Sustainability in the printing industry

Print often suffers from a poor public image when it comes to the environment. However, the industry has made great strides and is entirely sustainable and environmentally friendly. European regulation frames many regulations for the industry. However, the industry itself goes beyond these requirements with self-regulatory measures which ensure the environmental attributes of print. Below are some of these measures and issues.

  • Recycling
    In 2013, a total of 57 million tonnes of paper and board were recycled in Europe. This corresponded to a…
  • Energy Efficiency
    The EU is aiming for a 20% cut in Europe's annual primary energy consumption by 2020. The European Commission has…
  • Chemicals
    Since 2007, The European legislation on chemicals, REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals) has applied. The purpose of REACH…
  • Sustainable forest management
    Most European printers use chain of custody certification, like FSC and PEFC, to provide assurance to their customers that wood-based…
  • Air emissions
    The Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) (adopted in 2010 and formerly known as the IPPC Directive (Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control…