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Drukkerij Bulckens is one of the few printing houses in Belgium that is completely CO2-Neutral. They obtained their first CO2-Neutral label in 2017 and have successfully managed to keep it since. To do this, Drukkerij Bulckens collaborates with environmental consulting company CO2logic to measure and reduce their CO₂-emissions.
Some of the key reduction actions that were done in the past years to reduce the emissions were a switch to 100% green electricity and reduction of gas emissions by minimizing heat loss and better regulation of temperature in production halls. This led in total to a reduction of 88% of their own (scope 1 and 2) emissions. When looking at the indirect (scope 3) emissions of Drukkerij Bulckens, it’s no surprise that the impact of the purchased paper is the main source of emissions (78% of total). Although it’s very difficult to work on these emissions since the paper is essential to the company’s activities, Drukkerij Bulckens managed to reduce the emissions per kg purchased by a staggering 32% by switching to less carbon intensive paper products, e.g. from woodcontaining to woodfree paper and from coated to uncoated paper. Apart from these impressive emission reductions, Drukkerij Bulckens also successfully manages to involve all its employees into this battle against climate change. Regarding mobility e.g. the company has realized impressive results regarding commuting emissions: through promotion of the use of company bikes and other incentives the amount of commuting by bike almost tripled since 2015!
Since currently it is not possible to source completely CO2-Neutral paper, Drukkerij Bulckens decided to take its full responsibility and offset its remaining emissions through the purchase of Certified Gold Standard carbon credits. Drukkerij Bulckens offsets 100% of their remaining emissions by supporting the Gyapa cookstoves project: in the rural areas of Ghana most families use conventional cooking methods, using solid fuels on open fires or rudimentary cookstoves. These are inefficient, unhealthy, and unsafe. Their negative impacts range from the extensive time and costs required for wood/charcoal collection to the negative impact on public health and environment. Ghana has a 60% decrease in its primary tropical forest, among other factors due to the need of charcoal. The aim of this project is for CO2logic and its partners to support the development and distribution of efficient cookstoves in order to save millions of trees, support families, boost economic activities and improve health conditions in Ghana.