Book Industry Environmental Council Announces Climate Goals

On April 16, the Book Industry Environmental Council (BIEC) announced an ambitious set of goals for the book publishing industry. Called a "global first in publishing," the council's goal is a 20% reduction of the industry's greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 (from a 2006 baseline) and an 80% reduction by 2050.

Pete Datos, chair of BIEC's climate subcommittee and vice president of Hachette Book Group, called the goals "aggressive but achievable," and predicted they would be precedent-setting for other industries.

To achieve the goals, BIEC indicated that the industry will need to focus on "increasing the use of recycled paper, using paper efficiently, reducing returns, and preventing books from ending up in landfills," in addition to increasing sustainability in the areas of transportation, energy consumption, and chemicals.

BIEC is coordinated by the Green Press Initiative (GPI) and the Book Industry Study Group, and is comprised of representatives from more than 40 industry stakeholders. Julia Fauci and Brenna McLaughlin are the current AAUP representatives to BIEC.