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									                       What We Can Do for the Earth

                    Environmentally Sound Products

                    We strive to reduce environmental impact across the board                                                                                   Prevention of global            We devise appropriate measures to reduce CO2 emissions
                    from product manufacturing and usage to the disposal stage.                                                                                                                 in accordance with product characteristics.
                                                                                                                                                                                                We have introduced the Lifecycle Assessment (LCA)                      emissions in line with each product’s characteristics, for
                                                                                                                                                                                                method, and collect and check data for CO2 emissions                   example, those with higher emission rates during the
                                                                                                                                                                                                throughout the lifecycles for a wide range of products,                production stage or those with higher rates during
                                                                                                                                                                                                while implementing effective measures to reduce CO2                    usage.

Environmental       We promote a sound environmental design from
soundness check
                    a comprehensive perspective.                                                                                                                                                 IDigital multi-functional devices
                    Konica Minolta has been promoting its manufacturing               as establish assessment criteria and implement the                                                                                                                                              Energy efficiency during usage has been
                    processes under the “Design for Environment” con-                 resultant measures from a comprehensive perspective.                                                                                                   CO2 emission rate throughout             improved significantly through the develop-
                    cept that takes all environmental issues into considera-          During the planning phase for new products, numeri-                                                                          Production                the lifecycle                            ment of more energy-efficient technologies.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   of materials                                                       In the production of materials and parts,
                    tion, including prevention of global warming, product             cal targets for environmental goals are set for standard                                                               Usage and parts                 Usage accounts for                       the development of a polymerized toner has
                    recycling and elimination of hazardous emissions.                 product assessment evaluation items. During the test-                                                                                                  about 50%                                enabled us to reduce CO2 emissions during
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      toner production by 32.4%. We have also
                       We assess the environmental impact at each stage in            ing phase, we check whether the goals are being met                                                          Transport                 Product
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             manufacture                                              reduced toner consumption by improving the
                    a product’s lifecycle from raw material and component             and conduct a final assessment before proceeding to                                                                                                                                             consistency of the toner particles.
                    procurement through to manufacturing, transporta-                 the production stage. Only products that meet these
                    tion/sales, usage, reuse/recycling and disposal, as well          goals are marketed.                                                                                        ISingle-use cameras

                     I Product Lifecycle and Assessment                                                                                                                                                                                                                               We promote the reuse of parts, which con-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Usage           Disposal                                                        serves the energy that would have been
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             CO2 emission rate throughout
                         • Recycled material use                                                                                                                                                 Transport                                   the lifecycle                            needed to manufacture new parts. We initi-
                         • Reducing material volume and                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ated a full-scale reuse and recycling system
                                                                                                    We assess the products                                                                                                                   Production of materials                  back in 1992, and have now achieved a reuse
                           number of parts                                                                                                                                                                            Production
                         • Raw material safety                Procurement               Development during this phase.                                                                                                                                                                ratio of over 90% (on a “total number of
                                                                                                                                                                                               Product                of materials           and parts accounts for                   parts” basis).
                                                                                                                                                                                               manufacture            and parts
                                                                                                                • Conserving energy and                                                                                                      about 70%
                         • Reusing parts                                                                          raw materials
                         • Ease of reuse and                                                                    • Reducing by-products and
                                                                    • Proper product labeling
                           recycling                    Reuse and   • Proper instruction manuals Production
                                                                                                                  wastes to the minimum                                                          IColor film
                                                        Recycling   • Conserving energy and
                                                                      resources                                                                                                                                                                                                       A significant amount of thermal energy is
                         • Ease of disposal and post-                                                                                                                                                               Usage                                                             required for the drying process during film
                                                                    • Product safety
                                                                                                        • Conforming with transportation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Production            CO2 emission rate throughout
                           usage processes                          • Long product life                                                                                                                                                      the lifecycle                            production. We first introduced electrical cogen-
                                                                                                          standards                                                                                                    of materials
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       and parts                                                      eration systems that simultaneously provide
                                                                                                        • Reducing and recycling packaging                                                     Transport
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Product manufacture                      electricity and heat at our film manufacturing
                                       Waste                                              Transport and   materials                                                                                            Product
                                                                                          Merchandising • Reducing product size and weight                                                                    manufacture                    accounts for about 60%                   plants as far back as 1987 in order to maxi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mize our thermal production efficiency, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      have three such systems as of fiscal 2004.

