Calculating the carbon footprints of a Finnish newspaper and magazine from cradle to grave

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Abstract

Environmental performance of a product in relation to climate change has become an interest among consumers. A carbon footprint is used as an indicator in evaluating the emissions of greenhouse gases of print products. In the following article, results from two case studies define the carbon footprint of a Finnish daily newspaper and weekly magazine throughout their entire life cycle. The significance of the carbon footprint results during the print product's life cycle is discussed. Energy needed in the pulp, paper and printing processes creates the main part of the emissions. Furthermore, transporting the product to the customer and the end-of-life phase contribute to the total result as calculated from cradle to grave. However, current methodology involves open questions and, e.g. landfill data estimations introduce variation. The calculations provide a baseline against which the development can be measured and communicated. The total carbon footprint should be expressed as a range of values rather than as a single figure.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLife Cycle Assessment of Products and Technologies
Subtitle of host publicationLCA Symposium
PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Pages55-65
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)978-951-38-7586-2
ISBN (Print)978-951-38-7585-5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009
MoE publication typeB3 Non-refereed article in conference proceedings
EventSymposium on Life Cycle Assessment of Products and Technologies, LCA - Espoo, Finland
Duration: 6 Oct 20096 Oct 2009

Publication series

NameVTT Symposium
PublisherVTT
Number262
ISSN (Print)0357-9387
ISSN (Electronic)1455-0873

Conference

ConferenceSymposium on Life Cycle Assessment of Products and Technologies, LCA
CountryFinland
CityEspoo
Period6/10/096/10/09

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Carbon footprint
Life cycle
Land fill
Greenhouse gases
Climate change
Pulp
Printing

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Nors, M., Pajula, T., & Pihkola, H. (2009). Calculating the carbon footprints of a Finnish newspaper and magazine from cradle to grave. In Life Cycle Assessment of Products and Technologies: LCA Symposium (pp. 55-65). VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. VTT Symposium, No. 262
Nors, Minna ; Pajula, Tiina ; Pihkola, Hanna. / Calculating the carbon footprints of a Finnish newspaper and magazine from cradle to grave. Life Cycle Assessment of Products and Technologies: LCA Symposium. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, 2009. pp. 55-65 (VTT Symposium; No. 262).
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Nors, M, Pajula, T & Pihkola, H 2009, Calculating the carbon footprints of a Finnish newspaper and magazine from cradle to grave. in Life Cycle Assessment of Products and Technologies: LCA Symposium. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, VTT Symposium, no. 262, pp. 55-65, Symposium on Life Cycle Assessment of Products and Technologies, LCA, Espoo, Finland, 6/10/09.

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Life Cycle Assessment of Products and Technologies: LCA Symposium. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, 2009. p. 55-65 (VTT Symposium; No. 262).

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Nors M, Pajula T, Pihkola H. Calculating the carbon footprints of a Finnish newspaper and magazine from cradle to grave. In Life Cycle Assessment of Products and Technologies: LCA Symposium. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. 2009. p. 55-65. (VTT Symposium; No. 262).