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In this article, Oxford University Press (OUP) talks about the environmental impact of both print and digital publishing and discusses how they are making print publishing more sustainable.


The three sustainability targets that OUP is aiming to achieve by 2025 are:

1. Carbon neutrality from operations

2. 100% certified sustainable paper

3. Zero waste to landfill


Learn more about OUP approaches in the full article.




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colourful books on bookshelves

In response to the many sustainability challenges across the book publishing supply chain, the Australian Publishers Association (APA) has identified alternative materials and shared some best practices aimed at making books as sustainable and durable as possible.


In this resource, they delve into:

  • Design Considerations

  • Paper

  • Other Materials

  • Printing & Print Runs


The APA believes that by exploring innovative materials and adopting eco-friendly techniques, the industry can mitigate its impact on the environment while striving for durability and longevity in book production.



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Updated: Feb 2


view of green trees in a forest from above

The EU's Deforestation Regulation (EUDR) has been effective since June 29, 2023, and concerns book publishers because it involves those trading in various commodities, including wood-derived products such as print books. For those engaged in the EU market it is important to be aware of these regulations.

 

Some EUDR highlights include::

  • The EUDR encompasses seven key commodities and their derived products and includes printed books.

  • Market Restrictions starting December 30, 2024, or June 30, 2025 (for micro/small businesses), products must meet deforestation-free criteria to access or export from the EU.

  • Companies placing products in the EU market must provide due diligence statements affirming that products are deforestation-free and legal (according to the laws of the country of origin).


Here are some articles that we at GBA found informative:

from the Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry


from White & Case Global Law Firm


from the Forest Stewardship Council


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