Good for the environment and the company
Bundesdruckerei preserves the environment and creates a healthy and safe work environment for its employees. Find out more about Bundesdruckerei's integrated environmental management system.
Four figures – and what they mean
Bundesdruckerei is particularly committed to saving resources, not just energy, water and fuel, but also paper, ink and other materials. That’s because we want to protect the climate. But we also have to reduce costs and work efficiently.
We have set ourselves some ambitious goals. We analyze our consumption, identify potential for savings and define the correct measures. The management systems we use check our approaches each year and also undergo annual audits conducted by external bodies. The following section contains four exemplary milestones and describes how we reached them.
100 percent green electricity
We need a lot of electricity to run our production facilities and server infrastructure. In 2018, Bundesdruckerei and D-TRUST alone consumed around 25 gigawatt-hours of electricity – that’s as much as a small town with a population of less than 17,000 uses in a year.
To protect the climate and the environment, we are working hard to keep electricity consumption stable while increasing sales. We are also using electricity from renewable sources, i.e. from solar, hydro and wind power. We do not use any electricity from nuclear power stations or generated using coal, oil or natural gas.
20 percent less energy consumption
To reduce our consumption by 20 percent by 2020 compared to 2014, we need to know exactly how much energy we are using and what for. This is why our energy management system has been certified according to ISO 50001 since 2014.
Among other things, we monitor consumption using energy meters and systematically evaluate the results. Our production systems and building services require the largest share of electricity and heat. This creates the right environmental conditions for both employees and machines and it is where the greatest potential for savings can be found.
We are currently still slightly above the target value, but we are on the right path.
6,000 tons of CO2
Carbon dioxide emissions are primarily responsible for global warming and climate change. These emissions come from burning fossil fuels such as oil, natural gas or also coal, for instance, in order to heat buildings or enable mobility.
In fact, heating buildings and business trips by employees are the main sources of CO2 emissions at Bundesdruckerei. That’s why we are working hard to become better in these areas. In 2015, Bundesdruckerei, D-TRUST and BIS had already reached their CO2 goal. Our aim is therefore to keep our emissions stable at 6,000 tons of carbon dioxide until 2020 – even with sales on the rise.
15 percent fewer hazards
We use chemicals to manufacture our products and to maintain our plants. Some of these chemicals are hazardous substances, i.e. they can harm people and the environment. It is our duty to keep the risk to our employees as low as possible and to protect their health and also our environment.
That is why we check the hazardous properties of the substances or mixtures even before they are used, we study the manufacturer's instructions and observe exactly when, where and to what extent our employees are exposed to hazardous substances.
Our aim is to replace as many of these hazardous substances as possible with alternatives that are less harmful to health and the environment. By 2020, the number of hazards actually reported from these chemicals and mixtures is to be reduced by 15 percent.
Environmental management at Bundesdruckerei
For many years now, the company has complied with the requirements of the environmental management standard DIN EN ISO 14001. Embedded in an integrated system, industrial safety and health protection have been successfully confirmed according to BS 18001 OHSAS (which is currently being replaced by ISO 45001) and energy management according to DIN EN ISO 50001.
German Sustainability Code
Since 2012, Bundesdruckerei has been committed to the German Sustainability Code (DNK). This code makes the company's contribution to the environment, the economy and society both transparent and comparable. By signing the related declaration, the company declares that it accepts all the criteria that help to ensure entrepreneurial sustainability, for instance, greater use of natural resources.
The DNK database contains all declarations of conformity published to date, including Bundesdruckerei's current declaration on the German Sustainability Code from 2018.