Suppliers Go Green
Sustainability is playing a big part in the decisions of many of the industry's major suppliers of equipment and software.March 2009
Sustainability starts at the corporate level. Several vendors are taking steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, use alternative energy sources, recycle and more.
Epson stresses energy savings and efficiency, preservation of resources, elimination of harmful substances and recyclability. The company strives to create products that are energy efficient, reliable and recyclable. Many Epson products carry the Energy Star logo, which is assurance that the product adheres to stringent, government-direct criteria for energy efficiency. In addition, Epson is extending producer responsibility by building optimum recovery/recycling systems that meet local regulations in each region in which products are manufactured and sold.
Fujifilm and Evelop, a division of Econcern (a sustainable energy solutions company), have signed a letter of intent to develop a corporate wind farm at Fujifilm’s plate manufacturing operation in the Netherlands. Once complete, the wind farm will produce between 15,000 and 24,000 megawatt hours of energy per year, enough to provide up to 20 percent of the energy needed to power Fuji-film’s production plant there. The project reflects Fujifilm’s continuing commitment to the environment and drive to reduce its carbon footprint.
Sustainability is a key concept for Heidelberg. Planning, design and manufacturing processes are set up to minimize the environmental footprint. From 2004 to 2008 the energy used per metric-ton output was reduced by 40 percent. The overall recycling rate was 94 percent in 2008. Heidelberg products can reduce the environmental footprint of a print shop (e.g. reducing waste, energy consumption and other emissions across the whole offset production chain). Heidelberg works closely with industry associations to ensure sustainable processes and supports initiatives such as the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership.
Kodak has a long-standing commitment to sustainability for its customers, communities and employees. Over the past five years, Kodak has achieved a 36 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and energy usage. In recognition of its sustainability program, Kodak earned a place on the FTSE Good Index listing of socially responsible companies for more than five years. In addition, Kodak has established voluntary partnerships with leading sustainability organizations, such as Business Roundtable’s S.E.E. (Social, Environmental, Economic) Change Initiative and the Global Environmental Management Initiative.
The manufacturing process used to produce Presstek’s DI ProFire Digital Media uses a vacuum metallization process, which eliminates water usage, thus conserving water and halting wastewater disposal. Presstek also recycles unused polyester. In 2007, 119,746 pounds of polyester was repurposed and kept out of landfills.