Konica Minolta aims for net zero and to make its products from more than 90% recycled materials, biomaterials by 2050, a change to its EcoVision 2050 plan published in 2009; company plans to meet goals by reducing energy consumption, GHG emissions

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April 14, 2023 (press release) –

 

With two major new environmental goals, the company targets to further minimise its environmental impact

Konica Minolta announces that it has set two significant new environmental goals. First, the company aims to achieve net zero in Scope 1, 2 and 3 by 2050. Secondly, it aims to make its products from more than 90% circulated resources (recycled materials and biomaterials) by 2050 (“towards zero natural resources”).

When Konica Minolta published its EcoVision 2050 in 2009, the targets were in line with what were strict standards for the time. However, as the climate crisis exacerbates, these are no longer appropriate. We have therefore committed to setting stricter climate protection targets to fulfil our responsibility as a global company (with more than 39,000 employees worldwide) in regard to minimising our ecological footprint significantly. We also support our customers and suppliers in achieving their environmental goals.

Olaf Jonas

General Manager Environmental Social Governance at Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe

Net Zero by 2050: Reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy saving
Konica Minolta is committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and considers Climate Action as the most urgent area for action. The company is continuously working to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions throughout the product life cycle and eliminate waste. In 2005, the company recorded 2,067 thousand tonnes CO 2 emissions; in 2021, the figure was 790 thousand tonnes CO 2, which is a reduction of 61%. In 2050, the company aims to reach the net zero target in Scope 1, 2 and 3.
 
The former CO 2 reductions and the net zero goal have been, and will be, significantly achieved through energy savings. Konica Minolta prioritises as follows:
 
  1. Avoid and reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
  2. Substitute GHG-emitting power sources with renewable energy
  3. Compensate unavoidable GHG emissions
 
Specifically, the energy consumption of its printing devices has continuously decreased over the last few years. The largest energy consumption, over 60%, occurs when the toner is fixed to the paper. With the polymerised Simitri® V toner used in the bizhub i-series, the latest MFP generation, Konica Minolta has been able to reduce the fixing temperature by about 15 °C compared to previous models. Combined with a new fixing device, this helps to significantly reduce the TEC Value. The reduction in power consumption has resulted in the MFPs producing up to 25% [1] less CO 2 emissions in operation compared to previous models.
 
Further, Konica Minolta aims to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy because burning fuel to generate electricity produces significant amounts of greenhouse gas emissions. That is why the company has been a member of RE100 since 2019 and is committed to using 100% renewable electricity by 2050, and 30% by 2030. As of 2021 fiscal year, it sources 8.3% of its electricity from renewable sources worldwide. Konica Minolta’s European Headquarters and 11 subsidiaries already use 100% renewable electricity. Two of the factories in China already use 100% renewable electricity, which means that more than 50% of the MFPs and all production printing devices for the European market are produced with renewable electricity. [2] In addition, the European toner factory in France also uses 100% renewable electricity.
 
In Europe the company compensates non-avoidable emissions and supports climate protections projects aiming to replace fossil fuels by renewable energy such as wind parks with its partner Climate Partner. All projects must meet the Gold Standard VER criteria. [3]​ Gold Standard VER projects go beyond climate aspects, because they also fundamentally take social aspects into account​. With the Enabling Climate Compensation programme, Konica Minolta offers its customers the ability to offset unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions for office and production printing devices. Since 2015, more than 50,000 tons of unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions were compensated. [4]
 
With its visual Remote Service AIRe Link, which was introduced in 2020, Konica Minolta has been able to save around 310,760 kilometres in 8,900 customer visits across Europe from 2020 to 2022, which corresponds to 140 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.
 
Where possible, the company is trying to shift transport across Europe from air and road to rail or water. 90% of its goods transport from Rotterdam in the Netherlands to its main warehouse centre in Emmerich, Germany, are carried out on the Rhine River with barges. 40% of transport from Emmerich to Italy is already done by rail.
 
Towards zero natural resources: Minimise waste and consumption of natural resources
Konica Minolta aims to use more than 90% circulated resources for its products by 2050. These resources are recycled materials and biomaterials. With that goal in mind, the company aims to enable the reuse and recycling of materials as many times as possible to minimise waste and the consumption of natural resources.
 
