In Finland, there is more forest than ever and forests are growing faster than ever. Despite this, due to climate change, one of the hottest topics in recent months has been preserving forests as carbon sinks through harvesting restrictions. The discussion has become stuck on the smaller details of different scenarios. People tend to forget the big picture. The big picture is that since the emergence of climate awareness, the entirety of Finland’s forests have already been harvested once. In 1990, when climate reporting began, Finnish forests contained 1.9 billion cubic metres of wood, and the same amount was harvested between 1990 and 2017. However, the forests now contain a record 2.5 billion cubic metres of wood. The forests’ increasing growth can mainly be attributed to good forest management. This, in short, means sensible harvesting, without neglecting the importance of ditching and fertilisation. Click Read More below for additional detail.
Flint Group are pleased to present our portfolio of products for printers seeking Blue Angel certification. The Blue Angel is an environmental label organised by the federal government of Germany for the protection of people and the environment. It sets very exacting standards, is independent and has proven itself over more than 35 years as a guide for selecting environmentally-friendly products. The Blue Angel for Printed Matters (RAL-UZ 195) is awarded to printed matter that represents an environmentally friendly alternative to standard printed matter available on the market.
Flint Group’s range of ‘Blue Angel’ products confirms our commitment to the environment and to ensuring best in class products are at the heart of our portfolio. These products have been developed to deliver exceptional performance characteristics coupled with leading environmental benefits.
In partnership with WKS Group, our new PremEco BE Series has been developed especially with the environment in mind. WKS Group are a leading German Heatset printer and pioneer for sustainable production technologies. Benefitting from a wide range of press sizes including the world’s only 160pp press, they have become the first Heatset printer using Heatset ink from Flint Group to receive the new Blue Angel certification for printed matters (RAL-UZ 195).
As Flint Group also has a leading role in the development of environmental standards for the printing industry, WKS Group and Flint Group have established a development partnership for the further advancement of Heatset ink. In the course of this cooperation, Flint Group has developed the PremEco BE Series and undertaken extensive tests for all paper grades (LWC, SC, Newsprint). The outcome of this successful development partnership is that Flint Group now supplies WKS Group exclusively with PremEco BE.
Press Room Chemicals
To be compliant with RAL-UZ 195, a number of environmental criteria must be adhered to for the press room chemicals used in the printing process. For example, Fountain solution additives should contain VOC levels less than 10 %; although higher values are acceptable providing that a valid justification is given. The ready-made fountain solution must contain less than 3% IPA in formulation.
For Roller and Blanket Washes there are restrictions on aromatic hydrocarbons (<1%) and chlorinated solvents. The flashpoint has to be greater than 55°C but ideally should be above 100°C.