Gallus has pledged to make all its products carbon neutral by the end of 2022 by monitoring how their presses are manufactured and calculating the related carbon emissions.

The plan is to compensate for the resulting carbon dioxide emissions, adhering to the gold standard offsetting programme, all whilst a team drives the company’s decarbonisation through increased energy efficiency and the use of renewable energies to reduce scope 1 and 2 emissions.

Gallus, which will celebrate 100 years in business in 2023, has partnered with climate specialist Forliance to offset the remaining emissions from its production process and develop into one of the first narrow web press manufacturers to become carbon neutral.

Michael Sahm, director climate change strategy at Forliance, said, ‘Climate change is increasingly becoming a stress test for print manufacturers and their business models – and for some, it’s one of their biggest challenges they face. But a well-planned corporate climate solution can turn climate change related risks and headaches into tangible opportunities.

‘For Gallus, we’re confident that we have the right strategy in place to meet its objectives by following the Kyoto protocol gold standard. This will ensure a meaningful environmental change for the business, its customers, and lay the foundations for future aspirations.’

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. The company employs around 300 people worldwide, with over 1,250 customers and more than 3,800 presses in the field.

Dario Urbinati, chief sales and service officer at Gallus Group, added, ‘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 program. 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.’

Dr Frank Schaum, CEO Gallus Group, said, ‘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.’