CarbonCo has appointed Paul Opie as its new partnership manager to help printers, publishers and packaging firms reduce their carbon emissions with international conservation charity World Land Trust.

An increasing number of printers are using carbon-balanced papers as a way of offsetting the emissions connected with their paper usage and other activities. According to CarbonCo, making changes now will help businesses meet the 50% reduction in carbon emissions required by 2030 to keep global warming to less than 1.5 degrees.

To date the initiative, launched in 2010, has balanced 250,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide and protected 20,000 acres of high value conservation land, rich in biodiversity, with World Land Trust.

Sir David Attenborough said, ‘The money that is given to the World Land Trust, in my estimation, has more effect on the wild world than almost anything I can think of.’

Out of the printers CarbonCo has previously measured, 51 of the most environmentally-aware have already become certified printers and are balancing their own operational impacts with the conservation charity.

Mr Opie said, ‘I am delighted to join CarbonCo at a time of unprecedented environmental focus and look forward to working with this progressive sustainable industry to support positive change, that directly impacts biodiversity, and make a real difference.’