Concerning environment and employee protection, we want to work and organize actively, take responsibility and be a pioneer and role model for others.
The conscious handling of nature and resources is a central concern for us and of course, an integral part of our business processes. Investments in modern technologies don’t just lead to the wanted increasing capacity, but also to the reduction of emissions and an even more efficient use of raw materials. The management of the group and its subsidiaries in Central- and Eastern Europe strive for common international standards of environment protection, also if these may be situated over the national standards of some countries. Furthermore, the printing houses of eds.group own all merchantable certifications, such as FSC®, PEFC™, EU-Ecolabel and partially also the very strict Blue Angel or even Nordic Swan-certification.
EU ECOLABEL certification
The EU Ecolabel is the in all of the EU states – as well as in Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland – well-known eco-label. The introduced in 1992 voluntary eco-label (included in EU regulation: EWG 880/92) has developed little by little to a reference for consumers who want to contribute in the reduction of environment pollution with an environmental-friendly purchase of products and services.
Sustainability of paper
The eds.group owns modern printing machines with inline regulation systems and a particular caution of employees for a lower paper waste. Thanks to the consequent application of PSO ISO 12647 at all locations we ensure besides a high printing quality also a minimal waste rate.
FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) stands for products that stem from ecologically and responsively cultivated forests. FSC avoids the uncontrolled deforestation of forests, violation of human rights, burden of the environment and provides for a sustainable forestry, in order to preserve forests for the long term.
PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes) is a system for the assurance of a sustainable forestry. The PEFC regulations get controlled by competent and independent organisations, who ensure that the forests are cultivated for the good of humanity and especially for following generations.
Protection of resources with recycling paper
Today recycled paper is nearly as white as fresh fibre paper and is suitable for almost any application. This preserves our forests because there mustn’t be felled any tree and the natural habitat for animals and plants won’t be threatened. Coming to ecological balance, recycled paper is partly controversial. Also, it’s about 50 percent more expensive than fresh fibre paper – the decision is up to our customers. We as PASSAVIA incorporate all of our wasted paper back into the recycling loop (https://www.agrapa.de/). Moreover, we represent the opinion that fresh fibre paper should as well be incorporated into the recycling loop to be reused up to eight times. Only then there can result recycled paper and the later for the online market very much needed packaging boxes. Following a study of the bifa environment institute lately published, for the sustainability of paper production fresh fibre also play an important role besides recycled fibre. (https://www.upmpaper.com/knowledge-inspiration/)
The study supported by the board of trustees for research and technology emphasises that even to a sustainable paper loop with a high recycling rate there have to be supplied fresh fibre for the cycle to function. Because of the loss of fibre during the recycling process, that isn’t possible only with recycled fibre. The joint effort of primary and recycled fibre allows the paper loop to be performing and sustainable simultaneously. That’s a perfect example for closed-loop economy.
Sustainablity of printing colours
In the eyes of the group a sustainable printing colour should be free from mineral oils and toxic ingredients and should ideally not require any special labelling. Also, the colours go along in their composition with their range of application. PASSAVIA uses in the standardized Skala-series solely colours free of mineral oils. If wanted, we also produce with „low migration“ colours for packaging or the „fair play“ series for games. Coming to protective lacquers, we only use water and oil-based lacquers. We usually discourage our customers from using foil lamination or the harmful UV lacquer.
Naturally without UV
PASSAVIA joins the industry initiative "Naturally without UV". We take an unequivocal stand against the trend of using UV-hardening colours in the printing production. UV-hardening colours are used to save the time during the printing process that standardized colours need to dry out completely. With "green-printing with LED" this printing method for new machines gets promoted. In fact, exactly the oppostite of ecological printing happens: before the completed hardening the colours are very harmful to health – people that produce or work with them are only allowed to do so under strict protective restrictions. Ink waste is considered as special waste and have to be disposed correctly. Also the contaminated paper have to be labelled as special waste, if the UV-colours and -lacquers don't harden completely during the printing process. As a result of this, these kind of papers can't be incorporated to the recycling loop: paper isn't a recyclable ressoure anymore, but special waste!
