The Forest Stewardship Council is the only certification system that requires a consensus solution when conflicts arise between logging companies and indigenous communities.

More than 140 publishers, including many of the world’s largest, have strong environmental policies.

When the goals set forth in the Book Industry Treatise on Responsible paper use are realized over 5 million trees will be preserved each year.

Each pound of postconsumer recycled fiber that replaces a ton of virgin fiber prevents the release of 2,108 lbs. of greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2006, an Opinion Research Corporation poll revealed that 80% of readers are willing to pay more for books printed on recycled and environmentally responsible paper.

Over the course of its lifecycle, postconsumer recycled fiber requires 30-40% less energy than virgin fiber.


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Solutions - Reducing Climate Impacts Associated with Office Energy Consumption

Many publisher, printers and mills have already taken significant steps to minimize their emissions of greenhouse gases, and offset some of those that do still occur. Case studies are available in the Toolkit for Reducing Climate Impacts.

Using paper with postconsumer waste can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions as it takes less energy to produce, conserves trees (which absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere), and prevents the release of methane (a very potent greenhouse gas) when the paper degrades in a landfill.

For some publishers, the greenhouse gas emissions associated with paper use are ten times greater than all other sources combined.

It is, however, possible to make significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions associated energy consumption at offices and other buildings. Using postconsumer recycled paper in printers, copiers and faxes, adjusting the thermostat, upgrading to energy efficient lighting, and adjusting settings on computers and other office equipment can result in significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and savings in energy costs.

While there are many opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy use, it is impossible to entirely eliminate them. Many companies have begun to purchase renewable energy and offsets for the emissions they do create. The money used to purchase the offsets fund projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in another location thereby neutralizing the net impact of an equivalent quantity of emissions.

For detailed information about the impacts of the book and newspaper industries’ impacts on global warming, solutions to the problem, and case studies about steps publishers, and other industry stakeholders have taken to minimize climate impacts see the Toolkit for Reducing Climate Impacts.

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