Heidelberg sets up in-house environmental panel
Heidelberg announced its commitment to become climate neutral by 2030. To help achieve this goal, the company has set up an Environmental Social Governance (ESG) panel, which is responsible for developing strategy and defining, implementing, and monitoring the associated measures.
The panel is headed by Dr. Eva Boll, who reports directly to the CEO.
“Heidelberg is well aware of its responsibilities regarding the dangers posed by global climate change and affirms the 1.5-degree target of the Paris Agreement,” said CEO Rainer Hundsdörfer . “For many years, we have been actively working to gradually minimize harmful emissions and reduce the health and environmental impact of our sites. We have now made a further commitment to ensuring our worldwide production and distribution sites are operating on a climate-neutral basis by 2030, which is earlier than required by legislation.”
To achieve this goal, Heidelberg has already defined several measures and started to roll them out.
Initially, the focus is on increasing energy efficiency at all production and distribution sites and supplying these sites with green energy. This alone will lead to a clear reduction in CO2 emissions. The company will then use emissions certificates to offset the residual, unavoidable emissions.
Heidelberg subsequently aims to achieve complete climate neutrality at its sites without the use of emissions certificates by 2040 at the latest.
Holistic ESG sustainability strategy – more than just climate neutrality
The ESG sustainability strategy at Heidelberg extends far beyond the issue of climate neutrality.
“Heidelberg has made a commitment to sustainable HR management geared toward issues such as new work, demography management, inclusion and diversity, health management, and employer branding,” said Marcus A. Wassenberg, CFO and Chief Human Resources Officer at Heidelberg. “After all, a growing number of financial market players are putting more emphasis on sustainability management as a key criterion for future investment decisions.”
Human rights issues and environmental considerations are also to be anchored throughout the entire value chain, which includes all the suppliers to the Heidelberg Group.
“Heidelberg takes a holistic view of sustainability management and factors in all aspects, such as climate and environmental protection with regard to the production and use of its products, and social criteria,” said Dr. Boll. “Over the coming weeks and months, we will be continuing to work step by step on the catalog of criteria and planned measures. By the end of the current financial year, we will create a road map with interim targets for the years ahead. The environment, cost-efficiency, and social responsibility will all go hand in hand.”
All in all, the global trend toward climate and environmental protection and sustainability is also opening up new growth opportunities for Heidelberg.
The topic of sustainability has been a core aspect of corporate strategy at Heidelberg since the early 1990s. The company has had an accredited environmental management system in place since 1996 and has been certified to ISO 14001 since 2001.
Since November 2021, Heidelberg has also been the first folding machine manufacturer worldwide to make all machines from the Ludwigsburg plant CO2-neutral.
In terms of its portfolio, Heidelberg is developing environmentally friendly and reliable products for all stages in the life cycle, i.e. in relation to production, operation, disposal, and recycling.
In addition, Heidelberg has also joined several sustainability initiatives, including the Blue Competence sustainability initiative of the VDMA, and most recently the CEOs bekennen Farbe initiative, which promotes the use of recycled paper, the 4evergreen forum, which is designed specifically for the packaging sector, and the Healthy Printing initiative.