                                                                                                                                                                                                 IDigital cameras
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      By reducing the size and weight of our prod-
Green Procurement   We promote Green Procurement globally.                                                                                                                                              Usage          Disposal              CO2 emission rate throughout             ucts, we have reduced the amount of energy
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Transport                                  the lifecycle                            required for raw material production as well
                    In order to provide environmentally sound products, it             I Utilizing the Green Procurement System                                                                                                                                                       as for transportation of the products and raw
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Production of materials                  materials. By using Konica Minolta’s propri-
                    is necessary to check the environmental impact from
                    the raw materials and parts that go into making our
                                                                                                                    Survey results are                                                                             Production                and parts accounts for                   etary folded optical zoom unit, we are making
                                                                                        The Konica Minolta Group posted promptly                                                                Product            of materials                                                       our cameras even more compact and light-
                    products. The Konica Minolta Group globally promotes                                            on the Internet         Parts                                               manufacture        and parts                 about 70%                                weight.
                    its Green Procurement policy of prioritizing the pur-                                                                   and raw
                                                                                                Corporate                                   material
                    chase of low environmental impact materials in addi-                    assessment survey                               suppliers
                    tion to quality, cost, delivery and environmental factors
                                                                                                                     Management                                                                  ITriacetyl-cellulose (TAC) film for use in LCDs
                                                                                                Prohibited           and broad
                    as its assessment criteria for procurement of raw mate-                  substance survey        application of                                                                                                                                                   In terms of triacetyl-cellulose (TAC) film for
                    rials and parts. We have also adopted substance assess-                     Chemical             results using a                                                                       Usage       Disposal                                                       use in LCDs, which have experienced a rapid
                                                                                             substance survey        standardized                                                                                                            CO2 emission rate throughout
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Production                                              increase in production volume, we have reduced
                    ment to evaluate substances contained in the raw                                                 database for the                                                            Transport                                   the lifecycle                            the use of raw materials for the thin film type
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              of materials
                    materials and parts to be procured both within or out-                                           entire Group                                                                                             and parts      Product manufacture                      that is half the conventional thickness, while
                    side Japan, and conduct a corporate assessment survey               Browsing                                                                                                               Product                                                                at the same time reducing energy consump-
                                                                                                                                                                                                              manufacture                    accounts for about 80%                   tion during production by 30% per produc-
                    to evaluate the extent to which an environmental man-               Development and design                                                                                                                                                                        tion unit.
                    agement system has been established by the compa-                   This is a system for procuring parts for machine products, which
                    nies we deal with as part of our criteria. This survey              uses the component materials survey methods recommended by
                                                                                        the Japan Green Procurement Survey Standardization Initiative
                    data is saved in an information database and shared                 (JGPSSI).
                    throughout the Group.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Digital multi-functional device—the “bizhub 7222”—uses less than
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  half the energy of its predecessor.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In terms of digital multi-function devices, we have sought thorough energy savings per
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  model. As a result of our efforts, the bizhub 7222 model released in fiscal 2004 uses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  57% less energy than the equivalent model (released in 2000).

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                           What We Can Do for the Earth

                        Environmentally Sound Products

                                                                                                                                                                                                       Reuse and recycle of            Standardized design to facilitate recycling in production
                                                                                                                                                                                                       digital multi-functional
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       of digital multi-functional devices
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       We promote measures to facilitate the recycling and         Toner recycling system eliminates toner wastage
Resource conservation                                                                                                                                                                                                                  re-use of digital multi-functional devices which have       Our original Toner Recycling System collects, recycles
                        Minimization of product size and weight is the key to reducing
through design                                                                                                                                                                                                                         copier, printer and other functions. In terms of recy-      and re-uses toner that is not transferred to the paper
                        environmental impact.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       cling, we have established a Practical Design Manual        during the copying process. Without this system, about
                        Incorporating size and weight reductions into the prod-                               cal unit a quarter size of its normal size, with an ultra-                                                               for Recycling so that recyclable parts and resources can    20% of the toner put into a copier would go to waste,
                        uct design not only reduces raw material and energy                                   small print head and reduced optical path of the laser                                                                   easily be removed from used products.                       but with this system, toner waste is minimized.
                        consumption during production but also significantly                                  beam.                                                                                                                       For reuse, we promote the standardization of com-
                        contributes to reduced use of packaging materials, CO2                                                                                                                                                         ponents. We aim to design standardized parts for new         I Original Toner Recycling System
                        emissions during transportation and environmental                                                                                                                                                              products, such as motors that can be used for the next
                        impact upon disposal. Konica Minolta has been pro-                                                                                                                                                             generation as well, and strive to increase the reuse rate
                        moting a wide range of measures for resource con-                                                                                                                                                              from a long-term perspective.                                                                Developing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mechanism    Fresh toner
                        servation through its designs as part of designing                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cleaning
                        environmentally sound products. We produced the                                                                                                                                                                Uniformity of outer casing plastics promotes
                        smallest and lightest color laser printer in the world (as                                                                                                                                                     recycling                                                                        Drum
                        of March 2005), the “magicolor 2430DL color laser                                                                                                                                                              All outer casing parts for every multi-functional device
                        printer” released in December 2004, which has an opti-                                                                                                                                                         are made from the same two types of plastic in order
                                                                                                              magicolor 2430DL                                                                                                         to promote a closed material-recycling loop by recy-
                                                                                                              Dimensions: 430 × 395 × 341 mm (W × D × H)                                                                               cling plastics from end-of-life, multi-functional devices
                                                                                                              Weight:     approx. 18 kg (excluding consumables)                                                                                                                                                       Route of recycled toner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       and incorporating them into the manufacture of newer

