Challenges in carbon footprint calculation and interpretation - Case Magazine

Tiina Pajula, Hanna Pihkola, Minna Nors

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    Carbon footprint has become a key element in evaluating the emissions of greenhouse gases related to manufacturing of print products. The study defines carbon footprint of a Finnish weekly magazine and discusses the significance of the results and ways to diminish greenhouse gas emissions occurred during the product's life cycle. Energy needed in the pulp, paper and printing processes creates the main part of the emissions. Furthermore, transporting the product to customer becomes a remarkable contributor. However, current methodology involves open questions and e.g. landfill data estimations bring in great variation. The calculations provide a baseline against which the development can be measured and communicated. Lots of emphasis should be given on the communication of the results and the carbon footprint should be expressed as a range of values rather than as a single figure.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAdvances in printing and media technology
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 36th International Research Conference of IARIGAI
    EditorsNils Enlund, Mladen Lovrecek
    PublisherIARIGAI - International Association of Research Organizations for the Printing, Information and Communication Industries
    ISBN (Print)978-3-9812-7041-0
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    Event36th International Research Conference of IARIGAI: Advances in printing and media technology - Stockholm, Sweden
    Duration: 13 Sept 200916 Sept 2009


    Conference36th International Research Conference of IARIGAI


    • carbon footprint
    • life-cycle assessment (LCA)
    • printing technology
    • environmental impact


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