ClimatePartner is our partner
ClimatePartner, one of the leading climate protection solution providers for companies, supports us in offering climate neutral print products: from calculating and offsetting carbon emissions to clear product labeling with ID numbers.
Learn more at www.climatepartner.com.
How does climate neutral printing work?
Climate neutral printing means the carbon emissions generated by your print order are offset. Print products are rendered climate neutral in three steps:
- Calculating the emissions
We have calculated the relevant carbon emissions of our print shop, reduced them as much as possible, and can calculate the emissions generated by individual print runs.
The carbon footprint of print products is calculated based on factors such as materials, production, and logistics.
- Offsetting the emissions
Carbon offset projects avoid or sequestrate emissions through measures such as afforestation or the replacement of fossil fuel technologies. By supporting one of these projects, you can offset the carbon emissions from a print order.
All projects are certified according to the highest international standards, meaning that you can be sure the measures are being implemented on site.
- Tracking the carbon offset
You obtain full transparency thanks to the climate neutral label featuring a unique ID for your order: By entering the ID at www.climatepartner.com, you can find information on the emissions generated by your printed items and the carbon offset project you are supporting.
Advantages of climate neutral print products
Climate neutral print products offer a wide range of advantages:
By purchasing climate neutral products, you are contributing to global climate protection and supporting recognized carbon offset projects.
The climate neutral label on your print products shows your commitment to climate protection and increases the credibility of your sustainability strategy.
A climate neutral label featuring a unique ID for your order guarantees transparency: You can use the ID to track and communicate the offset of a calculated emissions volume.
The carbon offset projects are audited and certified according to international standards and demonstrably reduce emissions. Additional peace of mind is guaranteed by the TÜV Austria certification for the process ClimatePartner uses for offsetting carbon emissions.
Climate neutrality does not create any extra work for you. We calculate your order’s emissions, perform the carbon offset, and provide you with the climate neutral label.
Experience has shown that the carbon offset for your climate neutral print products costs about an additional 1 to 2 percent.
With ClimatePartner, a leading climate protection solution provider for companies, we have a strong partner at our side for realizing climate neutral print products.
The principle of climate neutrality
Processes and products are termed “climate neutral” when their carbon emissions have been calculated and offset by supporting recognized carbon offset projects. In addition to avoidance and reduction, offsetting carbon emissions represents an important step in comprehensive climate protection.
Greenhouse gases like CO2 disperse uniformly throughout the atmosphere, which means the concentration of greenhouse gases is approximately the same all over the planet. Thus, the location on Earth where emissions are generated or saved is irrelevant when it comes to the global concentration of greenhouse gases and the greenhouse effect. That is why emissions that cannot be avoided locally can be mathematically offset at another location. This offset is realized through carbon offset projects.
Carbon offset projects
Carbon offset projects demonstrably save greenhouse gases through activities such as afforestation or renewable energies. Independent organizations such as TÜV, SGS, PwC, and others check the exact volume saved. The project operator can finance the project through the sale of certified emission reductions. Only projects requiring additional financial support are recognized as carbon offset projects.
Criteria for carbon offset projects – Version 1
In addition to saving emissions, carbon offset projects have to meet four fundamental criteria: additionality, permanence, exclusion of double counting, and third-party auditing.
Carbon offset projects must meet internationally recognized standards. The most important criteria here are:
- a) Additionality
It must be ensured that the project can only be realized if it receives additional financing through emissions trading. This means the project must be reliant upon emissions trading in order to cover its financial needs.
- b) Exclusion of double counting
It must be ensured that the carbon emissions saved are only counted once — by the certificate owner. In particular, this means that certificates may only be sold once and then have to be retired.
- c) Permanence
Emissions savings must take place permanently. For example, carbon sequestration in forests must be long-term in nature. A reforested area that is turned back into a livestock pasture through slash-and-burn farming a few years later cannot receive recognition as a carbon offset project.
- d) Auditing on a regular basis by independent third parties
Carbon offset projects must be audited in regular intervals according to the criteria listed above. Independent third parties such as TÜV, SGS, or PwC perform these audits. Audits like these retroactively determine the actual volume of carbon emissions saved.
You’ll find a selection of carbon offsets projects from the ClimatePartner portfolio at www.climate-project.com.
ClimatePartner is a leading solutions provider for corporate climate protection. Together with its clients, ClimatePartner implements customized solutions for calculating and offsetting CO2 emissions to achieve climate neutrality for companies, services and products. ClimatePartner also advises companies on climate protection strategies and reduction measures.
As part of this process, ClimatePartner ensures transparency through a clear labeling system that is anchored in an IT solution certified by the Austrian technical inspection authority (TÜV Austria). ClimatePartner is considered to be the inventor of the climate neutral printing process and participated in the creation of ISO 16759 for carbon footprinting for print products.
For offsets, ClimatePartner develops its own carbon offset projects and offers a broad portfolio of recognized carbon offset projects in cooperation with a global network of partners.
Founded in 2006 in Munich, the company has 30 staff members in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, as well as over 1,000 clients. ClimatePartner works closely with environmental associations and provides expert opinions on various international committees.
Learn more at http://www.climatepartner.com.