We are committed to the environment

Clean water and natural fibres form the Foundation of our success for more than 430 years. Our fine papers are unthinkable without these precursors. That is why we are committed to the environment particularly us Here you will find our environmental statement and facts about our paper production. In addition, we inform about our environmental initiative Green Rooster.

Environmental statement

Hahnemühles environmental responsibility cannot be separated from the company's history. Our production site is located in the middle of a centuries-old cultural landscape with natural habitats. The closeness to nature shapes our actions and therefore

  • We have built on closed material cycles in the production of paper
  • We put stricter standards on the quality of our process and waste water, as is required by law
  • We give the preference to the use of recycled raw materials where this is possible without loss of quality (E.g. block rear wall, giant in shock, or roller sleeves)
  • We include only primary fibres, which were not treated with bound chlorine
  • We view that pulp obtained by us originates from sustainable cultivation (certified according to FSC, PEFC and similar)
  • We use rapidly renewable raw materials (bamboo, bagasse *)
  • We bring all waste to a recycling
  • We use only electricity from water, wind- and solar energy
  • We use only natural gas to produce our process heat
  • We continuously monitor environmental protection regulations by a company officer

* A by-product of sugar cane production that is usually burned

Facts about paper making

Mainly water, fibre and energy are needed for the manufacture of our papers. These valuable resources we use as gently and sparingly as possible. 


We use pure spring water from the Solling Mountains for the production of fine papers. More than four centuries ago, the availability of clear water was the main reason for the establishment of our paper mill. To date, it has drinking water quality. A large part of the water is captured in the production cycle and reinstated. Our wastewater is not contaminated with pollutants and returns to the natural water cycle. As bordering a nature reserve pursuant to the European flora fauna Habitat Directive (FFH area) we meet the highest requirements of the environmental impact of our production. A study of the PTS Foundation Munich certifies us above all economical and responsible dealing with water.

Fibrous materials

Our product portfolio includes more than 500 different artist papers, filter papers and technical papers for industrial and medical purposes. Ensuring high purity of the paper, no waste paper can be used for the production. We use pulp from 20 of different deciduous and coniferous tree species and focus on raw materials from sustainable forest management. A large part of our worldwide suppliers are certified - for example, according to the guidelines of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

Another commodity is linters (very soft and aging-resistant fibres from the seed pod of the cotton plant). This we use in six different varieties.

Raw materials for our 'green' papers are rapidly renewable bamboo fibres or bagasse pulp, a residue of sugar cane production, which would otherwise burned. We ascertain that the acreage of these raw materials were not created at the expense of tropical forests.


Paper production is energy-intensive and electric power our main energy source. Since January 1, 2009, we cover our electricity exclusively from renewable energy sources (water, wind and solar energy). The electricity comes neither from nuclear nor from coal -, gas - or oil-fired power stations. Thus we avoid CO2 emissions by over 3,000 tonnes per year. A value which makes us proud and is broadly in line with our annual production of paper.

We generate heat with natural gas and recover waste heat where this is reasonably possible. Our heating system is below the approved limit values for emissions by 40%.


Cut-offs incurred and remains in our production we return immediately to the production cycle as far as this is possible. Where this is not possible, we collect remnants of paper and submit it to other processors. Hence we have hardly any production waste.

For our packaging we only use material which can be reused.

Green Rooster – Hahnemühle supports environmental projects

Green Rooster supports selected environmental projects since 2008. To date we donated more than €130,000 to various environmental initiatives. And we will donate more: 5% of our proceeds from securities with the green rooster sticker.

Donations for Elephant Orphans in Kenya

Hasselblad Masters photographer Joachim Schmeisser and his Gallery Immagis teamed up with Hahnemühle for a good cause on the occasion of photokina 2016. Hahnemühle donated the proceeds from the sale of the sample packs of her Digital FineArt papers to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya.

An iconic elephant portrait got a lot of attention at the photokina stand of Hahnemühle. Printed on a signature paper from the Hahnemühle Digital FineArt Collection, the German Etching, the painterly and three-dimensional animal portrait had been a good promotion for the exclusive sample packs with all Hahnemühle papers. Record suspicious 3000 packs were sold. Hahnemühle raised the proceeds to € 30,000 from the environmental program 'Green Rooster', thereby supporting the work of the trust for the rearing and release of orphaned elephants in Kenya.

Joachim Schmeisser also signed 50 Fine Art prints of his motif "Golden Giant" in A4 format for Hahnemühle fans at photokina.

Naturscouts Leinetal e.V. obtains new website

With financial support from the green rooster initiative by Hahnemühle the “Naturscouts Leinetal e.V” creates an informative new website in the summer of 2014. It shows which protected natural landscape in the South of Lower Saxony does exist. www.naturscouts-leinetal.de informes on the EU bird sanctuary in the home of Hahnemühle. The “Leinepolder” - a 1000-hectare wet meadow landscape - is an important resting and breeding area for more than 250 partly endangered bird species. The new website was lauchend just in time to the start of the next bird migration of cranes, geese, ducks and waders.

