We only have one Earth, and the team at SRL Publishing takes measures to treat it well. We’re proud to be a climate positive book publisher since June 2020, removing more carbon emissions than we emit, and planting trees to replace the trees we have used for our products.
We are all too familiar with climate change, and the effect the book publishing world has had on our natural world. Some years ago, the book publishing industry would have been one of the most damaging industries, but new developments and new technology means this is no longer the case. The way we operate means we deliberately waive our profit margins for the sake of the environment.
We have committed ourselves to being as environmentally friendly as possible. We start with our books, the main source of our carbon emissions. We use a relatively new technology called digital printing. The purpose of digital printing is to reduce our environmental impact and, in short, only printing what we sell to reduce book returns and wastage. The model has been adapted by many international publishers, with companies from the biggest to the smallest changing the way books are printed. Traditional printing usually prints large quantities in anticipation of sales, where around 40% of which are left unsold. This equates to around 77 million books per year in the UK alone that were printed and ultimately destroyed before even being sold. Digital printing offers significant environmental advantages as unsold books are usually returned and destroyed, after being shipped around between distributors, printers, and retailers multiple times. It allows us to only print to fill the existing demand. Digital printing lessens the possibilities of returns, and reduces waste and greenhouse emissions. Wasted paper, wasted energy, greenhouse emissions, and landfill overflows are a result, and we aim to do our very best to keep this to a minimum.
SRL Publishing expects each of its paper suppliers to be environmentally responsible as well, and not use papers sourced from endangered old growth forests, forests of exceptional conservation value, or the Amazon Basin.
Our books only use paper that is Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) certified. We also use paper that has received Chain of Custody certification from the FSC and the SFI. Chain of Custody (CoC) is a system that tracks wood fibre through the many stages of production; from forest, to the mill, to the paper, and ultimately to the finished book. We seek to reduce page count in our titles where appropriate, the paper we use for our postage, communications, and contracts is recycled paper and certified carbon neutral. For publishers, and consumers, CoC ensures the integrity of the paper supply chain and that the paper used in 100% of our books are sourced from responsibly managed forests.
SRL Publishing is proud to support Rainforest Trust, one of the world’s most effective conservation charities providing vital funds to protect threatened rainforests and other tropical ecosystems around the world.
Rainforests are one of the most important natural resources on Earth, and affect the daily lives of everyone on our planet. They safely store billions of tons of carbon, helping to mitigate climate change and stabilise global weather patterns. Rainforests are also home to 50% of the world’s species – many of which are critically endangered – and thousands of indigenous communities rely on the forests for their food, water, medicines, and economic prosperity. In short, rainforests help to sustain life on our planet, and are absolutely vital for our collective survival.
Rainforest Trust ensures the protection of these vital ecosystems through effective long-term partnerships with local communities and trusted partner organisations.
How we’ve supported
In 2019, SRL Publishing supported rainforest protection in Peru, where Rainforest Trust are working with 200 indigenous communities to provide legal protection for over 6 million acres of the Amazon rainforest. You can read more about this project on the Rainforest Trust website. For every copy of A Tree For Me we sold, we protected one acre of the Peruvian Amazon rainforest. In 2019, we have helped save over 500,000 trees in the Peruvian Rainforest from deforestation.
In June 2020, SRL Publishing officially became a climate positive book publisher, which means we remove more carbon in the atmosphere than we emit. We teamed up with Ecologi where we can offset our carbon emissions by planting trees and funding projects around the world. According to recent studies, there are enough climate change solutions that are out there right now, and if fully supported, will undo 30 years worth of carbon damage. We believe this is our opportunity to really make a difference.
SRL Publishing is supporting in many ways. So far, our donations have helped plant 4,781 trees in our very own forest, land designated to plant trees in. To take a look at how old our trees are and plant your own in our forest, check out this page.
Our donations are helping to plant trees in locations such as Nicaragua, Madagascar, Mozambique, and here in the UK too. We’re also supporting various projects helping with carbon reduction. Sine June 2020, we’ve supported the following projects;
- Protection of the Peruvian Amazon
- Landfill gas extraction in Istanbul
- Delivering clean drinking water to Haiti
- Forest plantation on degraded grassland in Uruguay
- Solar power installation in India
- Restoring the Pacific Coast of Colombia
- Repairing water boreholes in Eritrea
- Creating wind energy in India
- Preserving Brazilian rainforest
- Providing cleaner energy through hydropower in Uganda
- Onshore wind energy generation in Taiwan
- Forest protection in Northern Zimbabwe
- Turning waste biogas into electricity in Thailand
- Fuel efficient cookstoves in Honduras
- Producing energy from waste rice husks in India
By supporting the above projects, and many more, we have so far removed over 121 tonnes of carbon emissions. This is equivalent to 94 long-haul flights, or 302,000 miles driven in a car.
All of the projects we support, contributes to at least one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Throughout our projects we support, we have contributed to every single UN SDG, and on average each project we’ve supported contributes to 5 UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Carbon Emissions/Tree Planting
We calculate our carbon emissions and then seek to reduce emissions by supporting various projects around the world which meet the highest verification standards, such as Gold Standard or Verified Carbon Standard. Of course, calculating any carbon emissions is incredibly complex so figures are never going to be 100% accurate, so we add an extra 15% to our figures for that extra headroom.
On top of calculating our emissions, we also calculate the number of trees our products have used on a monthly basis, and then plant accordingly to ensure we are always planting more trees than we have used for our books. Until they are several years old, our baby trees are not mature enough to sequester carbon in large quantities – and those verification programmes which do exist often will not verify carbon removal from trees until they are around 10 years old. That’s why we do not count our trees as contributing towards offsetting our footprint – and only offset using verified carbon credits. Of course – our trees are still out there, quietly sucking up carbon all the same.
Not only do we calculate our emissions from manufacturing books, our business transport, and the trees used for our products, we also monitor and calculate our emissions from our hosted websites including c02 from visitors using our website. You can read more about this in our annual reports available via our Latest News page.
SRL Publishing Ltd is committed to improving environmental performance by driving down CO2 emissions and reducing, reusing, and recycling waste.
SRL Publishing Ltd recognises that what we do today, affects the environment of both current and future generations and we are therefore committed to continuous environmental improvement. Our policy is to manage our business in such a manner as to have minimum impact on the environment in which we operate.
We will not be part of the problem. We will be part of the solution. We all share this world. We are glad to do our part in keeping it sustainable.