Sustainability : Konica Minolta’s EU Approach
Konica Minolta Awarded RobecoSAM Gold Class for Two Consecutive Years
Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) was awarded Gold Class by RobecoSAM, which is headquartered in Switzerland and the world’s leading research and rating company in the ESG investment field, for two consecutive years. Konica Minolta is the only company in the Computers & Peripherals and Office Electronics sector that was awarded Gold Class.
Konica Minolta are committed to sustainability through their innovations for business and society. Supporting customers as they strive to hit their sustainability targets. With their sustainability solutions, customers can achieve higher efficiency and lower costs, as well as shape a responsible workplace. The Konica Minolta approach focuses on four customer-centric sustainability topics:
- Konica Minolta is committed to Sustainability through innovations for business and society
- We also support our customers to achieve their own Sustainability goals
- To achieve this, our approach is to focus on four customer-centric Sustainability topics
Have you ever considered Power costs – the hidden cost of having the printers simply plugged in? Have you ever heard of a TEC Value?
The TEC value represents an electrical product’s typical weekly electricity consumption (TEC) based on average office use (kWh/Week). Here are TEC Values for some typical popular market printers, compared with equivalent Konica Minolta devices from MJ Flood. Note the lower TEC Values, representing lower CO2 emissions and energy usage/cost.
And here is the summary. Using one brand of printer rather than another, can impact directly on your Carbon Footprint, as well as hitting you in the pocket…
You need to consider when purchasing printers the level of certification they have in order to enable you to be sustainable. These include the Energy Star rating, which is the International standard for energy-efficient consumer products.
Blue Angel, A reliable guide to environmentally safe purchasing and EPEAT, which is an Environmental criteria covering the complete product lifecycle. Konica Minolta is the first company worldwide to receive the Blue Angel mark in the field of copying.
Konica Minolta was first in the industry to introduce recycled plastics in printers. P.E.T. , or polyethylene terephthalate from PET bottles is available in a relatively stable supply. In 2013, recycled materials made up 40% of total plastic in the bodies of Konica Minolta devices.
Today, it is up to 72% and represents the largest amount worldwide in the industry.
Konica Minolta’s toner bottles are made of recycled high density polyethylene, that are made from empty milk bottles. Konica Minolta developed their own recycling method in its toner production factories in Mexico and Malaysia. While reducing harmful chemicals in their toner, making it 100% harmless for food contact.
Environmental Print Waste in Numbers
- For each 10,000 pages printed in a year, an estimated 1,410 pages are wasted
- Less than half of office paper is recycled
- To produce just 1 tonne of office paper requires the same amount of energy it takes to power the average home for 10 months!
More than 350 million ink cartridges are discarded in landfills each year in the United States alone. Each cartridge can take up to 450 years to decompose
“We are planning proactive efforts to become a top-tier company worldwide in the areas of environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance.”Shoei Yamana, President & CEO of Konica Minolta, Inc.