What is the bookDAPer tool ?

BookDAPer is a software tool that allows you to generate the bDAP ecolabel of your print format publications.

BookDAPer allows editors, designers and printers of print format publications generating and obtaining the bDAP ecolabel for their publications. So, this ecolabel and its information can be included in the own publication in order to inform the reader about the environmental performance of that specific publication.

The bDAP ecolabel of the bookDAPer's tool is a simplified Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) which calculates and shows the environmental performance of the publication and where certifications and good environmental practices of the involved companies are declared, always in the same way and always applying the same rules and criteria.

The bookDAPer's bDAP ecolabel consists of four different sections:

  • Environmental management: all the environmental certificates that companies involved in edition, design and/or printing of paper publications have are indicated.
  • Materials - Paper -: it collects the environmental certificates of the main material used in the publication, that is, all the environmental certificates of the paper used. It is to be anticipated that more materials will be included in this section in the future (eg. inks).
  • Good practices: all the verified good environmental practices of companies that have been involved in the edition, design and/or printing of the publication concerned will be mentioned.
  • Finally, the Ecological rucksack: the results of the calculation of the following environmental indicators related to the life cycle of the assessed publication are presented: carbon footprint (g CO2 eq.), generated wastes (g), water (L), energy (MJ) and raw materials (g) consumption.
The content of each of these four sections of the bDAP ecolabel is under the supervision and control of the bookDAPer's System verification team in order to guarantee the veracity and the correctness of the information declared by the companies that use the System. So, for instance: 1) the environmental certificates that companies declare they have must also provide their own number or code of certification or 2) the authorisation of the permit to declare the application or the consideration of a particular good environmental practise is conditioned to the previous sending of the required documentation proof and its verification.