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Sustainable Publishing - New environmental standards for the publishing industry

About 950 million books are produced each year in Germany. Books, magazines and newspapers today are manufactured in industrial processes causing large quantities of emissions, effluents and waste. At the same time the industry has an important intermediary function for communication and spreading of environmental and sustainability issues: important topics such as climate change or sustainable consumption are transmitted into society by print media. Pioneers in this branch take this as a great opportunity: they are increasingly looking for a more sustainable way to produce books and magazines.


The project identifies existing environmental protection standards and practical approaches in the publishing and printing industry. Based on this analysis, new standards will be developed to provide easy decision criteria and concrete ways to implement environmental protection measures in the printing process. A workshop with experts from the publishing and printing sector will be offered to discuss and evaluate the new standards.


Further information:

IÖW Project Team