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Flexo Sustainable : Earth Day 2013
NEW TOOL FOR CALCULATING A PRINT FACILITY'S CARBON FOOTPRINT In collaboration with its Sustainability Committee and Printing Industries of America, FTA has developed an easy to use tool that helps guide printers through carbon footprinting calcula- tions. The tool is in the form of an Excel file with a series of spreadsheets that perform calculations which are integrated with conversion and summary sheets. It is free to FTA members. The file includes steps to determine Scope 1 and 2 emissions from a printing facility. The individual sheets encompass: • Instructions • EZ Form • Fuel Combustion • Ink Solvent Oxidation • Vehicles • Refrigerants • Electricity • Total Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions • eGrid Emissions Factors • Emissions Factors • Global Warming Potential (GWP) • Conversion Factors • Ink Solvent Reference • Notes For background material, view the award-winning series written by Doreen Monteleone which appeared in FLEXO Magazine in 2011. Calculating Your Facility 's Carbon Footprint Articles • First in a Series Documenting Plant Sustainability Perfor- mance • Scope 2 Indirect Emissions from Purchased Electricity • Scope 1 Direct Emissions • Scope 3 Indirect Emissions For more information about carbon footprinting or the new tool, contact Doreen M. Monteleone at dmonteleone@ flexography.org. FLEXIBLE PACKAGING: CONTRIBUTING TO SUSTAINABILITY In conjunction with the Earth Day 2013 (April 22), an international event that mobilizes people to take action to protect the Earth's environment, the Flexible Packaging Association has produced a presentation titled "Flexible Packaging: Contributing to Sustainability." Discussed in the presentation are the attributes of packaging, reasons why packaging matters, and how flexible packaging con- tributes to sustainability. Packaging reduces municipal solid waste by preserv- ing products; reduces the costs of virtually all products by reducing product damage and helps consumers make informed purchasing decisions. Packaging: • Delivers nutritious food and reduces food waste • Protects against product tampering • Provides convenience for product transportation • Reduces diseases by reducing spoilage Thanks to flexible packaging, the effects of food prepa- ration and distribution are significantly mitigated. Flexible packaging typically uses less energy and fewer materials. Flexible packaging creates less waste in the first place through source reduction. Source reduction is equivalent to minimal packaging -- use of the smallest amount of ma- terials possible to package a product. Flexible packaging represents only about 2 percent of municipal solid waste. 2 Sustainable FLEXO EARTH DAY 2013 www.flexomag.com