Marabu to be climate neutral from July 2021
03 July 2021: Marabu is one of the first ink manufacturers to achieve climate neutrality. All Marabu Business Units will, where possible, make a specific contribution to achieve the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with PROJECT GREEN and therefore participate in the Green Deal.
“We are safeguarding the future of the next generations and are proud that we have managed to be a climate neutral company from July 2021 with the Tamm and Bietigheim sites. All our products, whether printing inks or creative colours, are climate neutral, too,” explains York Boeder, CEO Executive Committee. “Our so-called PROJECT GREEN combines all measures that are taking us on our journey to climate neutrality. Climate protection is a particular concern for us, to which we have made a binding commitment within the scope of an extensive sustainability strategy. In accordance with our Marabu Green Deal, we avoid and reduce emissions wherever possible. We have therefore set ourselves the active goal of reducing our CO2 emissions by another 25 % by 2030.”
Marabu has worked with Climate Partner to analyse all the CO2 emissions from the sites in Tamm and Bietigheim and determine its carbon footprint. Including all product-related factors such as raw materials and logistics, Marabu currently generates approx. 18,500 tons of unavoidable CO2 emissions. This value is the positive result of a number of climate-friendly measures pursued by Marabu, such as the early switch to green electricity in 2007.
Marabu’s main activities to avoid and reduce CO2 emissions
# Energy – by switching to green electricity from hydropower, Marabu eliminates almost 2,000 tons of CO2 every year, the equivalent of the annual CO2 footprint of 175 German citizens.
# Mobility – electromobility is the future. In view of this, Marabu are continuously investing in the migration of company vehicles to electric and hybrid cars as well as in e-charging stations. They support home office and ‘cycle to work’ initiatives. We are replacing laborious business trips with productive online conferences.
# Production – in there production facilities, they use renewable energies and resource-efficient production processes. They use water treatment and solvent recovery as well as open-air cooling and low power cooling systems.
There Packaging protects the products, presents the contents and is impressively durable. Whether glass, aluminum, cardboard or plastic, the use is carefully weighed up according to the principle: as little material as necessary, as much recycling as possible.
# Raw materials – In in-house laboratories, experts conduct daily research to replace critical substances with environmentally friendly alternatives for new and existing products.
# Transporting – green transportation is already part of the climate strategy. Climate-neutral freight carriers and lower-emission transport methods like shipping or road transport replace air freight wherever possible.
# Product technology – They have been developing modern, low-emission products for decades. Tests in independent laboratories and test centers confirm there commitment to responsible products. The proportion of water-based systems for there creative colours is already over 90% plus we are working hard to develop new formulations based on renewable raw materials. In the printing inks division, they expect to be able to increase the proportion of water-based systems by more than 300% over the next 5 years. I
In China, we support the biogas project in Haikou. And successfully so: 15,555 small farmers have so far been able to set up small biogas systems for their own use. The resulting gas covers all of an household’s heating requirements.