The Green Press Transition Fund’s first call for projects award committee met on Friday, November 26, 2021.

This new device, introduced in the 2021 finance law as part of the recovery plan, aims to finance research and development projects aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of the press sector and to propose innovative solutions to support the transition of the sector.

The committee was composed of representatives of professional organisations in the press sector, ADEME (the Environment and Energy Management Agency), the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Recovery, the High Official for Sustainable Development and the Directorate-General for Media and Cultural Industries of the Ministry of Culture, as well as personalities qualified in their knowledge of the economy and the professions of the press or the digital economy and innovation.

The members of the committee selected four projects for a total amount of grants of nearly 2.3 million euro.

The projects selected, supported by a plurality of actors (routers, printer and research laboratory), cover a wide range of environmental issues specific to the press sector (formulation of bio-sourced inks, alternatives to putting in plastic film for the routing of press documents, reduction of the emissions of solvents emitted during printing by gravure printing).

This first edition is part of the follow-up to the report published in April 2021 by the General Inspection of Cultural Affairs (IGAC) and the Office of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development (CGEDD) which advocated in particular the use of press research and development aids for the study of alternatives to products such as routing plastic films and inks based on mineral oils.

This committee was also the opportunity to jointly draw up a first assessment of this call for proposals, with a view to its renewal in 2022.