Good practices for the application
of BATs in the Graphic Industry
Progress and results
BATsGRAPH project concludes its actions at the end of 2011, achieving the foreseen objectives.
During the last three year it were developed the next actions:

  1. Analysis of the implantation of BATs in the European printing industry, including direct questioning to almost 500 European printing companies and stakeholders.
  2. Determination of main barriers for the implementation of BATs and critical BATs to be boosted within the project
  3. Collection, development and practical validation of Technical Best Practices for the implementation of BATs in the European Sheetfed printing SMEs.
  4. Development of an eTool to ease the implantation of the Technical Best Practices for the implementation of BATs in the European printing SMEs.
  5. Dissemination and diffusion activities
Through the execution of BATsGRAPH project the next main developments has been produced:

Awareness actions about the  Best Available Techniques included in the Surface Treatment Solvents BREF in order to reduce the industrial pollution and the emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) which are responsible of global warming and, therefore, to facilitate the fulfillment of IPPC Directive in the European Printing Industry.

Development of Technical Best Practices
to help Sheet Fed Offset companies printing SMEs, which are out of the scope of the IPPC Directive and BREF, in the reduction of VOCs, coming from Isopropilic Alcohol (IPA) and Cleaning Agents. These Technical Best Practices are divided into three steps:

  1. Step 1 Basic conditions
  2. Step 2 Good housekeeping
  3. Step 3 Addition of IPA-reducing damping solution additives and/or changes in the press
Development of Technical Best Practices to help Sheet Fed Offset companies printing in the use of Vegetable Inks, as a sustainable alternative to mineral inks, due the renewable origin of their oils. These Technical Best Practices are divided into four steps:

  1. Step 1. Preconditions
  2. Step 2. Study of printing condition that uses mineral oil-based inks
  3. Step 3. Implementation of vegetable oil-based inks.
  4. Step 4  Conformance printing
Development of an eTool, which integrates and eases the implementation of the developed Technical Best Practices, including three modules to manage the implementation and quality and environment monitoring:

  1. Best practice module: step by step implementation including critical explanations, printing forms and reporting. A registry of all pending and completed actions, dates and responsible is available
  2. Print quality control module: online measurements and reporting of the fulfillment of ISO 12647-2 requirements in order to keep the quality and productivity during the Best Practices implementation.
  3. Environmental control module: set of environmental indicators which allow the printers to monitor the environmental improvement
Finally, an online platform to boost the communication between the stakeholders related to the sustainability of the printing industry has been developed.

The use of these developments by the European printing companies  has produced the next results:

  1. Spreading the contents of BREF “Reference Document on Best Available Techniques on Surface Treatment Using Organic Solvents” document, developed by the European Integrated Prevention and Pollution Control Bureau, a European Comission Bureau, whit the collaboration of Intergraf, and creation of a better environmental conscience in 10% of the Graphic Arts Industry in Europe, what means to involve about 10.000 companies.
  2. Potential reduction of the 50 – 100 % of the VOCs emissions in the concerned companies.
  3. Potential 100 % change from mineral oil inks to vegetable inks in the concerned companies.
  4. Improve the fulfillment of the Directives 1999/13/CE and 96/61/CE (IPPC Directive) by the European printing industries in competitive conditions