Evaluating environmental sustainability of digital printing

Merja Kariniemi, Minna Nors, Marjukka Kujanpää, Tiina Pajula, Hanna Pihkola

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    Abstract

    Concern about climate change and the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has created pressures also for the digital printing industry. The previously published papers are based on assumptions of energy consumption on the press and during the pre and post press operations. We have collected the material flow and measured the energy consumption on different electrophotography printing presses from several Finnish printing houses. This enables us to present the results in reliable way. This paper will focus on new, unpublished, results of the life cycle assessment case made for a 4-colour photo book printed with production scale electrophotography. The life cycle is studied from cradle to the customer, starting from the forest and covering the paper manufacturing, printing and distribution to customer. The life cycle inventory (LCI) phase results are concerning the main emissions to air and water. The impact assessment phase was left out. Furthermore, the carbon footprint information was seen important to evaluate properly. The results are presented in a form to highlight the points were different actors in the value chain can affect the overall environmental load of the final product. The aim of this paper is also to provide guidance on improved environmental performance, focusing especially on energy and material efficiency in the printing phase.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication26th International Conference on Digital Printing Technologies, NIP26 and Digital Fabrication 2010, DF 2010
    Subtitle of host publicationTechnical Programs and Proceedings
    Pages92-96
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    Event26th International Conference on Digital Printing Technologies, NIP26 and 6th International Conference on Digital Fabrication 2010, DF 2010 - Austin, TX, United States
    Duration: 19 Sep 201023 Sep 2010

    Conference

    Conference26th International Conference on Digital Printing Technologies, NIP26 and 6th International Conference on Digital Fabrication 2010, DF 2010
    CountryUnited States
    CityAustin, TX
    Period19/09/1023/09/10

    Keywords

    • climate change
    • electrophotography printing
    • environmental sustainability
    • carbon footprint

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