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A new research report on the environmental impact of printing plates has been released by J Zarwan Partners.
The report focuses on the four main areas where plates can have an environmental impact - chemistry, energy, water and waste, according to online media.
It also highlights the environmental impact of different categories of prints as well as the various resources used by each.
J Zarwan Partners is a media consulting firm based in Canada.
Its president and author of the report, John Zarwan reportedly said: “ While environmental considerations are only one factor in the choice of a plate, it is important to be aware of the differences and the amount of chemistry and other waste involved.
“Even if the result is not a change in plates used, the printer can improve on (a heightened) awareness of the processes and make improvements (to their business).”
He went on to say that virtually all plates worked “well in the correct application”.
“No single solution is appropriate for every printer. “Plates have different characteristics on press, different run length capabilities and are not suitable for all applications,” said Zarwan.
Plates that were included in the study are conventional plates, Agfa (energy elite), Fujifilm (Brillia HD LH-PJ/PL), Kodak (Sword Excel and Electra) as well as Violet Agfa Lithostar Ultra LAP-V.
Fujifilm and Kodak have since supported the initiative, with both echoing similar sentiments in terms of the significance of the report.
Kodak Graphics Communications group director for current solutions in commercial and publishing, Kevin Cazabon said: “A study which looks at the key technologies and plates on the market from a purely environmental point of view is critical for printers to achieve the necessary awareness.
“This helps them to make the informed choice when striving to be a ‘greener’ printer.”
The report is available on www.johnzarwan.com and is free of charge.