Yorkshire print specialist secures key ‘green’ accreditation

A Yorkshire design and print specialist has received an international standard accreditation to further enhance an already impressive environmental record.

Sheffield-based Northend has achieved the ISO14001 standard for its environmental management system, which recognises a company's ability to control its impact on the environment and its compliance with regulations. The standard specifies a process for controlling and improving an organisation's environmental performance while requiring Northend to meet environmental legal requirements.

The move is the latest demonstration of the company's long-standing commitment to become a more environmentally sustainable business.

Northend has successfully realised a number of ambitious objectives aimed at reducing their environmental impact. These include, reducing water usage by 40% year on year, reducing waste plates by 25% year on year, and removing all harmful prepress chemicals.

The company has also contacted their top ten suppliers to communicate their environmental policy.
Peter Wright, Environmental Manager at Northend, said: "To achieve the ISO14001 standard is a fantastic achievement and we are all proud of our management system. As a company we are dedicated to reducing our impact on the environment and this will further assist us in our aims.

"The print industry is not particularly associated with being 'green', so it has been difficult at times to pursue our environmental goals. But we have made incredible strides forward and are thrilled with the progress we have made.

"We are continually assessing and improving our environmental performance with the aim of becoming an industry example for environmental best practice."

Northend, which has operated in Sheffield for 120 years, already has strong green credentials after it was awarded Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) accreditation.

FSC and PEFC are both independent organisations established to promote the responsible management of the world's forests. To earn certification and the right to use the FSC and PEFC labels, Northend has worked hard to adapt its management and operations to use paper from sustainable sources.

They have also previously invested heavily to switch to processless plates in a bid to cut plate chemistry and reduce water usage in the developing of plates.