Sustainability in Publishing

Sustainability Taskforce

Our Sustainability Taskforce was established in February 2020. Meetings are quarterly and chaired by Helen Griggs, Global Director Environment, Procurement & Supply at Cambridge University Press & Assessment. Meetings are discussion-based forums to drive forward key projects as well as to hear from guest speakers.

Any member of the Publishers Association can apply to join the group. If you would like to find out more, please contact Susan.

Publishing Declares

Publishing Declares is a declaration on behalf of the UK book and journal publishing industry to take urgent action on climate change. An initiative of the Publishers Association’s Sustainability Taskforce, the declaration was launched in October 2021 with 39 founding signatories.

All businesses operating in the UK book and journal publishing industry – including printers, booksellers, authors, illustrators, and other key actors in the supply chain – are encouraged to pledge their support for Publishing Declares.

How we’re helping publishers

We have engaged expert providers to deliver a range of specialised tools bespoke to UK book and journal publishers. Our members will have access to these tools and the accompanying guidance as part of their membership.

Carbon Calculator

As part of a suite of tools designed to support publishers in taking action on Publishing Declares, we have commissioned RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden) and software specialists Solstice to design the first and only carbon calculator that is bespoke to the UK book and journal publishing industry. Members of the Publishers Association will have free access to the tool when it is made available in Summer 2022.

Materials Matrix

Built into the carbon calculator, the materials matrix is an index of the most commonly used materials in the publishing supply chain and sustainable alternatives. Each material is assessed according to a set of key environmental and social indicators to assist those involved in the publishing design and production process in making more sustainable decisions. The tool will be released in Summer 2022 and will be free for members of the Publishers Association.