Printing For A Green Tomorrow: How To Minimise Carbon Emissions
10th October 2023
Carbon-neutral printing is the future of the printing industry, and reducing your carbon footprint to move towards zero carbon is often easier than you think. The net-zero target is a government commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to reach net zero by 2050, and all industries must take the necessary steps to reduce their impact on the environment to reduce their carbon footprint.
Interesting fact: Your supply chain often accounts for more than 80-90% of your total carbon emissions.
At Insight Systems, it’s our mission to pave the way towards a better future for print, which is why we’re dedicated to improving our environmental performance and offering eco-friendly, sustainable, managed print solutions for businesses nationwide.
Printing and Its Impact on Carbon Emissions.
Paper Production and Deforestation: The paper industry is a significant contributor to deforestation. It’s estimated that 42% of all global industrial wood harvest is used to make paper according to The World Counts.
Electronic vs. Paper: While digital communication has reduced the need for print, excessive and unnecessary printing still occurs. Studies suggest that the average office worker uses 10,000 sheets of paper per year, and an estimated 75% of this ends up in the bin.
Carbon Emissions from Paper Production: The production of paper is energy-intensive.
E-waste from Printing Devices: Printers and cartridges contribute to electronic waste. Improper disposal of these items can lead to soil and water pollution, releasing harmful substances into the environment.
Carbon Emissions from Ink Production: The production of ink, especially petroleum-based ink, generates carbon emissions. However, there are environmentally friendly ink alternatives made from sustainable sources, reducing the carbon footprint.
Printing and Energy Consumption: Printers, especially high-speed commercial printers, consume a significant amount of energy. Energy-efficient printers like the Epson range, and adopting duplex printing (printing on both sides of the paper) can mitigate this impact.
How To Minimise Carbon Emissions In The Print Industry.
There are three core areas that can help your business minimise its carbon emissions when it comes to printing processes. Let’s take a look in more detail.
1.Analysing Your Current Print Output.
Analysing and reviewing your current print output is the first step in your carbon reduction strategy. It’s important that you choose sustainable products and work with suppliers who are environmentally responsible.
Insight System’s offers a FREE optimisation audit where we:
- Determine the monthly usage of your devices and overall print set-up.
- Highlight possible energy savings, productivity savings, time savings and total cost savings.
- Discuss your goals and ways in which we can help you reach your desired sustainability goals.
2.Environmentally Friendly Production Devices.
Old printers, especially those manufactured before the advent of energy-efficient technologies, can emit a significant amount of carbon emissions. The emissions come from various sources:
Energy Consumption: Older printers often consume more power during operation, leading to higher carbon emissions. This energy use is not just during the printing process but also when the printer is in standby mode.
Manufacturing Process: The production of older printers involves energy-intensive processes and the use of materials that contribute to carbon emissions. Additionally, older manufacturing methods might not be as environmentally friendly as modern, sustainable practices.
E-waste: When old printers are discarded and not properly recycled, they contribute to electronic waste. E-waste, when not managed correctly, releases harmful chemicals into the environment, adding to carbon emissions.
Investing in energy-efficient printers for the modern office is highly recommended for several reasons.
- Reduced energy consumption.
- Lower operating costs.
- Environmental benefits.
- Enhanced productivity.
3.Eco Friendly & Sustainable Materials.
One of the easiest switches you can make to switch to carbon-neutral printing is by using different types of sustainable materials. This includes biodegradable inks and recycled paper.
- Biodegradable inks and toners.
- Recycled paper.
Biodegradable ink cartridges are made from materials that can break down naturally, reducing the strain on landfills and lowering the environmental impact.
Recycled paper uses less water and energy compared to creating paper from raw materials. It also reduces the demand for wood, conserving forests and biodiversity. Additionally, using recycled paper promotes a circular economy where resources are reused and recycled, reducing the overall demand for raw materials and encouraging sustainable production practices.
Sustainability Open Day With Insight Systems.
We’re hosting a FREE Sustainability Open Day Event on Wednesday 18th October at Kent Cricket Club in Canterbury. This event will be sure to provide you with the knowledge to make your business more environmentally friendly.
To learn more about how we can help you reach your sustainability goals, get in touch with our team of experts on 0800 046 1332. Alternatively, request an Epson brochure to learn more about Epson’s innovative heat-free technology.