For more than 20 years Heidelberg has been setting a high standard for environmental protection.
Heidelberg stands for commitment to the environment, sustainable and innovative print. As a Heidelberg customer, you rightly expect us to continuously improve our products and services. We consider reviewing our impact on the environment a natural extension of this process. That is why, in addition to the internal team that implements our environmental policy, we invite independent third parties each year to inspect our European production and development sites and certify them as ISO 9000 and ISO 14001 compliant. For detailed information on our other certifications and environmental management programs, please visit the links below.
The project's core element is the afforestation of an area that lies fallow and is exposed to erosion and desertification. During afforestation, a mixed forest of exclusively indigenous tree species will be planted on a surface of 1,000 ha in a nature conservation zone. The afforestation enables the creation of a self-regulating ecosystem.
In October 2012, a cogeneration plant was taken into service at the company's largest production site in Wiesloch-Walldorf, Germany. In the future, this plant will cut the site's energy costs by 10 percent and save 3,700 metric tons of CO2 each year. Since February 2012, the Amstetten site, which is home to the foundry, has been operating an energy management system certified to DIN EN ISO 50001. Ongoing projects aimed at reducing and recycling waste, putting resources and energy to efficient use, and cutting CO2 emissions are all helping the company as it strives to implement ecological production.
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) supports the Blue Competence sustainability initiative of the German Engineering Federation (VDMA). Blue Competence networks the mechanical and plant engineering sectors in the field of sustainability and pools resources, know-how, and strengths of the VDMA. Within the association various VDMA bodies and other organizations from the mechanical and plant engineering sectors are involved. Individual companies and institutions are also able to take an active part in the initiative.
Heidelberg has got a comprehensive sustainability concept which is firmly established in its strategic agenda. This is not only applicable to our products but also to the way we manufacture our products.
The waste recycling rate at the Wiesloch-Walldorf site, for example, is currently 99.2 percent - an impressive figure that is only possible with the full commitment of all staff. Other projects that aim to minimize the company's environmental impact include lead-free soldering, dry processing without cooling lubricants, and the switch to returnable containers for material deliveries. Ecological and environmental objectives normally are not mutually exclusive. Most of the time it is possible to combine the two. This is true also for our important environmental innovation: Our cogeneration plant at Wiesloch-Walldorf site.
Heidelberg supports the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Therefore we use paper from sustainable forests in our demonstration rooms and printed products. In our Print Media Center, we use only FSC-certified paper. In addition, we also favor paper products with high recycled content.
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