Giesecke+Devrient (G+D) introduced a brand new sort of banknote at the Global Currency Forum. The revolutionary “Green Banknote” acts as a blueprint for utilizing ecological, resource-saving supplies and manufacturing processes for banknotes. Coupled with sturdiness and state-of-the-art safety features, it makes a decisive contribution to a extra environmentally pleasant and environment friendly money cycle.
The banknote trade is striving to behave on its duties for the surroundings and the sustainable growth of the financial system. One of the central questions at the Global Currency Forum 2022 which occurred from 2 to five May in Tarragona, Spain, was subsequently: How can the foreign money trade cut back its carbon footprint and contribute to sustainability? G+D used the discussion board as a possibility to current its new pattern word, the “Green Banknote”. It has been developed off the again of findings from a research by G+D subsidiary Louisenthal, which calculated the product-related carbon and water footprint of varied substrates in the complete money cycle. The end result: pure fibre-based hybrid options finest mix banknote sturdiness, sustainability and safety.
The “Green Banknote” is a sustainable product answer for banknotes. It reduces the ecological footprint of a banknote by utilizing licensed pure fibres, as little plastic as completely needed and an optimised manufacturing course of, thus making an actual contribution to local weather safety. There are 4 key features of the “Green Banknote”:
- The core of the banknote paper is an emission-minimising fibre mixture of natural cotton and FSC® (FSC-C138716) licensed cellulose, which comes from European forestry. The materials combine reduces carbon emissions by 63 per cent in comparison with fibres constituted of conventionally grown cotton. G+D is the first producer to additionally provide cotton from regionally licensed initiatives corresponding to “Cotton made in Africa”, which promotes truthful working circumstances in addition to ecological sustainability.
- The service movie for the RollingStar i+ safety thread and the varifeye ColourChange safety patch comes from an authorized recycling circuit with 70 per cent recycled polyester. This transforms recycled plastic waste right into a high-quality safety function.
- For a higher sturdiness in the money cycle, the pure fibre substrate is wrapped with a PET movie, which is thinner in the “Green Banknote” and subsequently conserves sources. Taking these two measures reduces the plastic content material by a complete of 38 % in comparison with the earlier hybrid substrate.
- Finally, for the first time, inks for simultaneous printing primarily based on vegetable oils and thus with out mineral oils are used in the printing of the banknotes.
“In complete, the manufacturing of a ‘inexperienced’ banknote outcomes in 29 per cent much less carbon dioxide emissions than typical competitor merchandise made from polymer. Subsequently, this product innovation is the most sustainable answer on the market thus far. It additionally strikes the optimum stability between sustainability, sturdiness and most safety”, emphasises Bernd Kümmerle, Managing Director of the Banknote Solutions Division at G+D Currency Technology. “The growth of this notably environmentally pleasant product answer is a part of our just lately established ‘Green Banknote Initiative’. Together with our prospects and companions, we wish to use it to make the money cycle greener.”