The mission of the Book Industry Environmental Council (BIEC)
is to identify, foster, and communicate best practices
to reduce the environmental footprint and increase the
sustainability of books (printed and/or electronic).

The Book Industry Environmental Council (BIEC) strives to benchmark, track and improve our industry’s environmental footprint with science-based research and collaboration from the supply chain – including publishers, book manufacturers, paper manufacturers and suppliers, book sellers and environmental NGOs. Members work collaboratively to identify and communicate best practices towards reducing the book industry’s environmental footprint.

Current BIEC priorities include the following:

  • Sharing information about issues and best practices to address climate impacts, resource use, and sustainability in the book industry.
  • Tracking environmental progress of the book industry.
  • Investigating strategies for reducing returns, increasing paper recovery, and keeping books out of landfills as they come to End-Of-Life.

Climate, Resource Use, Sustainability

The BIEC participates in informational forums; conducts webinars; and engages with a variety of ENGO’s, manufacturers, trade…

Tracking Environmental Progress

The BIEC conducts surveys of Publishers, Printers and Paper Manufacturers every two years. While these surveys focused…

End-Of-Life Issues

The BIEC facilitates communication between various sectors of the book industry seeking to develop new partnerships focused on reducing…

Upcoming Events

WebEx Panel Discussion: China’s National Sword Program – open only to BIEC members @ WebEx online
Dec 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

A 1-hour panel discussion and Q&A about China’s recently announced new standards for imported recovered material, including paper. Our panelists will discuss the announced standards and possible/expected revisions to them, as well as the program’s possible impacts on book paper availability and pricing in Asia; the market for recovered materials, including printed books; and availability/pricing of recycled and virgin fiber globally.

Dylan de Thomas, VP of Industry Collaboration, The Recycling Partnership
Michael Van Hefty, VP, North American Pulp Sales, Central National Gottesman
Suzy Zhu, Senior Commercial Manager, Publishing Solutions, RR Donnelley Asia

The Book Industry Environmental Council is currently co-chaired by two founding members – one representing a major publisher and one representing a large paper distributor.

The BIEC is a project of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs, which acts as the fiscal sponsor for the council.