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Apr 30, 2009 12:00 AM
manroland and printing industry partners explained practical solutions for ecofriendly printing at PraxisDialog 21, held earlier this year in Offenbach, Germany.
Image enhancement, customer loyalty and higher margins are the potential benefits cited in a combined “Economy and Ecology” approach. manroland positions its environmental activities under the motto “CMYK+GREEN” and, with manroland EcoLogic, offers ecology-compatible products and solutions. Experts from different companies provided information about energy and emission reductions, testing methods and certification procedures, environment-friendly consumable materials, and resource-conserving machine technology right through to financing models.
The manroland “eco-counter” modeled print process improvements. The calculator shows the costs that can be saved using environment-friendly technologies.
A number of available programs at U.S. based energy companies can help commercial printers conserve energy and cash for their facilities. Edison Electric Industries spokesman Ed Legge, suggests printers contact their utility provider to see what incentives they qualify for. With money being set aside as part of the federal government’s stimulus package, he said energy efficiency is a major consideration for each and every state.
Midwest based Exelon Corp. offers a Load Response program that gives business customers financial incentives for reducing their electric usage during times of high wholesale electricity prices. Starting June 1, the company also begins accepting new applications for the Prescriptive & Custom Smart Ideas for Your Business incentive program. Projects that may be eligible and qualify for a custom incentive involve those with compressed air, motors greater than 200 hp, non-HVAC variable-speed drive applications and other unique projects that improve energy efficiency. For more info, visit www.ComEd.com/businesssavings.
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