For a number of years now, we have been committed to systematically protecting the environment and using sustainable and effective solutions that far exceed normal standards.
Having a permanent environmental management system in place in all areas of our Group that features emission-saving projects and far-reaching energy efficiency measures certainly isn’t something every company can lay claim to. For us, however, it is crucial to our commitment to sustainability and to our firm belief that environmental protection and cost-effectiveness are two sides of the same coin.
To keep our resource consumption as low as possible without compromising growth, we invest in cutting-edge technologies, environmentally friendly consumables that meet the highest quality standards, and a range of other practical measures, such as our certification with the Blue Angel, which is by far the most stringent and credible ecolabel in the printing sector today. These confirm our consistent commitment to quality and the environmentally friendly and energy-efficient production of our print products:
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The Blue Angel has been the ecolabel of the federal government of Germany for over 40 years and symbolises the protection of people and the environment. Currently the most stringent and credible ecolabel in the printing sector by far, it sets demanding standards for environmentally friendly products and helps consumers make sustainable purchasing decisions.
Print products carrying the Blue Angel DE-UZ 195 certification are produced in an environmentally friendly manner, use fewer resources, are printed with low-emissions techniques and consist predominantly of recycled paper.
Product certification in line with the criteria of the Blue Angel is evidence of the exceptionally ecofriendly approach we pursue throughout the entire print production value chain.
We prefer to work with FSC papers made from wood pulp sourced from sustainably managed forests, and are ourselves an FSC-certified company. The FSC seal guarantees compliance with high international ecological and social standards – so that forests remain intact for future generations.
Displaying the FSC logo on your print products is a credible means of documenting how you are helping to protect forests.
We are certified for climate-neutral printing. In line with our motto “avoid, reduce, offset”, we are lowering our CO2 emissions to the absolute minimum. The residual emissions are compensated for by purchasing and then cancelling legally binding, high-quality CO2 emission reduction certificates. Only using the best certificates and the highest standards ensures a real reduction in greenhouse gases and guarantees that your financial contribution is invested directly in climate protection projects.
Voluntary climate protection using climate-neutral print products is a credible way to promote your company’s image.
EMAS guarantees that a business is following the world’s highest environmental standards. It verifies that companies are meeting their obligations to protect the environment and are freely choosing to continuously improve their environmental performance – and to do so beyond statutory requirements. It is also based on ISO standard 14001 (environmental management), but takes this further with additional elements.
We regularly submit an environmental declaration that is assessed by an independent environmental auditor and provides transparent and verifiable evidence of our ongoing environmental activities and environmentally relevant consumption data.
As a result, we offer responsible print buyers the reassurance they can play an effective part in protecting the environment by producing their print products in our company.
The Druckstudio Group has been certified to the internationally recognised standard for environmental management (DIN ISO 14001) since 2011.This certificate is the globally recognised documentation that confirms a company’s active and successful commitment to environmental protection with a focus on ongoing improvement, reducing environmental impact and ensuring legal compliance.
The Druckstudio Group’s ISO 14001 certification shows customers, partners and the interested public that the company is environmentally responsible, minimises its environmental impact and organises its activities accordingly.
We meet 100% of our energy needs with green electricity, underlining our commitment to environmentally friendly energy. BusinessStrom Green direkt means highly eco-friendly and completely CO2-free renewable energy generated by Austrian hydropower plants. Stadtwerke Düsseldorf source green electricity directly from a certified plant operator, thus ensuring clear traceability.
The use of consumables such as printing plates, inks, coatings, adhesives, washing fluids and dampening solutions makes up a significant part of a print shop’s environmental footprint. In all areas of production, from pre-media and printing right through to postpress, we use Saphira Eco consumables from Heidelberg, a range that meets the most stringent environmental criteria in the print media industry. These products conserve resources, ensure consistent quality, and reduce emissions.
As the world’s first print shop to switch over to the Saphira Eco range, we meet and even exceed some of the highest industry standards and legal requirements – without ever compromising on print quality.
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In 2009, we took part in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia’s Ökoprofit environmental project and were officially certified as an “Ökoprofit company” in January 2010. As part of this project, we continue to review various ways of further reducing our consumption of resources and energy. For instance, as a result of installing a heat recovery system for our presses, we no longer require a single litre of fuel oil to heat our offices and production halls. We have also installed a photovoltaic system on our roofs and switched to green electricity.
Our well-documented and certified commitment to environmental protection and sustainability also helps our customers boost their credibility.
Following extensive research, Stiftung Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitspreis e.V. (German Sustainability Awards foundation) has selected us as a project partner for printing – and it has done so because of our sustainable corporate strategy.
Our commitment has seen us providing advice and support to the foundation in organizing German Sustainability Day since 2009, with print products, practical contributions and involvement in theme-based forums as part of discussion sessions. Each year, around 2,000 participants from business, politics, the media, research and civil society attend Germany’s leading conference on sustainable development and the evening awards ceremony. During the day, high-profile speakers and renowned experts present their positions on various aspects of CSR and sustainability. In the evening, the competition winners receive their awards at a gala event.
Our environmental achievements have also won several awards and been nominated for others.
At the high-profile Druck&Medien Awards in 2012, we were declared “the most eco-friendly print shop in Germany”.
The year before, we were shortlisted for the Heidelberg ECO Printing Award 2011 in the “Sustainable companies” category. This put us among the most sustainable print shops in the world.
These nominations, together with a range of earlier awards from independent international and national bodies, show that the issue of sustainability, in terms of ecology, economy and social commitment, isn’t just a passing trend for us – it is a principle we have been actively upholding for many years. At the same time, these awards motivate us to keep on improving our environmental management and continue to invest in new environmentally friendly technology.