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Taylor & Francis has achieved CarbonNeutral® publication certification for all 2021 and 2022 print books and journals. This follows the company’s accelerated progress in reducing carbon emissions from its product supply chain and its purchase of high-quality, third-party-verified carbon credits for the remaining emissions that cannot yet be avoided.

Customers of Taylor & Francis’ peer-reviewed research and specialist learning content select whether to purchase it in a digital format or as a printed book or journal. The majority of overall sales are now digital.

Where customers choose to receive printed books and journals, Taylor & Francis is taking a range of actions to reduce unnecessary waste and the carbon emissions connected with printed materials, including:

  • Increasing the use of print-on-demand services to better match production with demand and reduce physical stock levels;
  • Donating unused book stock to BookAid and Amnesty International, avoiding waste and contributing to the wider sharing of knowledge;
  • Implementing a program to remove plastic packaging from printed journals, which now covers nearly 75% of products.

The remaining carbon emissions from printed products and their supply chain are now calculated and compensated for through the purchase of high-quality carbon credits. As a result, Taylor & Francis has achieved CarbonNeutral® publication certification from Natural Capital Partners, the leading experts on carbon neutrality and climate finance, in line with The CarbonNeutral Protocol.

The purchase of credits supports high-quality, verified carbon reduction projects around the world that help protect and restore habitats, as well as improve the health and wellbeing of communities through cleaner cooking and heating solutions. These projects include the preservation of grasslands in Colorado, as well as projects that provide households in Sichuan with biodigesters to generate clean energy, solar water heaters in India, and supporting a biomass fuel switch project to protect the Caatinga biome in Brazil.

Annie Callanan, Taylor & Francis Chief Executive Officer shares: “We’re thrilled to have gained CarbonNeutral® publication certification across our printed products. Building a more sustainable supply chain and reducing our absolute carbon emissions are important priorities for us, and this certification reflects continuous improvements made over several years. As a company, we achieved CarbonNeutral® business certification last year, and combined, these are all important steps towards our goal of becoming a zero waste and net zero carbon business by 2030.”

Taylor & Francis is part of the Informa Group, whose company-wide FasterForward program includes a range of ambitious commitments to becoming an ever more sustainable, positive impact business. Goals include becoming a zero waste and net zero carbon business by 2030, embedding sustainability inside 100% of products, and enabling one million disconnected individuals to access our products and services by 2025. For more information about FasterForward, see our website here.