a good idea for manufacturers to promote their environmental initiatives.

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.