New Society Publishers Announces that it is Carbon Neutral
New Society Publishers, a publisher and press focusing on sustainability issues, has become the first publisher in North America to become "carbon neutral."
Becoming “carbon neutral”¯ is a new expression that is gathering momentum around the world. The 2006 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Australia, is planning to be carbon neutral, as well as the National Football League’s 2006 Superbowl XL, to be held in Detroit.
“This is a great way to play our part, as we try to find ways to conduct our business in a more environmentally friendly manner,”¯ said Chris Plant, co-owner of New Society Publishers. “We see it is a fundamental component of being a socially responsible business and walking our talk.”¯
With the purchase of 213 tons of carbon offsets, New Society Publishers has neutralized the effect of the 213 tons of emissions that were released into the atmosphere during 2003 as a result of the publisher’s use of paper, fuel, electricity, and garbage.
New Society’s 213 tons of emissions came from its use of paper (140 tons), flights and couriers (65 tons), trucking and vehicle travel (7 tons), fuel for heat and power (0.75 tons); and garbage (0.14 tons).
Half of the publisher’s emissions were offset by a contribution to Tree Canada, which will plant 182 trees to absorb 106 tons of New Society Publisher’s emissions.
The other half (for 107 tons) was offset by a contribution to the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF), based in Washington DC. SELF brings solar electric lighting to villagers in countries such as South Africa and Bhutan, replacing the use of kerosene, which is a dangerous and expensive carbon-producing fossil fuel.
New Society Publishers’s emissions analysis was done by climate specialist Guy Dauncey, author of the award-winning book Stormy Weather: 101 Solutions to Global Climate Change (New Society Publishers, 2001). Mr. Dauncey is himself carbon neutral, offsetting his personal emissions each year, a habit he shares with Hollywood stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Mr. Dauncey has also developed a guide called "Going Carbon Neutral ”“ A Guide for Publishers" that can be used by any publisher in the world to help them do the same -- free from www.newsociety.com.
New Society Publishers operates from offices on Gabriola Island, British Columbia. The 25-year old company has a staff of eight people, and publishes 30 titles a year. Its goal as a company is “to contribute in fundamental ways to building a more ecologically sustainable and just society.”¯
In 2001, New Society became the first publisher in North America to print all their books on ancient forest-free paper: 100% post-consumer recycled, non-chorine bleached. Since then, New Society Publishers has saved over 6,000 trees with this strategy.