Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is taking its
environmental commitment to the next level. Customers can now have
all postpress equipment for commercial printing supplied with
carbon offsetting. This includes the folding machines and
deliveries of the Stahlfolder TH / KH family in all working widths,
all Stitchmaster ST 100, ST 350, ST 450, and ST 500
saddlestitchers, and the entire family of Eurobind adhesive binders
comprising the Eurobind 600, Eurobind 1300, and Eurobind Pro.
Heidelberg calculates the amount of greenhouse gas generated
during manufacturing and shipment on a customer-specific basis and
purchases a climate certificate to offset the relevant amount of
The sum paid supports a climate protection project in the African
country of Togo. Heidelberg has been offering this service for all
its presses for more than a year now. Here, too, projects in Togo
are the beneficiaries. This initiative enables print shops and
postpress businesses to demonstrate their green credentials to
They receive the certificate along with the specific machine
to which it relates. If the machine is resold in the future, the
certificate can still be used. Heidelberg pays NatureOffice for the
certificate and the TÜV-approved climate protection
organization then uses the proceeds to support climate protection
projects in Togo. A number of trees corresponding to the amount of
the greenhouse gas
generated during the machine's manufacture and shipment are
planted in a protected reforestation area. Over their lifetime,
these trees will remove the same amount of
from the atmosphere in the form of biomass.
A small contribution with a big impact - costs equivalent to
around 0.1 percent of the purchase price
The additional cost of a climate certificate when
purchasing a postpress machine is comparatively low, amounting only
to around 0.1 percent of the total purchase price. For a
combination folding machine in the 70 x 100 centimeter (27.56 x
39.37 inch) format, an average of ten metric tons of
is generated, which results in an offsetting cost of EUR 200. In
this particular case, 27 trees are planted.
Customers already benefit from service unique in the industry
One of the first customers to purchase climate-neutral
postpress equipment from Heidelberg is the Austrian family business
Bösmüller, which has around 75 employees.
"We have been offering our customers carbon offsetting for
their print products for some time now, and the demand is growing
steadily," says Managing Director Doris
Wallner-Bösmüller, explaining the reasoning behind her
environmental investment. "Climate protection is a focal point
throughout our company. It also plays an important role in our
long-term investment decisions. To date, Heidelberg is the only
company that can supply postpress equipment with carbon offsetting.
We have decided on a Stitchmaster ST 450 saddlestitcher and a
Stahlfolder KH 66 folding machine. Naturally, the main priority is
to ensure that the two new machines cover our production
requirements, but the fact that Heidelberg supports our climate
protection ambitions is a bonus. We are increasingly factoring such
considerations into our investment decisions," she adds.
With the addition of postpress equipment, Heidelberg is
systematically expanding its portfolio of products that benefit
from climate-neutral production and also simplifying internal
production processes. "It was important to us from the outset that
climate-neutral thinking and actions should also be part and parcel
of our day-to-day work processes. As a result, it's now just as
easy to configure and supply a climate-neutral machine as any other
series machine. Our aim is to make climate-conscious development
and marketing of our products the daily norm," says Christian
Elsner, Product Manager with Heidelberg Postpress Commercial.
Doris Wallner-Bösmüller offers her
customers the option of climate-neutral print products. Her print
shop is one of the first to have purchased a carbon-offset
Stitchmaster ST 450 saddlestitcher from Heidelberg.
"Heidelberg supports our climate protection
ambitions," says a delighted Doris Wallner-Bösmüller.
Both the Stitchmaster ST 450 and the Stahlfolder KH 66 folding
machine benefit from carbon offsetting.
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