Sustainability : Konica Minolta’s EU Approach

Sustainability News: Counteracting global climate change

As part of the 50 Climate Leaders, Konica Minolta are acting as a community to combat global climate Change.Companies worldwide are realising their crucial role in achieving social and environmental goals, particularly in combating climate change.

As part of their sustainability strategy Konica Minolta participates in the 50 Climate Leaders. This initiative from the private sector united in order to show commitment to the economic landscape and to act as a community in counteracting global climate change.

In September 2020, Konica Minolta joined a summit of the 50 Climate Leaders, moderated by the United Nations. Participating in a group of ambitious companies creates a mutually encouraging environment and enables knowledge transfer on a global level, making a huge audience aware of the topic as well.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The SDGs are a wide framework with defined targets that tackle problems on an environmental and social level. Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe conducted a thorough analysis of the 17 SDGs for optimising the sustainability of their activities, particularly on an European level. As a result, six particular goals were placed in focus:

1. Climate Action

2. Responsible Production and Consumption

3. Gender Equality

4. Decent Work and Economic Growth

5. Partnerships for the Goals

6. Quality Education

Konica Minolta defined climate action as one of the most important SDGs.

Here, the company set up three goals:
🌿 Avoiding and reducing energy consumption
🌿 Substituting CO2 emitting power sources with green energy
🌿 Compensating unavoidable CO2 emissions

Konica Minolta Awarded RobecoSAM Gold Class for Four Consecutive Years

Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) has been awarded a GOLD Level Recognition Medal in the EcoVadis 2019 sustainability ratings issued by EcoVadis of France for its corporate responsibility practices. The company was ranked in the top 5% of companies evaluated by EcoVadis. Its high rating reflects Konica Minolta’s continuous dedication to sustainability and social responsibility.

The EcoVadis rating is an encouraging external acknowledgement for Konica Minolta on its path to reducing CO2 emissions throughout the product lifecycle by 80% until 2050, compared to the fiscal year 2005 level. To achieve the GOLD level, Konica Minolta has identified a number of material issues, which must be given priority: the environment, social innovation, customer satisfaction and product safety, responsible supply chain, human capital, and diversity. By addressing these issues, the company will provide solutions to social issues set forth in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and contribute to solving global environmental issues and improving quality of life.

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.

Sustainable Printing seems like an Oxymoron

Printing, by definition, requires resources that aren’t traditionally environmentally friendly.
Despite many business owners’ best intentions, the paperless office never really eventuated. While we’ve certainly reduced the amount of paper we use in the workplace, printing remains an unavoidable part of doing business.
If you’re looking to minimise your environmental impact, you may worry about the cost of printing from energy usage to paper and ink usage. Sustainable printing and paper is possible.

How to achieve sustainable Eco Friendly Printing

There are three key steps you can take to achieve sustainable Eco Friendly printing:

  1. 1. Choose recycled paper.

    2. Select a printer with strong environmental credentials.

    3. Implement strong print governance and culture around sustainable printing.

Recycled Paper v’s Virgin Paper

100 per cent recycled paper uses zero trees, 33 per cent less energy, releases 37 per cent less greenhouse gases, almost halves the amount of wastewater involved in the process and uses 39 per cent less solid waste. So it’s the right choice for a business that wants to be environmentally smart.

In the old days, you could pick recycled paper from virgin paper based on quality alone. However, the quality has improved markedly and, now, it’s hard to tell the difference between recycled and non-recycled paper.

Recycled paper should be at least 30 per cent recycled but 100 per cent recycled paper is the best option because it uses less bleaching than conventional paper and reduces the use of toxic chemicals. Recycled paper incorporates full-cycle production costs, which takes responsibility for the entire lifecycle of the paper. You should do due diligence to ensure you’re choosing products produced by companies that are environmentally sustainable with a low carbon footprint.

To have the greatest environmental impact, you should choose the most environmental option within the grade of paper that you plan to use. This means you don’t need to compromise on paper quality to meet your environmental objectives.

The importance of good print governance

Setting a culture of environmental sustainability is also important to maximise your team members’ contribution. For example, setting cultural expectations around minimising printing is important. You can also set rules to reduce the amount of paper and resources used. For example, mandating that team members print documents double-sided can reduce the amount of paper that gets wasted.

Pull printing is another way to reduce the amount of wasted paper. Requiring users to input a code or swipe a card at the printer before their document will print out eliminates the chance that they’ll print a document and then forget about it. When that happens, usually the user reprints it or colleagues eventually throw it away; either way, the paper is wasted.

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“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.

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