Konica Minolta sets a challenge

Date: 28-Apr-11

As part of its commitment to environmental sustainability, Konica Minolta has set itself a target of reducing carbon dioxide emissions throughout product lifecycles by 80% by 2050 compared to 2005 levels.

Konica Minolta has also set targets for promoting recycling and effective use of resources, and for working to promote environmental restoration and preservation.

To achieve these targets, Konica Minolta has identified a range of specific initiatives such as developing energy-saving technologies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from product usage by 60%, and investigating ways to decrease the volume of packaging used per item by 25%.

Konica Minolta is already leading the way with environmentally friendly toners. Their Simitri toner reduces the impact on the environment with less energy consumption during production compared to pulverised toner production methods, less energy consumption during use, and through the use of plant-based resources and reduction of petroleum-based resources.

Konica Minolta continues to work to ensure that their business machines are as environmentally efficient as possible. They are more energy efficient, use less toner and produce less greenhouse gas emissions than ever before. Konica Minolta is internationally accredited according to ISO 14001 (an international standard for environmental management systems).

They plan to further refine their manufacturing process, ultimately working towards zero waste targets. This ongoing strategy has already seen a dramatic reduction in greenhouse gas emission and hazardous chemicals usage in the past six years.

It's not just the production and manufacturing areas of Konica Minolta that are making significant changes either. For its corporate office buildings throughout Japan the company is installing ‘green curtains' of plants on the walls and rooftops to absorb CO2 and to keep internal temperatures down. And in Belgium, Konica Minolta has installed a solar power generator on one of their buildings to provide energy for the offices inside.

Article written by Planet Ark for DIVERT using information from Konica Minolta. To see the original article, click here.

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