Keen to be Green

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Our commitment to sustainability and the environment

At RR Donnelley, we’re proud of our record of improving our clients’ environmental performance as well as our own. It’s just part of an ongoing commitment to the communities within which we conduct our business.

Naturally, our 130 sites worldwide are committed to using paper that originates from sustainable, responsibly managed resources. But what you may not know is that in the UK, 95% of our potential landfill waste is recycled or reused.

Across all our operational sites, we’re improving energy efficiency by an average of 5% each year. And through our efforts to reduce carbon emissions, we’re ranked in the top 4% in the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) performance league table.

Our inks, toners, glues and other consumables are recyclable, and we’re always exploring ways to substitute even more sustainable materials.

Today, more than ever before, we’re working directly with clients on environmental initiatives, and helping them shape policies and strategies.

It all adds up to an integrated approach that’s not only good for the environment, it’s cost effective too.

Integrated sustainability initiatives

We are committed to reducing the quantity of emissions, developing opportunities for recycling and pollution prevention, and using paper, energy and other resources more efficiently.

However, by integrating our sustainability initiatives across all of our worldwide operations, we can improve our environmental performance even more — and ensure greater cost efficiencies for our clients.

For example, we recycle over 95% of all UK waste and 100% of production waste, and we have recently adopted new digital print technology that is 70% more efficient and will reduce CO2 emissions by 92 tonnes over five years.

Many of our UK printing sites are certified under programmes to promote the sustainable use of timber (FSC, SFI, PEFC), while the automated metering of all gas and electric supplies helps reduce usage and, in turn, carbon emissions.

Sound environmental management is reflected by ISO 14001 certification at a majority of our locations, and by the implementation of ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems at our main UK facilities.

How we are doing

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Carbon emissions (tonnes)* 7826 6835 6774 6721 5503
Annual reduction from gas and electricity 2.1% 12.7% 0.9% 0.8% 18.1%

* UK and Ireland

How RR Donnelley is recognised for efficient energy use

  • ISO 50001:2011 — Six UK sites are certified under the Standard for Energy Management Systems, ensuring continual improvement in energy monitoring and efficient energy use across the business
  • ISO 14001:2004 — RR Donnelley’s UK sites are certified under the International Standard for Environmental Management Systems
  • We are compliant with UK energy legislation — Carbon Reduction Commitment Regulations (CRC) and the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme Regulations 2014 (ESOS)

The importance of environmental reviews

We conduct reviews across every area of our business — including energy management, water management, the use of ozone-depleting chemicals, the office environment, purchasing, recycling and transport.

But reviews are only the start: we promote the use of recycled or recyclable materials wherever possible, source paper and other materials from renewable resources, and continually look for ways to reduce waste and energy consumption.

Green procurement standards — triple certified

Certifying authorities promote responsible forest management and continuous improvement in standards and practices, and allow our customers to produce their printed products on certified paper bearing the respective logo.

  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
  • Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)
  • Programme for the Endorsement of Forestry Certification (PEFC)

Waste reduction and recycling

Five of our UK facilities send all landfill waste to a materials recovery facility. Here, even material that can’t be recycled is not wasted — it’s incinerated to generate heat or electricity.

How we work with suppliers

We promote FSC, PEFC and ISO14001 qualification throughout the preferred supplier network. We operate a self-assessment and audit scheme to check that suppliers comply with our policies. More than 95% of preferred suppliers and 85% of Level 2 suppliers are currently certified.

How innovation is reducing our carbon footprint

With better colour representation and consistency than traditional dye-based inks, our innovative pigment ink means we can offer clients a high speed, digital print service that’s every bit as good as commercial print. But it doesn’t stop there… we’re also committed to improving our new high-speed digital print technology to be ever more productive and energy efficient.

The benefits of digital printing

  • Replacing pre-printed monochrome transactional documents with a white-paper solution can reduce paper waste by as much as 40%
  • Printing personalised trans-promo messages onto transactional documents reduces the cost of printing and posting direct mail
  • Consolidating mail into a single envelope reduces transportation costs, energy consumption and environmental impact.

Did you know?

By upgrading print technology at our Barnwood and Tewkesbury facilities, we forecast annual savings of 188 tonnes of CO2.

Lighting the way with LED sky tiles

We are rolling out a programme to replace fluorescent tube lighting with longer-lasting LED sky tiles — with estimated annual CO2 savings of 173.16 tonnes.

Future projects to support our green credentials

We are conducting feasibility studies into voltage optimisation — the controlled reduction of supply voltages to a lower level within the statutory supply range (230V ±10%) in order to reduce consumption. We are also looking at installing photovoltaic panels for energy production at several of our facilities