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As the book publishing industry works to embrace sustainability and manage down its carbon footprint, most companies are learning first-hand about how their emissions contribute to their unique carbon footprint. To reduce an organization’s carbon footprint and impact climate change, each firm must understand, then measure its greenhouse gas emissions. But what emissions do various companies control, and how do we measure emissions when responsibility may reside somewhere else in the supply chain?

The Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol) divides emissions into three scopes: Scope 1 emissions (direct emissions from sources owned or controlled by a company); Scope 2 emissions (indirect emissions from purchased electricity, steam, heat, and cooling); and Scope 3 emissions (all other emissions associated with a company’s activities). In this webinar, a panel of sustainability veterans will discuss the three scopes, explain where to look and how to estimate emissions, and share stories of their own sustainability journeys.

This webinar is brought to you by the Green Book Alliance, a cooperative effort of Book Industry Communication, BookNet Canada, and the Book Industry Study Group.



​Courtney Ward-Hunting (Senior Sustainability Production Manager): A CSR professional with several years of experience of working in sustainability and human rights within the supply chain. Courtney has worked across several different industries, including fashion, beauty and publishing. At Penguin Random House UK, Courtney is responsible for developing their sustainability strategy, with a key focus on accounting for and mitigating carbon emissions, researching more sustainable materialls, and ensuring fair labour standards are met within the supply chain.

Liam Conway has held various roles with Carbonzero since 2012 and became the company’s Vice President, Advisory Services & COO in July, 2020. As the lead on the Advisory Services team, Liam has oversight for Carbonzero’s client deliverables, which range from greenhouse gas emissions inventories to the design and delivery of sustainability employee engagement programs. Liam works closely with Carbonzero’s other partners to set the strategic direction of the company and identify opportunities for growth. Liam’s background in the sustainability and environmental consulting sector has included positions in carbon management, ESG research, non-profit program management, and most recently in healthcare. Working with a regional acute care health sciences centre in South-Eastern Ontario, Liam helped identify and implement projects that generated six-figure dollar savings across the energy and waste management portfolios of the organization. As an avid problem-solver and data enthusiast, Liam is particularly interested in working on complex corporate greenhouse gas inventories and sustainability projects. He also enjoys working with Carbonzero’s junior staff to support their learning and development opportunities. Liam has a Bachelor of Environmental Studies & Geomatics from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario as well as a Post-graduate certificate in Environmental Management & Assessment from Niagara College. Outside of the office, Liam enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife Katlynd and their dog, Beau.



  • Green Book Alliance

Companies are now facing a greater demand to report their environmental, social and governance propositions. In many countries this is becoming law that you have to do so. This article from McKinsey details how some companies have been doing that and what to focus on. Examples such as Walmart working together with its supply chain to reduce their overall carbon footprint, and other examples of collaboration. Also the article talks about sustainability changes companies have made that have increased their profits. All sectors, including the publishing industry as a whole could learn from this.

Click here to read 'How to make the ESG real'

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In collecting data for the first six months of this year for our 2022 edition of the Canadian Book Consumer Study, we’ve found that the environmental impact of the book industry matters to 56% of Canadians overall and specifically to 69% of Canadian book buyers and 66% of Canadian library book borrowers.

To get more specific, in surveying for our Canadian Leisure & Reading Study 2021, we asked Canadian print readers what they thought of three environment-focused statements about the print book

  1. I want books to be made from sustainably-sourced paper.

  2. I want to know where books are printed or shipped from.

  3. I want my books delivered in ecological-friendly packaging.

For the most part, Canadian print readers agreed or sometimes agreed with each of these statements, as shown in the graph below.

Please head to the BookNet Canada blog to learn whether the environmental impact of the book industry matters to Canadian readers.