SGP certified printers continue to show compelling results

Significantly reduced water and energy consumption

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SGP certified printers continue to show compelling results

The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), North America’s authority in sustainable printing certifications, recently announced that the data collected through its SGP Impact Tracker demonstrate continuous improvements to sustainability indicators generated by SGP certified printers. Data shows the print community significantly reduced water and energy consumption, carbon footprint, and waste produced.

The SGP Impact Tracker helps SGP certified printers monitor sustainability performance over time and benchmark efforts against an aggregate of other facilities. Since its launch in 2018, the SGP Impact Tracker has been compiling data, including historical data, to gauge the performance of SGP’s print community’s various sustainability efforts over time.

Currently, there are more than 50 SGP certified printers accounting for more than 9 million square feet of facility space. With SGP’s certification program emphasis on continuous improvement, on average, SGP certified facilities reduced electricity consumption by 60 percent; water use by 52 percent; carbon footprint by 63 percent; and solid waste from 76 percent to 83 percent.

These accomplishments mean monetary savings for SGP printers as well as substantial reductions in environmental impacts. A 90,000 square feet operation saves $26,000 per year for energy and water when compared to a 2010 baseline. The average annual greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions for SGP certified printers is said to be equivalent to planting about 2,700 trees and letting them grow for ten years.

“What is most exciting is the number of SGP certified printers is projected to double in the next year. Because of the support of print buyers, the demands of consumers, and the desire for printers to have more efficient and sustainable operations, SGP is experiencing the biggest growth period of its history,” said Doreen Monteleone, SGP treasurer, and Flexographic Technical Association representative. “Our results are truly exciting and testify to the commitment of our certified printers to create a more sustainable future.”

The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) is the only certification organization promoting sustainability in all printing processes throughout the United States and Canada. SGP promotes a sustainable print supply chain through best practices, innovation, information sharing and validation. The SGP program encompasses the three pillars of sustainability – people, planet, and profit. SGP partners include 3M, FLEXcon, Cooley/Group, Laird Plastics, Piedmont Plastics, Sun Chemical, REI, ANN, BrandKey Graphics, Snowball Print Marketing, InnerWorkings, major printing organizations, academic institutions, and other leading companies.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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