Partnership with Offsetters is good for both business and the environment
VANCOUVER, Jan. 18, 2012 /CNW/ - Just two years after introducing Zero,
a carbon-neutral printing program, Hemlock Printers has reached the
major milestone of printing 6 million individual carbon-neutral pieces
and, in the process, offsetting more than 1,700 tonnes of greenhouse
Zero was introduced to the marketplace in 2009 in partnership with
Offsetters, Canada's leading carbon management solutions provider.
Under the program, Hemlock's clients can opt to offset the emissions
associated with their print job, rendering the project carbon neutral.
Since the launch of Zero, Hemlock has worked with more than 170 unique
clients to print more than 465 carbon-neutral projects.
"It's a privilege for all of us here at Offsetters to work with the
top-notch team at Hemlock Printers, a company hailed as Canada's most
environmentally progressive printer for six consecutive years," said
Kari Grist, Offsetters, senior vice president of marketing and client
engagement. "Since 2008, we've helped Hemlock achieve and maintain
their carbon-neutral status and launch the Zero program - two major
milestones on the journey to become, one day, the world's greenest
To calculate what it would take for a print project to become carbon
neutral, Offsetters has worked with Hemlock to calculate the carbon
emissions from the paper's lifecycle (based on weight, grade and
recycled content), as well as the emissions associated with
transportation of the paper. Based on these calculations, Zero
participants can offset their climate impact with an investment in
high-quality renewable energy and energy efficiency projects that
achieve tangible reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
Hemlock's sustainability initiatives have been good for both the
environment and for business. Richard Kouwenhoven, senior vice
president of customer service and business development, credits
Hemlock's carbon neutrality and green reputation as the reason for his
company success at winning both large contracts over industry
competitors as well as a number of awards, including the inaugural
international Heidelberg Eco Printing Award for Most Sustainable
Printing Company and the Capital Regional District of Victoria's
EcoStar Award for Corporate Social Responsibility.
"The response to this program has been incredible, having been adopted
by a very diverse range of customers both in Canada and the United
States," said Kouwenhoven. "Thanks go to these customers for their
commitment. We look forward to the evolution and expansion of this
program in the years ahead."
To learn more about Hemlock Printers or Offsetters and how other
organizations are benefitting from managing their climate impact, visit
www.hemlock.com or www.offsetters.ca.
About Hemlock Printers
Hemlock Printers is one of the largest commercial printers in the
Pacific Northwest, and is a professionally managed, privately owned
family enterprise that has built its success on service integrity,
quality products and a commitment to continuous innovation. With a
production facility in Burnaby, British Columbia that operates 100 per
cent carbon neutral, and offices in Victoria, Seattle and San
Francisco, Hemlock is consistently recognized as an industry leader in
both quality and sustainability. For more information, visit www.hemlock.com.
Offsetters is Canada's leading carbon management solutions provider, based in Vancouver,
BC. Founded in 2005, the company helps organizations and individuals
understand, reduce, and offset their climate impact. Offsetters was the
first official supplier of carbon offsets in the history of the Olympic
movement (Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games).
Offsetters is proud to assist leading organizations manage their carbon
footprints including Harbour Air, Vancity, and Aimia (formerly Groupe
Aeroplan). For more information and a full list of all of Offsetters
clients and achievements, visit www.offsetters.ca.
SOURCE Offsetters Clean Technology
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