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  • 69115 Heidelberg
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  • Hilde Weisser
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Heidelberg is a Forerunner for Environmental Issues in the Print Industry

(PresseBox) (Heidelberg, ) 1990: At the 10th trade fair for print and paper (drupa), Heidelberg publishes a list of recommended environmentally friendly cleaning agents for presses for the first time. Official opening of the Research & Development Center in Heidelberg, which is equipped with its own environmental and chemical laboratory. The waste disposal center at the Amstetten site is put into operation.

1992: Heidelberg makes environmental protection one of its corporate objectives.

1993: Publication of the first Environmental Report, which is renamed the Sustainability Report in 2000/2001.

1994: Customers are provided with regular information on environmental protection in the form of the "Print & Environment" series of publications, for example: "Reduced-Alcohol Printing", "Safe and Cost-Effective Use of UV Technology" and "Environmental Protection at Heidelberg".

drupa 1995: Presentation of energy-saving water cooling for presses. Reduced-alcohol printing is demonstrated for the first time. Washup systems adapted to work with biodegradable washing fluid.

Ipex 1998: Low-waste automated ink supply.

1999: Former CEO Hartmut Mehdorn is named "Eco Manager of the Year" by WWF-Deutschland and the magazine "Capital".

Environmental protection is integrated systematically into the product development process.

2000: The principle of a fully automatic washing fluid recycling system is unveiled at drupa.

2001: Heidelberg is included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes STOXX and WORLD. The 1999/2000 Environmental Report wins the German Environmental Reporting Award. 65 major German companies took part in the contest which was organized by the Wirtschaftsprüferkammer (German Chamber of Auditors).

Speedmaster SM 102 receives the "Emission-tested" certificate from the Berufsgenossenschaft Druck und Papierverarbeitung (German Institution for Statutory Insurance and Prevention in the Printing and Paper Industry) at the TPG (trade fair for the printing industry in France).

At the same trade fair, the UV protocol is signed by the European institutions for statutory insurance and prevention in France, Germany and Great Britain. Heidelberg receives the CEFIC Award "Responsible Care" for its contribution.

Working in tandem with econcept, a Cologne consultancy agency for ecology and design, Heidelberg completes a two-year project investigating the development of environmentally friendly products. This project on the "Implementation of Ecological Product Design Concepts in Mechanical Engineering Companies" was promoted by the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (German Federal Environmental Foundation).

2002: The 2000/2001 Sustainability Report is awarded first place in the "German Environmental Reporting Awards" by the Wirtschaftsprüferkammer (Chamber of Auditors).

Heidelberg unveils its peripherals in the form of the Star System. Each Star module provides environmentally sound solutions and cost savings.

2003: The Environmental Information Center (EIC) is opened in the foyer of the company’s head office in Heidelberg. The aim of the EIC is to provide customers and other interested parties with clear information on the subject of printing and the environment.

Speedmaster CD 74 is the first press to be awarded the Berufsgenossenschaft’s "Optimized UV Printing" certificate.

Heidelberg stages a workshop on "Sustainable Solutions in the Print Industry" at the first World Printing Technicians' Conference, which is held in cooperation with the IGAS trade fair.

A new Environmental Information Center demonstrating how the Star peripherals can save resources is presented at drupa.

2006: A new Environmental Information Center is opened in Heidelberg.

Heidelberg unveils its new generation of Star peripherals - the 3000 series. This generation of devices makes production processes more environmentally friendly and cuts costs.

2007: In cooperation with the TU Darmstadt, Heidelberg develops an intranet-based environment portal for product development that provides developers with information on relevant aspects of environmental protection at the touch of a button.

One of the most frequently used dampening solutions for reduced-alcohol offset printing (Substifix AF) is based on an idea devised by a Heidelberg employee.

Certification of the development and production sites of Heidelberg:

Amstetten: Production started in 1985
EMAS from 1996 to 2002
ISO 14001 since 2002

Brandenburg: Production started in 1992
EMAS from 1999 to 2002
ISO 14001 since 2002.

Wiesloch-Walldorf: Production started in 1957
EMAS from 1998 to 2001
ISO 14001 since 2001

Today, 9 of the 15 Heidelberg Group sites are certified to ISO 14001.

Explanation of the abbreviations:

EMAS: Eco-Management and Audit Scheme, also known as the EU eco-audit or eco-audit. EMAS was developed by the European Union and is a voluntary initiative comprising environmental management and eco-audits designed for organizations who want to improve their environmental performance. The EMAS Regulation places a lot of emphasis on businesses taking responsibility for implementing measures that have a direct and indirect impact on the environment.

ISO: International Organization for Standardization

IGAS: International Graphic Arts Show

CEFIC: European Chemical Industry Council