Committed to the environment

A company the size of WEISS-Druck does not just bear a high economic and social responsibility, we are also duty-bound when it comes to protecting the environment. We are happy to carry the weight of this responsibility and always act in line with the latest findings. Protecting resources, minimising emissions, water conservation and careful waste management have all enjoyed a high significance at WEISS for many years. And wherever we can improve, we adopt further measures to optimise our ecological balance.

At our production sites, environmental protection means using the latest machines and servicing them regularly. This leads to automatic savings in terms of electricity, ink and water consumption. Wherever possible, WEISS-Druck uses recycled paper or paper from sustainably managed forests. In order to minimise the amount of inks containing mineral oil in the future, we are also participating in a research project that is investigating resource-friendly ink alternatives for the production of high print runs using the heatset web offset procedure.

But at WEISS-Druck, environmental protection also means generating our own electricity in a highly efficient combined heat and power plant. If we produce more energy than we need, we feed it back into the public grid. The heat that is automatically generated in the combined heat and power plant is converted into cold air using special technology and subsequently used as energy-saving cooling for our printing machines. We collect rainwater in storage basins and allow it to naturally seep away on our land. And, when it comes to the sewerage system, WEISS-Druck puts nothing into the system other than conventional sanitary wastewater like the kind that comes from every private household.

Emissions

High-quality printing requires machines that produce some emissions. It is part of the operator's responsibility to neutralise these emissions and, thus, to act in as environmentally-friendly a way as possible. Web offset machines working in line with the heatset method in particular, as used by WEISS-Druck, are subject to special controls. According to the National Emission Protection Law (BlmSchG), they must be authorised by an external test institute upon installation and then authorised for further operation every subsequent three years. The reason: The machines use dryers in order to affix the print colours and coatings onto the paper. Toxic gases are created as a result of this drying process, and they only become harmless after a complex "afterburning" process. WEISS-Druck precisely monitors the functional efficiency of the machines in terms of their "thermal afterburning" on a consistent basis. The inspection stamp that we keep receiving is a guarantee that no harmful emissions are released into the environment as a result of our machinery.

Waste

At WEISS-Druck, responsible waste management primarily means avoiding waste; then recycling waste; and only then disposing of waste. We use raw materials, auxiliary materials and operating supplies as sparingly as possible. Waste that is created is carefully sorted by WEISS and fed into different recycling processes. It is only then that the remaining waste is disposed of.

Water conservation

Protecting natural bodies of water and the sewerage system: at WEISS-Druck this is a must! Despite the large company premises, we do not create any uncontrolled masses of water. Large quantities of rainwater that can accrue on the roofs of our buildings are directed into rainwater storage basins – ponds that have been created at the lower end of the premises at factory II. From there, they slowly seep into the groundwater without causing any erosion. No water is taken from these ponds in the case of fire. Should a fire occur, the quenching water is sourced from the numerous hydrants that have been set up across the premises in consultation with the fire service.

Combined heat and power plant

WEISS-Druck covers the majority of its electricity consumption from its own sources: In 2014 we launched a combined heat and power plant. We use it to create enough electricity to power around 9,400 private households.

Further information

Energy Management System

The energy policy ambition of Weiss-Druck is to reduce the energy consumption and to increase energy efficiency continuously.

For realization the energy targets Weiss-Druck has implemented an energy management system according to DIN ISO 5001.

We ensure that all requirements of this honored standard are transferred correctly and the processes are continuously improved within this energy management system.

After the final certification audit by TÜV Rheinland (Technical Control Board) we have received the certificate for energy management according to DIN ISO 5001 in autumn 2014.

With the energy management system Weiss-Druck is in a position to meet commitments in energy policy and to improve its energy performance using a systematic attempt continuously.

The Forest Stewardship Council ® (FSC ®) seal is used to label wood that is sourced from environmentally friendly, socially acceptable and economically sustainably managed forests. This applies to the wood's entire "product chain"; in other words, also for paper, and is tested by accredited certifying bodies.

Using various climate protection models, Naturoffice allows printing works like WEISS-Druck to offer their print customers printed matter that has been produced in a carbon-neutral way. The focus is on calculating the "carbon footprint" and on compensating for it by supporting climate protection projects.

The Blue Angel is the world's oldest environmental seal. Papers and printed products produced from these papers are distinguished based on a sparing use of resources. It also documents the innocuousness of consumer materials such as paints and inks.

As an alternative to the FSC ®, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes ™ (PEFC ™) is dedicated to sustainable forestry. The focus is on international, national and regional approaches along the wood "product chain".