Konica Minolta - Tone Down Your Impact

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Konica Minolta has recently conducted an environmental audit and impact review to identify business activities that have a significant environmental impact. This was a highly effective tool to assess environmental impact and CO2 emissions. Continual improvement in environmental performance is a key corporate strategic goal with a view to achieve zero landfill and a reduction in the depletion of resources. As such, Konica Minolta has environmental programs in place, which both meet and exceed international standards.

'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark'

Konica Minolta is an active partner of the ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program to ensure that all Konica Minolta consumables are recycled responsibly, to minimise our impact on the environment. We also re-use our machines where possible, or have them responsibly recycled by Sims E-Recycling to the ISO 14000 international standard.

Environmental Strategy and Vision

Konica Minolta formulated Eco Vision 2050 as our long-term environmental strategy. This vision guides Konica Minolta in the right direction to achieve our future objectives and fulfill our responsibility as a global corporation. We plan to decrease CO2 emissions throughout the product lifecycle by 80% in order to contribute to a sustainable earth and society. We plan to promote recycling and effective use of resources and promote the restoration and preservation of biodiversity. Konica Minolta also developed our Medium-Term Environmental Plan 2015 which sets a target of 20% reduction as a milestone marker toward the goals outlined in our Eco Vision 2050.

The Simitri HD polymerised toner used by 99.6% of Konica Minolta colour and 96.5% of monochrome machines has the highest polymerisation rates in the industry. It has considerably less impact on the environment during its production, use and recycling. The biomass content is actually CO2 neutral and is not only a more friendly alternative but its composition allows for less toner to be applied to each page, compared to conventional toners. This can be fused at a much lower temperature, thus conserving energy consumption, and generating 33% less CO2 than conventional toner.

Recognition and Partnerships

The "Prime Status" award was presented to Konica Minolta by Germany-based oekom research AG for Corporate Social Responsibility within the industry. This award has positioned Konica Minolta as a global leader for corporate social responsibility. Australian Executive General Manager, David Cooke has recently been awarded the global Social Impact Award. David suggested "The corporate world has enormous potential to assist the not for profit sector with their invaluable work, and with the growing realisation that the corporation itself will derive benefits from this association, it is hoped that the relationship between two sectors will only increase." This attitude is highlighted in Konica Minolta's environmental strategy, and also our charity partnerships.

In January, Konica Minolta announced a long-term partnership with three major charities; Landcare, Breast Cancer Australia and The Smith Family. This partnership includes staff volunteer days, and both corporate and personal donations. This is a great way for all employees to give back to the community.

What can you do to help?

1. Assess all office equipment: outdated models tend to use more energy.
2. Compare energy ratings on office equipment upgrades
3. Ensure environmental features of office equipment are utilised
4. Look for the forest Stewardship Council rating on office supplies
5. Educate Staff about paper wastage: don't print unless you have to
6. Implement a recycling scheme for paper and toner. If your current supplier does not support the ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program, switch to one that does.

At Konica Minolta we are constantly improving the environmental performance and productivity of our products to provide our customers with equipment that complements their sustainable practices.

For more information please visit the Konica Minolta website.

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