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Environmental indicators in the newspaper industry
2003 (English)In: Acta Graphica, ISSN 0353-4707, Vol. 15, no 3-4, 105-115 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Environmental indicators promote the eco-efficient development of companies, as demonstrated in earlier study. This study builds on a previously developed model and inventory tools for industry specific environmental indicators for the graphic arts industry.This study is based on case studies from 14 newspaper companies with experience of the use of theseindustry-specific environmental indicators in actual production.This paper presents data on industry-specific environmental indicators for the newspaper industry.The data describes the average situation and the range of values for the indicators in 14 environmentally aware newspaper companies in Sweden in 2001. The data is also grouped so as toillustrate average values for various classes:Newspaper companies with printing facilities. Newspaper companies with no printing facilities. Newspaper printing companies.In addition, a preliminary comparison has been carried out using equivalent data for the commercial printing industry.The indicators calculated for each specific company, together with average values for these indicators, have been used to identify areas for action for the various companies and to formulate action plans. The aim of this is to promote more eco-efficient activities. The study also summarizes measures already implemented at the various companies.The use of indicators within these companies has been linked with the current and predicted futureeed to communicate environmental issues. Financial and social aspects have been considered to alimited extent in the study in order to put forward the concept of sustainable development in the newspaper industry in Sweden.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2003. Vol. 15, no 3-4, 105-115 p.
Keyword [en]
Energy saving, Environmental indicators, Hazardous materials, Newspaper industry, VOC emission
National Category
Other Environmental Engineering Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-6345OAI: diva2:11032

QC 20110124

Available from: 2006-11-14 Created: 2006-11-14 Last updated: 2013-05-03Bibliographically approved
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1. Developing tools for sustainability management in the graphic arts industry
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Developing tools for sustainability management in the graphic arts industry
2006 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

The main aim of this thesis is to develop and test industry-specific, applied work procedures and tools for environmental and emerging sustainability work in the graphic arts industry. This includes methods to quantify, follow-up, evaluate, manage, improve and communicate the environmental performance of activities in the graphic arts supply chain and printed products.

In order to achieve the aims of the thesis, a selection of work areas were chosen as the basis for developing the industry-specific work procedures and tools. The selected work areas are the following: environmental management (being a part of sustainability management), environmental and sustainability strategies, environmental indicators and design for environment (DfE).

The research presented in this thesis was based on survey research methods, case studies and multi-company studies. Within the framework of these methods, quantitative and qualitative techniques for data gathering were used. The companies included in the studies were selected according to their willingness, interest and motivation to participate and develop their environmental or sustainability work.

The most significant results of the research presented in this thesis regarding the selected work areas are the following:

• An evaluation of early certified environmental management systems (EMSs) in Sweden identified four areas as priorities in making the EMSs more efficient. Two of them, viz. improvement in the follow-up of environmental work, and the linking of EMSs to product design, were developed for the graphic arts industry. The remaining two areas were clarifying the identification process and assessment of environmental aspects, and streamlining and co-ordinating different management systems.

• An established and successfully tested working method for formulating and realising corporate sustainability strategies in the graphic arts industry.

• Industry-specific environmental indicator models for the graphic arts industry with defined methods for standardised inventorying and calculations. These models have been tested, used and approved of by the industry itself.

• Collected and compiled data for the developed environmental indicator models. Data have been collected from quite a large number of companies (10-20 companies for each of the printing techniques covered, i.e. coldset offset, heatset offset and gravure) over a period of several years.

• The use of the industry-specific environmental indicator models was developed and illustrated.

• A described and recommended work procedure for DfE in graphic arts companies including industry-specific tools for applying DfE to printed products, in the form of a manual and a checklist. The checklist was designed so that it can serve as a simple tool for the environmental assessment of printed products. The tools were tested by graphic arts companies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH, 2006. 131 p.
Trita-CSC-A, ISSN 1653-5723 ; 2006:19
graphic arts industry, printing industry, environmental management, sustainability strategy, environmental indicators, design for environment, eco-design.
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics Other Environmental Engineering
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-4169 (URN)91-7178-476-4 (ISBN)
Public defence
2006-11-24, Sal F3, KTH, Lindstedtsvägen 26, Stockholm, 13:30
QC 20110124Available from: 2006-11-14 Created: 2006-11-14 Last updated: 2011-01-24Bibliographically approved

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