Konica Minolta Launches Excellent Green Factory Certification System to Help Suppliers, Customers and Communities Reduce CO2 Emissions
Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) has launched the Excellent Green Factory Certification System and plans to involve its suppliers, customers and communities in its efforts to reduce CO2 emissions and achieve Excellent Green Factory certification standards at all of its major production sites around the world by fiscal 2018. The company today published Konica Minolta CSR Report 2016 (Japanese version) on its official website, disclosing the results of the past fiscal year and plans for its environmental management, including the new certification system.
Outline of Excellent Green Factory Certification System
Under its original Green Factory Certification System, Konica Minolta attained its goal of achieving Level 2 at all of its production sites around the world by fiscal 2015. The Excellent Green Factory Certification System is being launched as the next step to achieve higher goals.
In addition to complying with the conventional certification standards for reducing environmental impacts from internal sources, the new system is designed to meet the standards for reducing CO2 emissions from external sources by working in unison with suppliers, customers and communities. As an ultimate goal, Konica Minolta aims to achieve the standards for Sustainable Green Factory certification by sharing its environmental technologies and know-how with external stakeholders to reduce CO2 emissions from external sources by an amount which equals CO2 emissions from internal sources.
Excellent Green Factory Certification Standards
A production site that has met all the following criteria is certified as an Excellent Green Factory.
|From external sources||Reduce CO2 emissions from suppliers, customers and communities by an amount which equals 10% of CO2emissions from Konica Minolta’s internal sources|
|From internal sources||Reduce CO2 emissions (per unit of production) by 6% from the fiscal 2015 level|
|Reduce waste discharged externally (per unit of production) by 6% from the fiscal 2015 level|
|Reduce water consumption (per unit of production) by 6% from the fiscal 2015 level|
Certification as Sustainable Green Factory requires reducing CO2 emissions from external sources by an amount which equals CO2 emissions from internal sources.
In its efforts to reduce CO2 emissions from external sources, Konica Minolta will
- share its know-how to reduce CO2 emissions with suppliers and customers, while developing reduction measures and offering support to them;
- establish new energy-saving production technologies and offer the technologies to suppliers and customers; and
- work in cooperation with local companies to facilitate more effective use of energy.
Creating Value with External Stakeholders
Konica Minolta can address global environmental challenges by itself only to a limited extent, but by collaborating with external stakeholders, including suppliers, customers and communities, it is possible to make a more substantial contribution to environmental sustainability. With this realization, Konica Minolta has been striving to create value and achieve growth together with external stakeholders under its Medium-Term Environmental Plan 2016.
By launching the new Excellent Green Factory Certification System, Konica Minolta aims to expand the scope of its activities involving suppliers, customers and communities, instead of working only within the limits of its responsibility. The goal is to reduce CO2 emissions extensively, even beyond the level of Scope 3* supply chain emissions. Konica Minolta believes that by working with a wider range of external stakeholders, it can bring greater benefits to the global environment.
Scope 3 is one of the categories of emissions used for calculation of greenhouse gas emissions defined in a global guideline, the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. Scope 1 emissions are direct emissions from sources owned by the company. Scope 2 emissions are emissions from consumption of purchased electricity and other energies used by the company. Scope 3 emissions are emissions from product- and service-related activities, not covered in Scope 1 and Scope 2, and include GHG emissions from production and transport of raw materials and from use of the company’s products by customers.
Under its philosophy “The Creation of New Value,” Konica Minolta aims to achieve its vision to become “a global company that is vital to society” and “an innovative company that is robust and constantly evolving” by offering new value beneficial to customers and society.
Konica Minolta CSR Report 2016
Konica Minolta annually publishes its CSR Report in five languages to give its stakeholders a clear picture of how it performs its corporate social responsibility.
A Japanese language version of the Konica Minolta CSR Report 2016 was posted on the official website of Konica Minolta today. English, German, French, and Chinese versions will be posted on the website in the near future.