To clearly understand the environmental impact of our printers, Lexmark examines each phase of a product's life, from manufacturing to end-of-life, using a product Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).
We use the standardized LCA to analyze our products in accordance with the ISO 14040 and ISO 14044 methods. We also commissioned LCA studies on our laser and inkjet products to third-party environmental companies. The LCA studies were performed in compliance with ISO 14040 and ISO 14044, including an independent review.
The study measured our products’ environmental impact on multiple indicators, in accordance with a methodology established in 2002 by the Institute of Environmental Sciences, Leiden University, in the Netherlands. Some of the environmental indicators measured include the following.
- Nonrenewable resource depletion (abiotic depletion)
- Nonrenewable primary energy
- Global warming and climate change (carbon footprint)
- Water footprint
The LCA studies provided a realistic, data-based assessment of tradeoffs in product design, manufacturing, transportation, end-life and the potential to make system-wide improvements. Lexmark incorporates the LCA results into our product design process to develop sustainable products that combine high standards of performance, efficiency and environmental sensitivity.
Lexmark commissioned LCAs for several of our products in 2011, including the Lexmark X544de laser MFP, and the Lexmark OfficeEdge Pro 5500 and Lexmark Genesis inkjet printers.
The LCA for the Lexmark OfficeEdge Pro 5500 indicates that the main environmental carbon and water footprint results from the printer’s use phase; the 40 percent of the carbon footprint and 85 percent of the water footprint result from paper consumption during printing.
The LCA for the Lexmark Genesis indicates that, like the OfficeEdge Pro5500, the main environmental carbon and water footprint results from the use phase; 16 percent of the carbon footprint and 67 percent of the water footprint result from paper consumption during printing.
The 200 series cartridges for the new OfficeEdge printers announced in 2012, improve upon the environmental benefits seen with the introduction of the Lexmark Vizix inkjet technology. A life cycle assessment of the Vizix cartridges determined a 30 percent reduction in the carbon footprint compared to the previous integrated inkjet cartridges. The new 200 series cartridges provide an additional 50 percent carbon footprint reduction on a per-page basis.