The deinking process that is used during the recycling of waste paper doesn't function with UV-hardened colours, so this paper can't be recycled. The problem is, that the consumers don't recognize the special kind of paper used in that process – they throw the paper into the normal paper bins.
Through the logo "naturally without UV" you can notice printeries that joined the initiative. More background information can be found at the International association of the Deinking Industry (INGEDE): http://pub.ingede.com/en/.
At PASSAVIA your print orders can be printed climate-neutral. There happens a compensation of greenhouse gases arising during the production of a print product. The produced amount of CO2 can be compensated with the environmental certificates. You want to print your order climate-neutral? We are happy to make an offer for you. As part of an environmental project with one of our notable customers, we undertake to reduce the carbon emissions of PASSAVIA to a minimum to support the international goal of limiting the global warming to a maximum of 2 degrees.
We use self-produced electricity of the photovoltaic system on our roof. Also, 70 percent of the purchased power stems from sustainable elictricity industry. After the sucessful certification for our energy management system following ISO 50001 through TÜV Süd at the end of 2016 we still work on our efficiency: already in 2017 the whole production section got provided with LED lighting systems. Thanks to that change the energy consumption could be reduced by 60 percent a year compared to the previous system. Other projects for the optimization of energy efficiency are for example the investments in techniques of heat recovery, a new compressor as well as new gates for the reduction of heat loss.
Bavarian Environment Pact
With the Bavarian Environment Pact the cooperative protection of nature between the Bavarian government and the Bavarian economy should be expanded further on and also the sustainable economic development should be ensured and promoted.
Climate-neutral delivery of goods
Meanwhile we let our packages and deliveries be transported climate-neutral for a small surcharge with the service „GoGreen“. The obtained proceeds are then used by DHL for projects to protect the environment, for example by the expanding of fleet with alternative fuels, supporting decentralized solar energy projects in India or a biogas plant in Leipzig, Germany.
The eds.group is certified according to the standards of FSC® (certificate number: SGSCH-COC-003859 / licence number: FSC-C022274).
FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) stands for products originated from sustainibly and responsibly cultivated forests. FSC® avoids the uncontrolled deforestation of the forests, violation of human rights and negative impacts on the environment. It ensures a sustainable forestry to preserve forests for the long term. At PASSAVIA, your orders can be processed environmentally conscious and as a result of that an active contribution to environmental protection is possible. The compliance of these standards gets controlled through annual audits.
Do you want to get your products printed according to these FSC standards? We would be happy to make a suitable offer for you.
More information available on: https://www.fsc.org/en.
The eds.group is also certified according to PEFC™ (certificate number: SGS-PEFC / COC-0430 / licence number: PEFC / 04-31-0970). PEFC™ (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes) is a system for the assurance of a sustainable forestry. The PEFC™ guidelines are supervised by qualified and independent organisations who ensure that the forests of the world are farmed in a responsible, eco-friendly way – not least fot the sake of the younger generations.
PASSAVIA facilitates an environmentally friendly printing process and makes a contribution to the protection of nature. The compliance of these standards gets controlled through annual audits.
Do you want to get your products printed according to these PEFC™ standards? We would be happy to make a suitable offer for you.
More information available on: https://www.pefc.org.
Blue Angel Certification
In the eds.group location at Eurodruk-Poznań: https://www.blauer-engel.de/de/produktwelt/unternehmen/eurodruk-poznań
Products and services who are certified with the Blue Angel are more sustainable than comparable, conventional products and services. Also if you want to produce flyers, catalogues, post cards and other printed products in high print volumes, you can orientate towards the Blue Angel: many printing houses offer particularly ecological printing products, who not only consist to a 100% of recycled papers, but are also produced with low-emission colours and lacquers combined with low-emission adhesives. Thanks to that, the pollution of waste paper gets reduced already at the source of production. That approach can be found at our location Eurodruk-Poznań in Poland.
Nordic Swan Certification:
The Nordic Swan is the eco-label of the nordic countries Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland. The label should help consumers to recognize and choose eco-friendly products. For being allowed to carry the label, the products have to comply to several standards – which gets controlled on a regular basis. In Scandinavia the Nordic Swan is even more popular than the Blue Angel Certification in Germany.