Gallus to be carbon neutral by Christmas
Label press manufacturer Gallus has pledged all its products will be carbon neutral by the end of the year, using the Kyoto gold standard carbon offsetting programme.
With production facilities in Switzerland and Germany, Gallus manufacturers a wide portfolio of conventional and digital narrow-web, reel-fed presses designed for the label and packaging business, with some 3,800 presses currently in the field. Next year will see the company celebrate its centenary.
For its carbon neutral pledge the company says that with such a dynamic business and diverse portfolio, the first project objective is to explore the way in which the presses are manufactured and calculate the related carbon emissions – assessing each step in the production process, from design and material selection to energy consumption and packaging.
The plan is then to compensate for the resulting CO2 emissions, adhering to the gold standard offsetting program. At the same time, a team is driving the company's decarbonisation through increased energy efficiency and the use of renewable energies to reduce scope 1 and 2 emissions.
Dario Urbinati, chief sales & service officer, Gallus Group, said, “As a business, we recognise that there really is no time to waste in bringing sustainability to the top of the agenda. It’s critical that we address our environmental impact with the same expertise, dedication, meticulousness, and speed that we do our print solutions. What’s more, we must ensure that we provide our customers and wider brands with the same confidence in our sustainability credentials as we do for every other aspect of our service.
“Over the last 10 months we’ve worked in alignment with Heidelberg’s corporate environmental programme. This has been built into the business at a practical level, enabling us to make conscious, informed decisions as to resourcing, management of facilities and to how we design and manufacture our presses. But we need to do more. So, while we are still at the start of this journey, ensuring that our products are carbon neutral in the future will be an important step in demonstrating our ambitions.”
In addition to its sustainability program, the business has a number of other transformative projects lined up, in order it says, to realise a new vision for its future, and to cement its next century of successful business and to effect positive change in the wider industry.
Dr Frank Schaum, CEO Gallus Group, concludes: “As we move forward into this new evolutionary phase of our business, our focus is on doing everything we can to build a more positive, sustainable future for the print and packaging market. The approach of the company’s centenary year has provided the ideal opportunity to reevaluate our processes and realign our priorities so that we are now making conscious, purposeful strides towards bringing this vision into reality.”