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Flexo Sustainable : Fall 2011
Air Travel: CO2 emissions in air travel vary by length of flight, ranging from 0.24 kg CO2 per passenger mile for short flights down to 0.18 kg CO2 per passenger mile for long flights. (Source: U.S. EPA Climate Leaders, http://www.epa. gov/climateleaders/documents/resources/commute_travel_ product.pdf) Rail Travel: The CO2 emissions for rail travel vary by distance of the trip. On average, commuter rail and subway trains (< 20 miles) emit 0.35 lbs CO2 per passenger mile (or 0.16 kg per mile), and long distance trains (>20 miles) emit 0.42 lbs CO2 per passenger mile (0.19 kg per mile). Transportation conditions vary in real life beyond what can be estimated. To ensure that rail calculations fully cover a trip, add 10 percent to the total mileage of the trip to account for potential detours, stops, and other issues. (Source: World Resources Institute, http://www.wri.org) Bus Travel: The CO2 emissions associated with bus travel vary by distance of trip. Inner city commuting buses (< 20 miles) emit 0.66 lbs CO2 per passenger mile (0.30 kg per mile), and long distance bus trips (>20 miles) emit 0.18 lbs CO2 per passenger mile (0.08 kg per mile). Road and transportation conditions vary in real life beyond what can be estimated. To ensure that calculation fully covers a trip, add 10 percent to the total mileage of the trip to account for potential traffic jams, detours, and pit-stops that may arise. (Source: World Resources Institute, http://www.wri.org) Hotel Rooms: Emissions associated with a one night stay in a hotel room are calculated at 29.53 kg CO2 per room day for an average hotel. For upscale hotels, emissions are calculated at 33.38 kg CO2 per room day (Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, http://www.epa.gov/chp/ documents/hotel_casino_analysis.pdf) Meals: The average person's diet contributes 2,920 kilograms CO2e to the atmosphere each year. By dividing by 365, it is deduced that a person emits, on average, 8 kg CO2e a day from their meals. This calculation is based on an average US, non-vegetarian diet. The emissions for food preparation are not included in this calculation. (Source: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, http://www.jhsph.edu/ bin/g/w/kim_neff_carbon_calculators.pdf) WRAP UP A recent FTA survey showed that 40 percent of customers were requiring flexographic printers to have a sustainability program and nearly 30 percent of flexographers were al- ready calculating their carbon footprint (see FLEXO Maga- zine, April 2011). With nearly 60 percent stating that the trend to become more sustainable was increasing, flexo printers need to take action. And, there is a real possibility that carbon footprinting and reduction of carbon emissions may become regulatory requirements for printers someday. Be proactive and prepared. This article has provided the most current technical infor- mation to calculate the carbon footprint a flexo facility. As this information will most likely expand and change, it is impor- tant to research the most current conversions. For example, eGrid conversions to determine the carbon emissions from purchased electricity change annually, but updates will be available online. There are quite a few online calculators that can be used to at least calculate portions of a facility 's carbon footprint. For other calculations, spreadsheets can be created. Docu- ment the sources of the conversions and each element of the inventory. If you're using online calculators document that as well. 1Editor's Note: This article was developed as a joint effort of the FTA Sustainability Committee. For additional information, contact Doreen Monteleone, FTA director of EHS, member- ship & special projects at firstname.lastname@example.org. For examples of calculations, based on information contained in the charts presented here, see FLEXO's August, September, October and November editions. All are available online at www.flexography.org. The Greenhouse Gas Protocol. 2004. A Corporate Accounting and Reporting Protocol, Revised Edition Flint Group Introduces BioCure FTM: RenewableUV Ink System MINNEAPOLIS, MN--BioCure FTM is an ink system developed with bio-renewable raw materials that also maintain key prop- erties available in other state-of-the-art UV Flexo ink systems. "We have been asked by leading converters, who in turn have been asked by consumer product companies, to develop a UV Flexo ink that rivals robust UV Flexo technology but that is also developed with bio-renewable materials" says Tom Hammer, product manager Flint Group Narrow Web. "We feel that BioCure FTM shows Flint Group's ongoing commitment to develop greener, more sustainable products to help support the market's environmental requirements." It offers benefits such as: high productivity, cost savings, inventory reduction, longer run times and sustainable solutions. BioCure F is available in 4-color process and Pantone shades to enable a fully sustainable print for any graphic design. Jen- nifer Joyce, global product director, Flint Group states, "BioCure F is the next generation in UV Flexo technology.Technical performance is excellent with the added benefit of the renewable resin technology. As a global responsible supplier we have full awareness of local regulations and are proud to provide a fully approved sustainable ink solution to our valued customers around the world." www.flexography.org FALL 2011 Sustainable FLEXO 15
Spring Summer 2009
Year End 2011