Emirates Printing Press has long recognised the importance of sustainability in where we source raw materials and how we run our business.
We were one of the first printers in the Middle East more than two decades ago to embrace the global benchmarks for sustainable and ethical use of forest products. We have also adopted bio-based ink.
Today we are leaders in the ongoing transformation of the printing and packaging industry toward a circular economy. We work to reduce, redesign and recycle the materials we use in all our processes.
We believe climate action starts at home. Maintaining a healthy environment in our plant with clean energy and air is not only good for our people, but good for the planet.
The quest for energy sustainability led us to install 62,000m2 of solar panels at our four sites in Dubai. Through our Solar Rooftop Project, we produce 10.6 gigawatt hours (GWh) of clean energy a year – 35 per cent of our total electricity consumption – and a saving of more than 8,000 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions from hydrocarbon power generation.
All our facilities are installed with energy efficient LED lights. Positive actions such as these demonstrate our commitment to environmental management enshrined in our ISO 14001:2015 certification.
EPP uses inks based on vegetable oils such as soy oil for our conventional offset printing. Bio-based alternatives to mineral-based inks are renewable, biodegradable and compostable, and help us phase out the hydrocarbons and metal-based pigments of traditional inks.
Packaging is an integral part of modern life. It labels, protects and preserves less durable items; it helps reduce waste in important areas such as food and healthcare.
We supply fully recyclable flexible packaging made from polyolefin (PP/PE) based Mono-materials that are compatible with current mechanical recycling as per (CEFLEX) D4ACE recyclability guidelines. We can use packaging materials from natural and renewable sources that are bio-based, biodegradable and compostable.
Our recyclable flexible packaging is certified to comply with European standards on packaging and packaging waste.
New technology has made it possible to capture emissions produced by high-end industrial processes such as printing and turn them into reusable feedstock.
Even the paper dust in the air is extracted and transformed into recyclable blocks. This environmentally friendly solution is carried out by a Hunkeler Waste Management System whose main role is baling production waste for recycling.
The waste water from our press and pre-press operations is recycled through a dedicated water recycling plant for reuse in watering the plants and flushing toilets.
Also contributing to the clean environment for employees is a modern solvent recovery plant. Filtration units clean the factory air of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which otherwise would escape into the atmosphere, for recovery and direct, sustainable reuse.
EPP is committed to achieving excellence for our customers without compromising our social, environmental and ethical business responsibilities. Quality and responsibility underpin everything we do. We are committed to continual improvement and actively support initiatives promoting business ethics, environmental protection, labour and human rights.
EPP's plant is certified as a SEDEX compliant unit, based on SMETA 6.1 (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit) best practice guidelines.
In the drive for sustainability, our focus is on transformation leading to a circular economy and providing sustainable packaging solutions.
Our aim is to promote sustainability by engaging with our customers, suppliers and stakeholders on activities with the greatest impact.
We are dedicated to climate action and waste minimization with a commitment to reducing our carbon footprint though conservation, sustainable material use and reduction of greenhouse gases.
EPP is inspired by the 17 goals set out by the United Nations in its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular their guidance on industry, innovation and infrastructure; life on land; and partnerships for the goals. We accept our responsibility to work for tangible results in all areas, but most especially those where we believe our actions can make a difference.