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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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-
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/
Papers used paper
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