Carbon Neutral Printing

As part of our dedication to offering a sustainable printing service, we’ve achieved carbon neutral certification since 2021. Here are the carbon reduction projects we’ve got in the pipeline and what this means for your business.

What is Carbon Neutral Printing?

Carbon neutrality means balancing the carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere as part of our everyday operations with the amount removed from the atmosphere.

As part of our sustainability strategy, we’ve been certified Carbon Neutral since 2021 by Achilles Carbon Reduce, the UK’s only accredited GHG (Greenhouse Gas) Certification Scheme.

We work closely with Achilles to actively calculate our Carbon footprint so that we can implement efficiency projects across the business to achieve Net Zero by 2035.

Under the scheme, we measure our greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with ISO 14064, working to actively reduce our emissions, purchase 100% renewable electricity, and neutralise unavoidable emissions through purchasing verified carbon credit offsets.

We’ve been certified Carbon Neutral since 2021 by Achilles Carbon Reduce.

What Does it Mean for Your Business?

By reducing our carbon footprint, this not only means that we’re operating more sustainably, but by printing with a carbon neutral printer, you can reduce your company’s carbon footprint too!

Waste Reduction Projects

Across all areas of the business, we’ve set up an efficiency taskforce who work tirelessly to reduce waste associated with the production of our clients’ products. This waste, whether it be physical or energy, contributes to the carbon footprint of a product. The team has therefore been tasked with looking at ways to reduce this and provide a product with a lower overall Carbon footprint.

Projects to date include:


43% reduction in packaging between 2020/21 – 2021/22

Sheet Waste Projects

we’ve recently reduced the number of make-ready sheets by 46%, creating further savings in ink, powder, chemicals and energy

Process Efficiency Projects

we’ve installed timers on our printing processors to automatically turn off and, as a result, reduced power usage on our spot UV drying processor by one fifth

Free 10 Point Artwork Check

The secret to getting your print design right first time and reducing the number of reprints in our factory? Our in-house Studio team’s famous artwork check. Every single time you place an order with instantprint, your artwork will be personally checked by a member of the team using our rigorous (and 100% free) 10 point quality check!

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Powered By Green Energy

In 2021, we partnered with zero carbon electricity company Bryt Energy, meaning 100% of our energy usage is from renewable sources.

Within the next 12 months, we’ll see the installation of a solar PV system on our primary unit in South Yorkshire.

We’re also in the process of transitioning our fleet of onsite vehicles to electric, including our forklifts.

Greener Print Delivery

We’ve partnered with DPD who:

Delivered over 44,000 of our parcels using electric vehicles between January and July 2022

Saving 12131kg of Carbon

Which is the equivalent of planting 48 trees

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War on Waste Campaign

Our internal War on Waste campaign has been running since 2018, and has seen us change processes to reduce our waste output, including a 100% reduction in consumption of harmful waste in our lithographic stream as well as many other water reduction achievements. This is just one of the ways we’re getting our team involved in our sustainability efforts!

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We’re ISO 14001:2015 Certified

We’re ISO 14001:2015 Certified

We work towards a set of environmental management standards called ISO 14001:2015, meaning we’re inspected by external auditors once a year and given a plan to improve our environmental impact. This means we’re always working towards reducing our impact on the environment.

Carbon Emission Reductions to Date

Carbon Emission Reductions to Date

All of these steps have allowed us to achieve an emission intensity reduction of 68% on the tCO²e per £M turnover 2020-21 and 2021-22 for scopes 1, 2 and mandatory scope 3 emissions including product delivery.

Packaging Projects

We’re working towards 100% plastic free packaging and have already made huge strides towards this goal!

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Journey to Net Zero

At instantprint, we’ve committed to achieve Net Zero for scope 1, 2 and downstream to scope 3 emissions related to the delivery and disposal of our products and activities by 2030. As part of this, we’ll fully map, understand and measure all additional value chain scope 3 emissions by 2025 and achieve Net Zero for scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions by 2035 - 15 years ahead of the national target of 2050.

To get there, we’re focusing on cutting back our Greenhouse Gas Emissions to as close as zero as possible and reducing any inefficiencies across our business, from the factory floor to the office. We will:

Continue to work closely with the Achilles Carbon Reduce and Carbon Zero Schemes
Increase the % of energy generated onsite
Continue to purchase 100% renewable energy
Reduce CO2e related to the movement of our people, products and services
Reduce CO2e related to our purchased goods and services in accordance with Value Chain Management with Diligent
Reduce energy and water waste across the business in accordance with our Energy Efficiency Improvement Plan