We contribute to limiting global warming and its consequences on the basis of defined, science-based sustainable development goals (SDGs). Since 2017, we have reported annually on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the areas of building management, mobility/transport, material use and waste.
Responsible operational procedures
We reduce emissions
We save energy and use renewable sources
We invest in energy-saving lighting systems, in the latest truck technology with fuel-efficient engines and in systems that optimise routes and freight rates. And we motivate and train our teams with the aim of working in a way that saves energy.
We obtain our electricity almost entirely from climate-neutral renewable sources and cover our heating gas needs with biogas. This saves us over 1,400 tonnes of CO2 equivalent annually (German sites).
We focus on efficient use of resources
Solutions and services from our Logistics division help our customers to save energy, reduce emissions and thus minimise the carbon footprint of media production.
We save material
We are continuously working on reducing the use of materials in our offices and logistics. And we prefer to use recycled materials or materials from sustainable sources. Where possible and viable, we use packaging materials, e.g. pallets, several times.
We buy locally
We source 55 per cent of the products and services we trade in from countries where we have a presence ourselves. 97 per cent come from the EU. This reflects our efforts to achieve ecological advantages by sourcing goods close to our locations with shorter transport routes.
Responsible product range management
We minimise risks in the supply chain
With the “Inapa Supply Chain Monitoring Programme”, we subject our supply chains to effective risk management with the aim of excluding our direct or indirect involvement in illegal activities, violations of traditional or civil rights, destruction of nature or violations of the ILO Fundamental Principles. 52 suppliers and production sites are currently included in the programme. This corresponds to 91% of Inapa’s total paper purchasing volume. Target for 2024: > 95%.
We buy from certified sources
Inapa has been FSC® (FSC®-C003945) and PEFC™ (PEFC™/13-42-045)-certified since 2004, aligning the control of its paper and cardboard supply chains with the leading standards for sustainable forest management and product chain certification at an early stage. We source our papers exclusively from suppliers who have a certified due diligence system that excludes the import of illegal or problematic wood materials. In 2022, three-quarters of our paper products were FSC® or PEFC-certified or made from recycled material. That figure is expected to grow to 80% by 2023.
We want to provide reliable information
To enable buyers and consumers to base their purchasing decisions more reliably on verified environmental data, we have introduced the Inapa Eco Indicator. Printed on our packaging, it provides information about the sustainability of the wood fibre material used for the paper or pulp production and on the production-related impacts on the climate, water and soil.
We promote environmentally friendly products
We support the sale of environmentally friendly substrates and products as an integral part of our marketing strategy and report regularly on their development within the company.
Creating transparency - we provide reports
Since 2017, we have been reporting publicly on our environmental strategy, our environmental goals, measures and results. Based on recognised international reporting standards and meaningful key indicators. Please take a look at our current sustainability report and let us show you what we mean by responsible and environmentally focused action.
Environment: Frequently asked questions
Does the use of paper harm the environment and climate?
Paper and pulp production is an energy-intensive process with high water requirements. Papers made from wood-fibre-based pulp also require a lot of wood. These are factors that can have a negative impact on the environment and climate if production is not carried out in accordance with the principles of sustainability and the lowest possible environmental impact.
Wood is a natural and renewable material. Independent, recognised forestry certification systems ensure that the wood fibres come from sustainably managed sources.
Paper is one of the most recycled products in the world and represents a functioning model of the circular economy – production, use, recycling and reuse – like no other. The recycling rate for paper in Europe is 74%. 56% of the fibre raw material used in the European paper industry comes from recovered paper. For paper packaging, the recycling rate is even higher at 83%, ahead of metal, glass and plastic (European Paper Recycling Council, Monitoring Report, 2020, Eurostat, 2019).
Modern pulp/paper mills cover 60% or more of their energy requirements (electricity and steam) from thermal utilisation of biofuel from pulp production, which means they are climate neutral. By purchasing green energy from the grid, factories can achieve virtually climate-neutral production. (Cepi, Key Statistics, 2020).
Modern pulp/paper mills return over 90% of their water requirements to the environment thanks to elaborate purification processes resulting in water of drinking quality. Actual consumption has been reduced by 40%. (Cepi, Key Statistics, 2020)
These are all arguments that suggest paper has a positive environmental balance which is better than often assumed. Inapa promotes responsible paper consumption. Double-sided printing in the office and separate collection systems reduce costs and improve sustainability. Once a paper product has served its purpose, it can be placed in the recycling bin and collected for recycling along with other used paper products from businesses and households.
Are certificates helpful when making purchasing decisions?
Not least in view of the increasing orientation of purchasing decisions towards environmental criteria, environmental certificates also represent an important basis for decision-making in the case of paper. They should fulfil three requirements:
Clear, verifiable award conditions
Auditing/monitoring according to recognised procedural principles by independent third parties
Institutional separation of setting of standards and contract award review.
Is the eco-balance of recycled paper or paper based on alternative fibre materials better?
According to the Federal Environment Agency and other institutions, recycled paper has advantages in terms of environmental balance, material, water and energy consumption compared to virgin fibre paper. A study by the IFEU Institute confirms this, but also emphasises non-quantifiable parameters and the use of partly outdated emission values. The authors point out that functioning paper recycling requires a sufficient inflow of virgin fibre. So recycled paper alone is not enough, primary fibre is necessary.
Where can I get more information about the environment and paper?
Using keywords, you will find useful factual information on the topic there.
Many informative insights on the topic of paper (in German) and the environment are also provided by Media Mundo, an industry initiative for sustainable development in media production led by the Professional Association for Media Production (Fachverband Medienproduktion (f:mp.))
Always worth a visit is the Myths & Facts section of Two Sides. Two Sides is an initiative run by commercial enterprises from the graphic arts industry and serves to promote the responsible use of print and paper. The large number of verifiable facts provided here help to dispel many outdated prejudices.
Anyone looking for comprehensive facts and figures about the European paper industry need look no further than the CEPI, its trade association. A separate extensive section of the CEPI website deals with the topic of sustainability and the circular economy.
The website of the German Paper Industry Association not only provides access to extensive statistical material including raw material usage, energy consumption and emission figures. In the Positions and Issues section, you will find many cross-sector statements and position papers on key environmental issues. (Only available in German.)
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