Vogel Druck Goes Climate-Neutral This Year
Vogel Druck, a Bertelsmann Printing Group company based in Höchberg near Würzburg, aims to become climate-neutral this year. To this end, the printing company has adopted measures to avoid or reduce greenhouse gas emissions or compensate for them by investing in climate protection projects. Vogel Druck has long advocated for a resource-conserving approach to nature and the environment.
Vogel Druck, a Bertelsmann Printing Group subsidiary based in Höchberg near Würzburg in Germany, is moving forward on its path to becoming a “green” print shop and, starting this year, is making its company- and employee-related CO2 emissions climate-neutral. To this end, the company has launched a climate initiative to accompany the project under the heading: “Wir werden grün – packen wir’s an” (“We’re going green – Let’s do it”). The initiative includes a whole slate of measures to avoid, reduce and, if necessary, offset greenhouse gas emissions by investing in accredited climate protection projects. “This latest step towards climate neutrality at our site is the logical consequence of our many years of advocacy for a resource-conserving approach to nature and the environment,” says Jörg Kuchenmeister, Managing Director of Vogel Druck.
100 percent green electricity
As early as the 1990s, Vogel Druck was harnessing the waste heat generated by its presses for hot water and heating, and using mineral oil-free inks as the default in sheetfed printing. Vogel Druck was FSC and PEFC certified for the first time in 2009, and in 2014 was first audited for its energy management system in accordance with DIN EN ISO 50001:201. In 2015, the company was one of the first rotary offset printing plants in Germany to receive the “Blue Angel for printed products” award in accordance with RAL-UZ195.
Recent environmental protection measures include last year’s investment in an absorption chiller to reduce energy consumption, and the switch to electricity from fully renewable energy sources, which has been implemented since the beginning of this year. “The strong growth in environmental awareness among the general population, as well as the increased demand from our customers for printed products produced in an environmentally friendly manner, confirms us in our ‘green’ strategy of further advancing our efforts to protect the climate and the environment,” comments Kuchenmeister.