GreenWorks sustainability program for printers


Agfa does not consider sustainability as a mere tool to green up its image. Instead, it is part of our strategy to systematically improve the cost and environmental performance of our products and operations. We have a long track record when it comes to sustainable development. Environmental sustainability is embedded as a set of technical requirements in our R&D projects for new systems, which are equally valued as quality, performance and cost specifications. Compliance on product regulatory requirements is considered as a sine qua non to bring products to the markets.

Agfa is committed to reducing the industry’s environmental impact, systematically improving the cost, quality and environmental performance of our products and operations. Our solutions are designed to maximize renewable resources, eliminate toxic chemicals, reduce waste, lower ink and water consumption and save energy.

Recognizing customers for environmentally-safer practices

As part of our corporate strategy, we are working to support customers who, through their actions, have demonstrated environmental responsibility. GreenWorks™, an Agfa initiative, accredits customers in the graphic communications industry in North America, who achieve greener outcomes through technology, products, services and practices.

Benefits of GreenWorks Accreditation

All GreenWorks accredited customers are featured on Agfa websites and promoted to buyers/designers interested in environmental responsibility.

GreenWorks accredited customers are recognized with a plaque and become a prestigious member of the GreenWorks community. Every GreenWorks customer receives a marketing toolkit to help them promote their environmental stewardship. It includes the GreenWorks logo, GreenWorks Accreditation logo and suggested ways to promote their business. In addition, accredited GreenWorks companies receive templates for e-communications, advertising, direct mail, press releases, and professional assistance to help market their environmentally-safer practices.

GreenWorks accredited companies may also be featured in Agfa public relations and testimonial campaigns providing further exposure if desired.

Developing Environmental Solutions

Agfa critically examines environmental and safety issues through each stage of a product’s life cycle to provide best manufacturing practices and solutions that meet our customers’ business needs as well as reduce waste and resource consumption. Some of these include:

  • Plate systems that reduce waste, chemistry and energy use
  • Chemistry with reduced Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) or gases emitted from some solids or liquids that contribute to ground level air pollution
  • Workflows that reduce waste (paper, ink, etc.) throughout the production chain
  • Inkjet solutions that minimize the amount of ink, paper and energy

How to Qualify

To be accredited, customers must meet all of the following criteria demonstrating their environmental commitment, including:

  • Using Agfa environmentally-safer chemistry-free, low-chemistry or no bake digital offset plates, such as chemistry-free Azura TU, Azura TE, Azura Vi, Azura TS, N94VCF, N95-VCF or low-chemistry Amigo TS plates or no-bake Energy Elite, Energy Elite Pro or Energy Elite Eco plates, all of which have significant environmental benefits compared to conventional digital or analog plates.
  • Actively recycling, participating in community waste reduction or conservation programs or using alternative energy sources in their plants.
  • Spreading the word; companies must promote and communicate the benefits of practicing environmental safety.
  • Using products which maximize renewable resources, minimize environmental impact from toxic chemicals, or reduce waste, lower ink, water or energy consumption.

To apply for GreenWorks Accreditation

To be accredited, customers must meet all criteria demonstrating their environmental commitment. To be considered for GreenWorks accreditation, please complete this online form or download and complete this pdf form (97 KB) and email it to the GreenWorks program manager, Deborah Hutcheson.

There is no limit to the number of company locations that can receive GreenWorks accreditation.