From FSC-approved papers and carbon capture to wind and solar power generation, from water-based inks to our delivery partners’ fully electric vans, AB’s focus on the environment has been a major part of our business strategy over recent years.
All our house stocks are FSC-approved and farmed through reponsible forest management and verification of recycled materials. This helps secure a long-term paper source and enables paper and printing industries to demonstrate their commitment to responsible forestry.
What is FSC?
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests. Since its foundation in 1994, it has grown to become the world’s most respected and widespread forest certification system.
The FSC now covers more than 200 million hectares of forest, enabling businesses and consumers to choose wood, paper and other forest products made with materials that support responsible forestry and farming.
Environmental issues are becoming increasingly important to organisations of all sizes, and a carbon reduction strategy often provides a commercial advantage. Here at AB Print Group, we can carbon capture any of our print. This means that the average amount of CO2 emitted from the manufacture and distribution of a tonne of paper has been calculated, and the calculation then verified by the Woodland Trust using Carbon Trust and DEFRA figures.
The CO2 is captured by the planting of trees in new, native woodland here in the UK through the Woodland Trust’s Government-backed Woodland Carbon Scheme.
The scheme operates under HM Government’s 2011 Woodland Carbon Code. The Woodland Trust’s aim is to protect and develop natural woodland throuhgout the UK, thereby protecting our natural heritage.
We recognise that producing electricity through wind energy and its efficient use contributes to sustainable development: it’s zero emission, local, inexhaustible and reduces the use of fossil fuels. So in 2011 we took the decision to invest in wind power, and all the electricity generated by our on-site turbine is used in our factory.
We’ve also invested almost £100,000 in the installation of 250 solar panels on the roof of our factory. We anticipate generation of more than 30% of our annual electricity demand, and additional batteries are due to be installed to ensure that all energy generated is stored for use in our factory.
We do everything we can to recycle whatever we can from off-cuts to make-ready sheets, and we recycle all our aluminium printing plates, paper, card and plastics.
Our recycling partners process all waste in-house on their ‘reel splitter’ which allows them to divide waste efficiently. Also, any sensitive data or branded print waste can be destroyed securely before bailing and recycling. This ensures that minimal – if any – waste goes to landfill!
Also, to prevent unnecessary waste after delivery, we fit packaging to what’s in the box, keeping material to a minimum.