BIC’s Building a Greener Business Webinar 2020

This seminar went ahead in the form of a webinar in response to London Book Fair 2020 being cancelled (due to ongoing concerns over the COVID-19 virus). 

Originally scheduled to take place at London Book Fair 2020, this event, was converted to a webinar and took place at the same time, on the same day and with the same programme and speakers as orginally planned. 

Thursday 12th March 2020


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Now in its 21st year, BIC’s annual seminar (usually at LBF) has provided both national and international representatives of the book industry, and members of the public, with an opportunity to meet and exchange views and information on all aspects of the supply chain. 

This year’s webinar – Building a Greener Business – took place on Thursday 12th March 2020, 10am-12:30pm, online. Attendees joined us in this two-and-a-half hour session to hear from book industry experts on a variety of topics, all ultimately focussed on helping them build a more efficient, greener business. 

This seminar was free to attend for both BIC Members and Non-Members alike.


The book trade is increasingly global, and improving discoverability and tradability is good for business, but is it necessarily good for the environment? What is the size of our industry’s carbon footprint and its consumption of plastic? How can organisations increase their sustainability whilst reducing their overall environmental impact? And what does the future hold? With expert speakers from publishers, printers, distributors, booksellers and more, these questions were explored in this year’s seminar which took attendees on a journey through the environmental lifecycle of a book from creation to consumer. 

Find out more:

Salient points from the webinar can be found on Twitter: @BIC1UK and/or #LBF20BGB

View the programme, here. 

View our speakers list, here.

View the presentation slideshows from the webinar, here.

Watch the webinar on the BIC YouTube channel, here. 

Read the following articles and blogs on this webinar: 

Building a Greener Business – BIC’s Webinar held 12th March 2020 – Angus Urquhart, Director of Marketing Strategy, BIC

Building a Greener Publishing Business – Jo Woods, Freelancer

BIC Webinar – How the Trade is getting Greener – Jo Henry, Managing Director, Bookbrunch

Join the BIC Green Supply Chain Mailing List, here.

A word about our sponsors:

As HP continues its journey of re-invention, we are bringing to market new services and solutions initially for the Publishing Industry. Our ambition is to enable Publishers to have more time to focus on “what” they publish, rather than “how”. We are providing the industry with services and solutions that reduce production complexity whilst automating scalable distributed print. 

HP’s “Book as a Service” builds on the proven workflow backbone of “HP Piazza” and leverages our WW print partner network. This solution provides a cloud-based repository of always available titles, allowing Publishers to re-gain control of their content, maximise business potential, reduce inventory, minimise waste and improve their environmental footprint. This fully virtual inventory matches output with demand, with titles ready & optimised for print, when and where needed. As companies struggle to manage increasingly complex customer needs, with business realities and ever-increasing environmental considerations this proven, scalable service provides a “plug & play” solution. 

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