From: Gary Jones (email@example.com)
Date:: Sun, 31 Mar 2002 23:40:24
In response to your question about CO2 emissions, I would have to say in my opinion that the printing industry as a whole is not a significant emitter of CO2. To the best of my knowledge, there has not been a formal study performed on the industry that would reveal a definitive answer to your question.
The vast majority of printers are only going to be burning a small amount of fossil fuels for building heat and hot water. The small percentage of printers of larger printers will also burn fossil fuels for dryers, control devices, bindery equipment (mainly adhesive application), boilers, and backup generators. While this list isn't exhaustive, it should represent most printers.
In considering the firing rates for the additional sources of fossil fuel combustion, they are not usually large, which means they are not going to consume large quantities of fossil fuels. Large quantities are, of course, a relative term.
Since printers consume electricity, they are indirect contributors to the CO2 emissions. However, energy efficiency projects will reduce demand and save money. We have a few factsheets on PNEAC and EPA has a good bit of resources on the topic.