Carbon footprint

Carbon footprint is commonly known as “a measure of the impact human activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of greenhouse gases produced, measured in units of carbon dioxide (CO2)".

Although the printing industry is much less energy intensive than other industries, reducing emissions and saving energy is a priority for printing companies today. In February 2010, INTERGRAF released Recommendations defining the parameters that should be included in any calculation of CO2 emissions of a printing site or a printed product.

The recommendations identify 13 basic parameters, which cover 95% of typical CO2 emissions for printing. The aim is to offer a European common understanding of requirements that support printers in choosing an adequate calculation scheme.

The recommendation does not include any CO2 equivalent figures, but serves as a guideline for the choice of a system.

Link to INTERGRAF Recommendations

Based on INTERGRAF Recommendations, two application tools have been developed in the form of CO2 calculators by INTERGRAF members:
INTERGRAF Recommendations have now received international recognition with their inclusion in the upcoming international standard ISO 16759 ‘Quantification and communication for calculating the carbon footprint of print media products’.