Restoring and Preserving Biodiversity
Integration with the Green Factory Certification System
Undertaking measures for the conservation of ecosystems at its production sites
Konica Minolta is working to preserve biodiversity as part of its unique Green Factory Certification System for comprehensive evaluation of the environmental activities of its production sites. Guidelines have been set for consideration of water resources and wastewater, and proper management of greenery at factories, as the certification standards for Level 2 require compliance with these guidelines.
Guidelines for Biodiversity Preservation
Consideration of water resources
• Reduction targets are set for total water intake, or for water used on site, and reduction measures are implemented.
• If groundwater is used, measures must be taken to reduce the amount used
Consideration of wastewater
• In order to prevent ecological damage to rivers and lakes, a risk management system must be established to shut off highly polluted wastewater
• Checks are in place to determine the impact of wastewater emitted into public water areas on ecosystems, such as aquatic habitats
Proper management of greenery at factories
• Invasive alien species that are likely to have a negative impact on ecosystems are not planted or sown on the factory's premises.
• When planting trees in factory grounds, management and protection must be accorded to any rare species that are discovered
WET Testing at Four Japanese Plants Confirms
Conducting bioassay testing at plants to confirm that there is no negative impact on test organisms
Konica Minolta has included in the Guidelines for Biodiversity Preservation a stipulation that it investigate the impact plant wastewater has on ecosystems, and this is a certification requirement set forth in the Green Factory Certification System. In fiscal 2011, four plants in Japan that emit wastewater from manufacturing processes into public water areas carried out bioassays using Whole Effluent Toxicity (WET)* testing, which is a new method of wastewater management currently attracting attention around the world.
Specifically, the testing, implemented with the cooperation of the National Institute for Environmental Studies, was done on an alga (Selenastrum capricornutum), a crustacean (Ceriodaphnia dubia), and a fish (zebra fish, Danio rerio). The results indicated that there was no negative impact (alga: inhibition of growth; crustacean: inhibition of breeding; fish: reduced hatching rate or reduced survival rate after hatching) on any of the three test organisms at any of the four plants.
In fiscal 2012, WET testing was conducted at a plant in Malaysia, and the results indicated that there was no negative impact on the alga or other test organisms. The Group will continue to conduct WET testing as needed, such as when there is a change in production processes.
- WET: A method that assesses the aggregate toxic effect of wastewater on aquatic life rather than the volume of individual chemical substances. Unlike conventional effluent management methods, it enables holistic assessment of the effect of an effluent, detecting impact caused by any non-regulated chemical substance or the combined impact of multiple substances.
Procurement Standards for Paper Forms
Procuring copy paper in consideration of forest resource conservation
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Co., Ltd., an office equipment and solutions sales company in Japan, has established the PPC Paper Purchase Standards, which have been implemented since 2007. The Standards stipulate that copy paper supplied to customers should be procured by taking into account the impact of forest destruction and degradation on living environments of animals, plants, and people. The company has been conducting a review of its procurement standards for paper from a global perspective to ensure the sustainability of forest resources.