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Environmental data on gravure and offset printing
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Media Technology and Graphic Arts, Media (closed 20111231).
2006 (English)In: Acta Graphica, ISSN 0353-4707, E-ISSN 1848-3828, Vol. 18, no 1-4, 1-10 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper presents environmental data relating to gravure and offset printing. It focuses on theprinting steps in the production chain of publication printed products. The other steps in the life-cycleof printed products have also been studied but they are not the subjects of this paper.The study is based on case studies, where almost twenty gravure printers and ten offset printers fromaround Europe and the United States have been involved.The general, significant environmental aspects of publication printed products have been identified as thefollowing; use of paper, use of energy, consumption (loss) of volatile organic compounds (VOC), includingtoluene, hazardous waste and environmental management. Transport has also been identified as asignificant environmental aspect for printed products but, to a great extent, its magnitude depends on theparticular product. The data collected from printers in different parts of the world were compared toenvironmental data provided by offset printers in Sweden, which were mainly taken from coldset printers.This paper presents significant environmental data for a fairly large number of companies representing aconsiderable part of the printing capacity, not only in Europe but also worldwide. These data canprovide guidance for both printers and buyers of printed products working to achieve continualimprovements and striving towards more environmentally adapted printed products. To some extent,the data can also be used as reference values, since there are few compilations of data providing ageneral coverage of printers in different parts of the world.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 18, no 1-4, 1-10 p.
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics Other Environmental Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-6346OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-6346DiVA: diva2:11033
Note

QC 20110124

Available from: 2006-11-14 Created: 2006-11-14 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically 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.
Series
TRITA-CSC-A, ISSN 1653-5723 ; 2006:19
Keyword
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
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-4169 (URN)91-7178-476-4 (ISBN)
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2006-11-24, Sal F3, KTH, Lindstedtsvägen 26, Stockholm, 13:30
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QC 20110124

Available from: 2006-11-14 Created: 2006-11-14 Last updated: 2016-12-21Bibliographically approved

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