Impress Print Services becomes the first publication printer to achieve The Planet Mark™ sustainability certification.

Sep 23, 2018 | News

By <a href="" target="_self">George Catchpole</a>

By George Catchpole

Marketing Manager

Impress Print Services, Surrey, has been awarded The Planet Mark™ Certificate for its commitment to achieving year-on-year progress on sustainability.

Impress Print Services specialises in eco-friendly print services and is celebrated as one of only a handful of Carbon Balanced Publication Printers in the country. The Planet Mark™ certification augments an impressive sustainability agenda held by Impress, underpinned by an ISO14001 accreditation, supporting the World Land Trust partnership and holding a Royal Warrant for print services to HM The Queen.

The Planet Mark™ Certificate was presented to Impress Print Services by Steve Malkin, founder of The Planet Mark™, at the Impress offices based in Surrey. Commenting on the award, Steve Malkin emphasised: “We are delighted that Impress has achieved The Planet Mark. They have consistently led the way in sustainable design and print enabling their customers to communicate effectively and in the most environmentally friendly way.”

This is Impress’ first year of business carbon footprint reporting with The Planet Mark™. This has entailed Impress measuring the carbon emissions of its operations for the year ending December 2017 and setting a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually.

Impress Print Services has achieved certification to The Planet MarkTM by showing continuing excellent practice in sustainability including::

  • Measuring carbon emissions from electricity, natural gas and fleet emissions
  • Committing to annual and ongoing carbon reduction targets
  • Engaging employees and suppliers to drive improvement
  • Storing 260 tonnes of CO2 by protecting one acre of endangered rainforest through the charity Cool Earth
  • Investing in the Eden Project to support education on climate change.

Upon receiving The Planet Mark™ certificate, Mike Kille, Managing Director of Impress Print Services, commented: “Measuring the whole company’s carbon footprint is an excellent way of focusing attention on what more could be done on many aspects of the business including logistical processes and use of energy.”

Impress, which was founded 25 years ago and employs more than 85 staff, is an innovative provider of print solutions with a strong commitment to high environmental standards. The company invests in cutting-edge technology that not only ensures exceptional print results but also helps to reduce waste, eliminate chemical compounds and reduce energy use.

About Impress Print Services

Impress Print Services Limited is one of the most highly regarded and well-established print and communications companies in the South East. With over 25 years’ experience Impress provides creative design, pre-press studio, lithographic, digital & large format print, finishing and mailing services.

Impress proudly holds the Royal Warrant by appointment to Her Royal Highness The Queen. Impress is certified as a Carbon Balanced Publication Printer, The Planet Mark™ and FSC® as well as holds accreditations for ISO 14001 Environmental Management, ISO 9001 Quality Management, ISO 27001 Data Security and work to ISO 12647 Colour Standard.

The Planet Mark™

The Planet Mark™ is an internationally recognised and trusted sustainability certification programme, recognising commitment to continuous improvement in sustainability. It is awarded to businesses, properties, new developments and projects that are committed to reducing their carbon emissions. Partnered with the Eden Project, The Planet Mark™ contributes 5% of all certification fees to the award-winning visitor attraction. Each certification also comes with 12 free tickets to Eden Project, encouraging organisations to learn more about climate change and the importance of biodiversity.

The first year certification to The Planet MarkTM is based on the commitment to continuous improvement in sustainability in its business operations by measuring and reducing its carbon footprint and engaging its stakeholders. In subsequent years, holders of The Planet Mark have a minimum requirement to reduce their carbon emissions by 2.5% per year. The average absolute carbon reduction achieved by holders is 4% per annum and 12% per employee per annum.

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