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Book Industry Environmental Council Sets Aggressive Climate Goals for U.S. Book Industry. April 16, 2009. Overview. Book Industry Environmental Council has set a goal of reducing book industry greenhouse gas emissions 20% by 2020 Intent of reducing emissions 80% by 2050

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book industry environmental council sets aggressive climate goals for u s book industry

Book Industry Environmental Council Sets Aggressive Climate Goals for U.S. Book Industry

April 16, 2009

overview
Overview
  • Book Industry Environmental Council has set a goal of reducing book industry greenhouse gas emissions 20% by 2020
  • Intent of reducing emissions 80% by 2050
  • When 2020 goal is achieved emissions will be reduced by approximately 2.5 million metric tons
  • Equivalent to removing 450,000 cars from the roads
about the biec
About the BIEC
  • More than 40 participating companies and organizations—approximately 60% of market share
  • Coordinated by Green Press Initiative and Book Industry Study Group
  • Currently focused on 3 priorities
      • Tracking industry’s environmental progress
      • Developing eco-label for publishers
      • Setting industry goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions
structure of the biec
Structure of the BIEC
  • Council previously chaired by Random House
  • Subcommittees for each of the 3 priorities
  • Subcommittees develop proposals which must be accepted by majority vote of full council
climate impacts of the u s book industry
Climate Impacts of the U.S. Book Industry
  • Book Industry responsible for 12.4 million metric tons of emissions each year
  • Paper is 4th largest industrial source of GHG emissions in the U.S.
  • Paper produces GHG emissions throughout its lifecycle
the biec climate goal
The BIEC Climate Goal
  • Industry-wide goal of a 20% reduction from 2006 levels by 2020
  • Equivalent to approximately 2.5 million metric tons of carbon*
  • Intent of reducing emissions 80% by 2050
  • Absolute goal: not dependent on sales, revenue, etc.

*Using figures from Environmental Trends and Climate Impacts: Findings from the U.S. Book Industry

why 20 by 2020
Why 20% by 2020?
  • Based on need and precedent
  • 20% by 2020/80% by 2050 is necessary to avoid the worst impacts of climate change at a societal level
  • Committee examined international, national, regional, local and corporate goals
  • Goal is both achievable and meaningful
getting to a 20 reduction
Getting to a 20% Reduction
  • Council felt that this goal was meaningful and achievable
  • Many possible paths to achieve goal
  • Will likely involve increasing the use of recycled paper, using paper more efficiently, reducing returns, and preventing books from entering landfills
getting to a 20 reduction1
Getting to a 20% Reduction
  • At 2006 sales levels, 20% reduction could be achieved by:
      • Reducing the portion of books returned from 25% to 20%
      • Increasing average PCW recycled content in books from 5% to 30% for all paper types
      • Reduce portion of books in landfills by 30%
      • Baseline could change depending on final decision regarding forest carbon accounting
why now
Why Now?
  • Credibility with customers and consumers
  • Meeting goal requires efficient use of resources which has additional environmental and economic benefits
  • New studies suggest immediate action is necessary to avoid worst consequences of climate change
  • Could inspire other industries to take similar action
  • Equivalent of removing 450,000 cars from the road each year
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