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Updated: Jul 14

Publisher Weekly's LBF Daily from April 19th had some sustainability news that mentioned the Green Book Alliance and the winner of the Sustainability Initiative Award.


BookNet Canada's April Podcast features an interview with Brian O'Leary from BISG on the work that Green Book Alliance is doing. It also features interviews with two publishers, making their operations greener.


BIC has recently released its BIC's Designed for Recycling Project Part 1 – Life Cycle Assessment report.

"The purpose of this project was to assess the recycling and waste programs that are used in the book industry and report on the materials being disposed of vs recycled, the carbon footprint impact of books etc."


After lengthy consultations with publishers and printers in Canada, the UK and the US, we are happy to make our Printer-Publisher Sustainability Checklist available. The checklist can be viewed online and downloaded from the GBA website.

The checklist aims to help foster discussions between publishers and printers around environmental sustainability in manufacturing books. The checklist was produced in a Q&A format to represent sustainability questions that publishers are asking of printers and how printers might answer those questions.

A special thanks to all the publishers and printers that participated in developing this checklist.


On January 12th, 2023, The Green Book Alliance held a webinar introducing Scope 1, 2, and 3 Greenhouse Gas Emissions as part of its Sustainability Series. A recording and presentation slides are available below.

As the book publishing industry works to embrace sustainability and manage 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 and measure its greenhouse gas emissions. But what emissions do various companies control, and how do we measure 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 sustainability journeys.

Panellists included:

Courtney Ward-Hunting (Senior Sustainability Production Manager), Penguin Random House U.K.

Liam Conway, Vice President Advisory Services, carbonzero, Canada

Liam Conway's slides

Courtney Ward-Hunting's slides

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