December 22, 2010


Toppan Printing Starts Environmental Impact Assessment Using LIME Method

Keywords: Chemicals Non-manufacturing industry 

Toppan Printing Co., a major printing company in Japan, announced on August 31, 2010, that it had begun a new environmental impact assessment from fiscal 2010 in cooperation with Tokyo City University. The assessment incorporates the Life-cycle Impact assessment Method based on Endpoint modeling (LIME) method, which opens the way to a comprehensive assessment of the environmental impact of energy and resources use, and emissions associated with business activities. This is the first practice of its kind in the printing industry in Japan.

The new assessment shows that Toppan's environmental impact index was reduced to 88.3 in fiscal 2009 from 100 in fiscal 2006. This is attributed notably to the introduction of solvent processing and recovery equipment, which led to a 14.5 percent reduction in environmental impact due to photochemical oxidant emissions from resolvent between fiscal 2006 and 2009.

Differing from conventional assessment methods, the LIME method comprehensively grasps and determines impacts on various things such as health and biodiversity. By giving integrated weighting on past environmental measures, the method enables each business segment to put a different emphasis on each business area to make measures to reduce environmental impact more effective.

Aiming to further reduce the environmental impact through the implementation of more effective measures, the company plans to use an index of environmental impact versus sales using fiscal 2006 as a benchmark, and to establish a new system that incorporates Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of products along with the LIME by the end of fiscal 2010.

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Posted: 2010/12/22 06:00:15 AM