Ngo Anh Tuan, chairman of the Printing Association of HCM City, said that the kind of printing methods being used by businesses are the primary cause of pollution.
For the printing industry to develop sustainably and in an environmentally friendly way, businesses should invest in modern equipment and pay more attention to workers' welfare, he said.
Nguyen Chau Phong, a representative of Total Print Co. Ltd, said that environmentally friendly technologies that use fewer toxic substances could reduce the volume of water and electricity needed for printing.
Pham Tuan Vu, deputy head of the Department of Publishing, Printing and Distribution of the Ministry of Information and Communications, said the city's printing output accounted for around 65 percent of the country's, and that the annual revenue from printing was around $2 billion.
The printing industry in the city and the country has seen good growth of around 15-17 percent this year compared to the previous year.
Vu said the industry should decrease the amount of alcohol involved in offset printing while still keeping productivity and product quality.
The conference was held by the Department of Information and Communication and the Printing Association of HCM City on September 19.