Recycling system for    We promote the extensive reuse and recycling of single-use cameras.                                                                                                                                                                                                        Collection and recycling of multi-functional
single-use camera                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  devices and printers
series                  Used single-use cameras are returned to the Konica                                       Our adoption of sev-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   In March 2005, Konica Minolta was approved as a
                        Minolta Recycling Center from the photo developers/                                   eral module designs has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   “designated industrial waste disposer for wide area
                        minilabs where their films were developed. They are                                   enabled reuse per mod-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   recycling” by Japan’s Ministry of the Environment, and
                        sorted, taken apart and the parts inspected before                                    ule; thus, the efficiency
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   as of fiscal 2005, the copiers, multi-functional devices
                        being reused or recycled. Konica Minolta began collec-                                for disassembly, testing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   and printers that we sell in Japan can be collected.
                        tion of single-use cameras in 1990, opened the recy-                                  and reassembling parts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Thus the extent to which our products are placed
                        cling center in 1992 and established its own recycling                                during the reuse stage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   within the Konica Minolta Group’s recycling route has
                        system. We implement reuse and recycling worldwide,                                   has been increased.                                                                                                      Outer casing plastic part of multi-functional               been significantly expanded in Japan.
                        including in Europe and North America. The reuse rate                                    Even among products                                                                                                   devices
                        for single-use cameras collected through the recycling                                in different series, the
                        system is over 90% for parts, and if recycling is                                     reuse efficiency has been
                        included, the rate is almost 100%.                                                    significantly enhanced by
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Restriction of                  We promote action for all products including non-RoHS
                                                                                                              thoroughly designing stan- Collection work at                                            Hazardous Substances
                        Design for reuse and recycling increases the                                          dardized parts.
                                                                                                                                          North American site
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Directive (RoHS)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       designated products.
                        recycling ratio                                                                          Material recycling eligibility has also been increased                                                                Beginning in July 2006, sales in the EU of electrical and       By 2004, preparation for compliance with the RoHS
                        We carefully consider all aspects from the design stage                               by using polystyrene as the standard material for all                                                                    electronic equipment that contain any of six specified      Directive was completed for many products. We have
                        to maximize the reuse and recycling rate for collected                                resin parts.                                                                                                             toxic substances—namely lead, cadmium, mercury, hexa-       also been promoting the phasing out of these six spec-
                        single-use cameras.                                                                                                                                                                                            valent chromium and two types of polybromic fire retar-     ified toxic substances for non-RoHS designated prod-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       dants (PBB & PBDE)—will generally be prohibited (as         ucts in much the same way.
                         I Recycling System for Single-use Cameras                                                                                                                                                                     per the RoHS Directive).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          In March 2002, Konica Minolta was the first com-
                                                                                                                                 To the assembly process for                                                                           pany in the world to use lead-free solder in a single-use
                                                                                                                                     single-use cameras                                                                                camera. Since that time, Konica Minolta has used
                                                                                                Main unit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       lead-free solder in all types of single-use cameras in
                                                                                                                                                                       Reuse for other purposes

                                                                                                                           Inspection    Repair      Resin molding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       compliance with the RoHS Directive. For multi-func-

                                                   agent                                                       parts

                                                                                                Flash unit

                         Customer                             Konica                                                                                                                                                                   tional devices, we have long been promoting the use
                                                              Minolta                                                                                    Resin                                                                         of plastic that does not include any polybromic fire
                                                                                                Front cover                                          reproduction
                                                  Minilab                                                       parts       Crushing    Separation                                                                                     retardants and have already phased out their use from
                                                                                                Rear cover                                              Metal                                                                                                                                      FiLM-iN Centuria Super 800 Flash
                                                                                                                                                     reproduction                                                                      outer casing of all models.
                                                                                                                           Internal use                                                                                                                                                            Lead-free solder is used for flash unit.
                                                                Other                                         Batteries      External donation       Detoxification/
                                                                                                                                                     Recycling of
                                                                                                               Papers                                used paper

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