– Kodak is to roll-out a comprehensive energy management system at its largest offset plate production plant in Osterode am Harz, Germany. The system will enable the company to conserve energy and reduce its environmental impact at the site.
Kodak’s latest initiative underlines its ongoing commitment to sustainability. The company has developed a range of printing plates that help offset printers operate in a more environmentally conscious way – without impacting productivity or print quality negatively.
One such plate is the KODAK SONORA XP Process Free Plate, which eliminates conventional plate processing. Other environmentally-conscious plates include the KODAK TRILLIAN SP Plate and the KODAK THERMALNEWS PT Newspaper Plate, which both use less chemistry and energy than conventional plates during processing
Better energy management for a more sustainable plate production
Kodak is targeting DIN EN ISO 50001:2011 certification for its new energy management system before the end of 2013. It will complement its DIN EN ISO 9001-certified quality management system, which has been in place since 1995; the DIN EN ISO 14001-certified environmental management system, implemented in 2001; and the BS OHSAS 18001-certified occupational health and safety management system.
The new energy management project – which will encompass all areas of the Osterode plant and involve all employees – is being rolled out in several stages.
The first step involves Kodak taking an inventory and analyzing energy consumption to identify the potential savings. The findings will help establish how the energy management system will be adopted and controlled throughout the plant. The company will then introduce an ongoing process for optimizing energy efficiency and realizing savings.
Sven Freyer, Director Plate Manufacturing Germany, Kodak, comments on the initiative: “The energy management project will have a very positive environmental impact on the way products are produced and chemicals are used at the Osterode site. The project will also enhance our customers’ sustainability credentials – by using KODAK Plates they’re making their offset printing set-up a more eco-conscious operation.”
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