"We inform the people so that they protect the nature", says Thomas Spieker, the Chairman of the Naturscouts e.V. Leinetal. Furthermore Hahnemühle - in addition to other sponsors - supported the training of 22 honorary nature Scouts and their gear with spotting scopes for the expert guides.

Hahnemühle thus promotes environmental education on site, in an area in which the company is established since the year 1584. Five percent of the proceeds of paper products with the green rooster feed the green rooster program annually.

The environmental awareness of the Hahnemühle customers is great - the case of landscape painters or animal photographer. The Hahnemühle meets their demands for sustainable papers to the painting or printing and an environmentally friendly mode of production in a unique natural landscape.

New observation deck in Hahnemühle’s home country

The nature scouts of the GFN (Association for nature conservancy in Einbeck and the surrounding region) are happy to announce a new observation platform over 3 meters in height in the nature region ‘Leinepolder.’ “The observation of native and migratory birds during their rest on the open water expense of the blocking debris or at the banks of the adjacent wetlands, is much better now” says Albert Engel from GFN.


The construction of the new observation deck was possible due to the donation totalling 15.000,-€ from Hahnemühle FineArt and Kreis-Sparkasse Northeim.Hahnemühle, as a long-established company based next to the bird sanctuary, supports this project for environmental education.The new observation deck is set on a main resting and breeding place for migratory birds and could be realized due to the money of Hahnemühle’s environmental initiative ‘Green Rooster.’ The Leinepolder is a defined bird sanctuary of the EU and is located next to an important European cycling path. This project is sensible for an intact environment and increases the attraction of the lower Saxony region for nature friends and photographers. Birds such as the Little Egret, crane, wild goose, Egyptian goose, lapwing, stork, Great Crested Grebe and so on are resting or live there. Rare birds e.g. Eurasian Curlew, Western Marsh-Harrier, Water Rail and Kingfisher stop by or hibernate here as well. The blocking debris results to a regularly dredging of bed-load carried from the river Leine. The course of the river stays open even at minus temperatures up to 20 degrees and offers birds continuous food. Due to changing water levels, sediments and erosions build up and create new habitats. Leinepolder is an important resting place for migratory birds in this open and untouched landscape. The observation of the birds happens from a safe distance. Nature scouts from GFN offer several regularly scheduled group or individual guided tours.

For more information: www.gfn-einbeck.de

Mercy Corp Urban Reforestation Colombia

Mercy Corps supported families affected by the landslides on the southern edge of Bogotá - meeting immediate needs of housing and food.
The community is now being mobilized to help mitigatate against further landslides. An assessment in coordination with the municipal and regional governments, has identified the need for a reforestation and tree-planting project to stabilise the soil and help prevent future landslides. Mercy Corps is aiming to assist the community in expanding reforestation activity, while studying the market potential for the establishment of private tree nurseries - providing income-generating opportunities for the project’s participants. More than 67,000 trees need planted for the total reforestation of the region. Economic opportunities created through this project will specifically benefit the marginalised communities of internally displaced people, Indigenous and Afro-Colombian populations. Every € 3,500 donated to this programme enables Mercy Corps to plant a further 1,000 trees.

Lake Alaotra

Environmentally compliant behaviour predicates an appropriate awareness. The Madagascar Wildlife Conservation (MWC) has taken this realisation to heart and has implemented an environmental education program at the public primary schools of the Alaotra region. The basis of this program is a comic developed by MWC and produced in Madagascar. The comic series tells the story of the Bandro (a half ape that is only indigenous to this region), a kingfisher and a duck representing the animals, and two boys and two girls who represent the villagers. Each of the nine episodes addresses a specific conservation issue of the unique Alaotra ecosystem and is the starting point for further discussions and school activities on the subject. The pupils are made aware of environmental issues in a playful and creative way and a resource-saving attitude is translated later into action. The pilot phase of the project in eight school classes was successfully completed in August of this year. In the course of the next years further teachers should be trained and all the schools of the region should be supplied with supportive educational material. Our donations will help this goal to be achieved as quickly as possible.

Mountain Gorilla Project

Initiator of this project is Matto Barfuss, who became famous worldwide as "cheetahman". Matto has already spent several months living close to animal. He has shown through his experiences that creatures, who are usually perceived as dangerous, are often much closer to humans than they seems to be. Through his films, drawings and oil paintings Matto Barfuss has documented and presented his experiences. With the proceeds from the sale of his works, he has already financed several projects for animal protection, including protection of mountain gorillas in the Congo, to which the German "wildman" have developed a close relationship. Since the mid-90s, their habitat has been increasingly restricted by thousands of refugees from neighbouring Rwanda. It is time to defend these animals from more attacks by the rebels and poachers. To achieve this, the equipment of park rangers should be continuously improved. In addition, the initiative "Education for Species Protection" should contribute to permanent improvements on indispensable knowledge of this area.