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EFI completes life-cycle assessment for Nozomi digital printer

March 15, 2024  By PrintAction Staff

Electronics For Imaging, Inc., completes a life-cycle assessment (LCA) of Nozomi single-pass digital print technology in partnership with sustainability consulting firm Clean Agency. Through this initiative, Clean Agency also developed an LCA tool that EFI customers and their customers – such as brands, retailers, and 3PLs – can use to analyze their CO2 equivalent (CO2e) emissions as part of their overall packaging extended producer responsibility (EPR): the environmental impact of their products, even after their useful life has ended.

According to the LCA, printing corrugated materials on an EFI Nozomi digital press reduces global warming potential (GWP) by approximately 50 per cent when compared to analog printing technologies.

“No printing plates, less energy, less waste, and just-in-time (JIT) manufacturing all contribute to CO2e reductions for corrugated printing on EFI’s Nozomi digital press,” said Seri McClendon, CEO of Clean Agency. “Packaging is a major contributor to Scope 3 emissions, so we not only partnered with EFI to conduct the LCA, but also to build a calculator that enables users to quantify related kilograms of CO2e for specific packaging printing volumes and applications.”


Scope 3 emissions refer to indirect emissions that occur in the value chain of an organization, including both upstream and downstream activities, and represent a significant portion of a company’s carbon footprint.

For prospective customers, brands, and retailers, the LCA tool can calculate the CO2e of a given print job on Nozomi technology, as well as project and compare what the same job would generate on other printing technologies, including flexography, offset litho, and digital pre-print.

“We are pleased with the results of the LCA and are pursuing independent third-party verification of the findings for additional validation, which we anticipate coming in April,” said Evandro Matteucci, EFI’s VP/GM of building materials and packaging. “It’s an iterative process, and we will continue testing and proving the LCA with our customers going forward.”

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