Reducing and avoiding CO2 emissions becomes increasingly important for ecologically orientated print shops.
HEIDELBERG is the pioneer when it comes to ecology.

The Principle of carbon offsetting

According to current scientific knowledge, the emission of greenhouse gases is mainly responsible for the climate change. The most relevant greenhouse gas is carbon dioxide (CO2). Further greenhouse gases defined in the Kyoto Protocol are calculated in CO2 equivalents (CO2e). The most important greenhouse gas emissions are generated by the combustion of fossil fuels.

Calculation model

Following international eco-balance standards HEIDELBERG - in co-operation with the TU Darmstadt (Darmstadt University of Technology) - has elaborated a method for precisely calculating the CO2 footprint of printing presses.

The carbon footprint of your printing press is calculated according to the "cradle-to-gate" principle, i.e. without taking into account transport to your print shop. It is based on a detailed analysis of energy consumption and transport needs, as well as on the percentage of the various materials with their specific CO2 footprint. In this case, not only the CO2 emissions caused during the production at HEIDELBERG will be taken into consideration, but also those of the suppliers. Depending on the equipment, approx. 260 tons of carbon dioxide are generated during the manufacturing of a Speedmaster XL 106-6+L. The percentage inherent to the material and the energy needed for production tends to be equal. The material's largest CO2 driver is not the steel, but the electronic components.

The Fraunhofer Institut UMSICHT certifies that Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG calculates the CO2 footprint for manufacturing printing presses according to the rules.


Greenhouse gas emissions generated during the manufacturing of a printing press are compensated by purchasing climate protection certificates which correspond to the Carbon Footprint of the press. The emission credits or certificates are attributed to specific climate protection projects. HEIDELBERG has decided to obtain certificates which are certified according to the Gold standard.

Our "Equipment CO₂ compensated" label

Emphasizing climate protection is crucial for future business growth, and our "Equipment CO₂ compensated" label, showcasing the machine's carbon offsetting alongside the HEIDELBERG logo, underscores your print shop's ecological commitment while enhancing its distinctiveness.

Sustainability @ HEIDELBERG

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