Aug 1, 2008

World’s first certified carbon-neutral offset press from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG has begun production

The world’s first certified carbon-neutral Speedmaster XL 105-5+LX sheetfed offset press from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) has recently begun production operations at UD Print AG in Lucerne, Switzerland. The greenhouse gases produced in manufacturing the press have been calculated and offset. Environmental Management experts PE INTERNATIONAL took account of all relevant parameters, from extracting raw materials and material production to press manufacture, testing, and transportation to the print shop.
According to a study by PE, manufacture of a Speedmaster XL 105-5+LX equates to emissions totaling 320 tons of carbon dioxide. That is roughly one tenth of the volume of carbon dioxide generated each year from manufacture of print products on such a press, with the proportion of paper making up around 90 percent of the total carbon dioxide volume. Carbon dioxide emissions are offset through purchasing and cancelling 320 emission credits (1 = 1t CO2e) which come from the Te Apiti wind farm WWF Gold Standard CDM climate protection project in New Zealand. The project is in line with the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which is entrenched in Article 12 of the Kyoto Protocol.

In the future, Heidelberg will be offering this service to all its customers, who will be able to choose between "regular" Speedmaster XL 105 presses or those with a climate certificate. For all other presses, this service is available on demand. Heidelberg is thus the first mechanical engineering company to offer its customers a package of this type.


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