Publishers have spent a long time considering the financial implications of moving from print to digital. But there’s also another important question to consider: what is the environmental impact of the switch?
A new SFN report is being put together, which will examine this issue in detail. The project will present summaries of six studies into the environmental impact of different news channels, and will address difficulties in the ways that these impacts are measured.
Featuring tables, illustrations and graphs, the report will compare the carbon footprint generated by various means of publishing, and will also look into the environmental effect of business meetings at publishing companies. The project is being conducted in cooperation with WAN-IFRA’s Growing Green initiative, which promotes and investigates environmentally friendly publishing practices.
The report will be edited by Malin Picha, who worked as editor for various magazines and newspapers in Sweden, before becoming a project manager at the Swedish Media Publishers’ Association. After first researching the development of electronic paper and e-readers in Sweden, Picha later shifted her focus to more environmental projects. She is currently writing her licentiate thesis in media technology with focus on environmental impacts.