Overcoming the contradiction between economy and ecology that has grown up over almost two centuries is no short-lived trend, but a simple necessity even in the medium term. Jungfer is breaking new ground too.
Key areas of action include improvements to energy and material efficiency. By investing in modern technology, we have already been able to make considerable advances in the past. The renovation of the machine park reduced electricity consumption in production by more than a third (-34% per 1,000 pages between 1990 and 2008], while air consumption was reduced by more than 25% (-26% per 1,000 pages between 1990 and 2008). With the introduction of the heat recovery system, we already began providing around 1,000 kW of energy for hot water and heating purposes across the company many years ago, achieving a carbon dioxide emissions saving of 1,600 tonnes a year. The world's first computer-controlled large-volume ink supply also led to wasted and environmentally harmful printing ink residue becoming a thing of the past. By 2007, we were already using alcohol-free printing and up to 80% of our products were being printed on recycled paper. PEFC and FSC certification was achieved in 2008.
The most recent milestone in our efforts is the implementation of the CO2-free printing process. This was made possible by fundamentally re-engineering our energy supply system and - in line with this - making radical changes to heatset drying and the recovery of resources.
We are also shouldering our responsibilities in the local region, however. For example through various projects relating to integrated training measures, through active collaboration to strengthen the region's status as a business location, or support for the Harz National Park.