As of today, its MFPs already use up to 44% [5] and the production printing systems up to 15% recycled materials. [6] Toner bottles use up to 61% recycled materials.
 
In Europe, some countries offer refurbishment programmes for MFPs to be refurbished according to strict standards. Besides, a part of the collected toner bottles and cartridges are refurbished and refilled throughout Europe.
 
In the 2021 fiscal year, 11,200 tonnes of end-of-life office equipment were taken back. Of this, 99% was recycled. As part of the Clean Planet Program, discarded consumables are collected and recycled across Europe.
 
Styrene foam is widely used but has a poorer environmental performance than other materials. Therefore, Konica Minolta has been looking for packaging solutions to replace it. For transport from its factories to Europe, in 2019 Konica Minolta developed a new air cushioning material for packaging and transporting MFPs and production printing devices. By using the lighter, more compact air pillows, the company was able to reduce the weight of shipments by 75% and the packaging volume by 99%. In addition, it is also committed to the use of cardboard. Units shipped from the European warehouse in Emmerich to our European customers are simply shrink-wrapped on pallets.
 
[1] varying by model
[2] on a value basis
[3] The Gold Standard was established in 2003 by WWF and other international NGOs to ensure projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions feature the highest levels of environmental integrity and additionally contribute to sustainable development.
[4] As of December 2022
[5] or up to 38% according to the German Blue Angel mark
[6] according to calculation based on EPEAT

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About Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe

 

Konica Minolta’s journey started 150 years ago, with a vision to see and do things differently. We innovate for the good of society and the world. The same purpose that kept us moving then, keeps us moving now.

 

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH, based in Langenhagen, Germany, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Inc., Tokyo, Japan. With its unique expertise in imaging, data processing and data-based decision making, Konica Minolta creates relevant solutions for its customers - small and medium-sized businesses, large enterprises and public sector - and solves issues faced by society.

 

As a digital workplace solution provider, Konica Minolta helps its clients to identify and unlock the potential digitalisation holds and reach the next level in the digital maturity of their organisation by rethinking the workplace. In support of an ‘Intelligent connected workplace’, Konica Minolta offers cloud, IT, managed print and video solution services for remote working, collaboration, workflow management and automation and security. The company’s success in driving transformation is also confirmed by IDC, since the ‘IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Print Transformation 2020 Vendor Assessment’ stated that Konica Minolta is ‘recognised globally as a leader in print transformation’. Konica Minolta has been a Microsoft Global Managed Partner since 2021.

 

Konica Minolta's Igniting Print Possibilities offering helps printers, converters and brand owners maximise workflow automation to increase efficiency. The company delivers consultancy in all communication matters as well as top-of-the-line production, packaging as well as label printers. Its finishing devices create print products that stand out and create added value. Konica Minolta has established itself as the production printing market leader for more than a decade in Europe (InfoSource).

 

For an increasing number of organisations, success today is more than the narrow definition of financial prosperity – it also includes protecting the environment and having a positive impact on their workforce as well as the societies they are embedded in. With its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Konica Minolta has pledged to consistently pursue its sustainability and social responsibility goals.

 

The company has been repeatedly recognised for its rich history of social contribution as well as for working towards achieving the SDGs throughout its business and supply chain. Konica Minolta is listed among “2023 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World” and received a GOLD Level Recognition Medal in the EcoVadis sustainability ratings for 2023.

 

For its remote services, Konica Minolta was awarded the prestigious ‘Buyers Lab (BLI) 2023-2024 Pacesetter Award in Remote Service for the Western European market’ from Keypoint Intelligence.

 

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe is represented by subsidiaries and distributors in more than 80 countries in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. With approximately 8,700 employees (as of April 2022), Konica Minolta Europe earned net sales of over EUR 1.9 billion in financial year 2021/2022.

 

Worldwide, the company has over 39,000 employees and is operating in over 150 countries.

 

For more information, please visit https://www.konicaminolta.eu/eu-en/news and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

 

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