A global switch from laser to inkjet printers could almost cut in half the emissions from printing from current levels by 2025, according to a new report. The new research suggests that China could make the biggest total contribution to cutting global printing emissions.
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The report by Japanese printing giant Epson and Dr. Tim Forman of the University of Cambridge found that if a transition were to happen, the world as a whole could save more than 2,240GWh worth of electricity annually. The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions would be equivalent to the amount generated by over 280,000 cars on the roads over a year.
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According to the data, researchers believe that making the switch to inkjet printers would slash energy emissions from printing to 52.6 percent of current levels. The research emphasized the potential environmental impact if we do not meet the goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050.
If you need to purchase a printer, remember to always choose inkjet printers over laser!
Remember, the single most impactful action an individual can take is choosing to eat more plant-based foods. A 2021 study found that global greenhouse gas emissions from animal-based foods are twice those of plant-based foods, while the IPCC’s sixth assessment report, entitled Mitigation of Climate Change, supports a shift to vegan diets (rich in pulses, nuts, fruits, and vegetables, and devoid of any animal-derived product) as it could reduce food-related GHG emissions by 29 percent (estimated at 6.5 GtCO2e).
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