Environmental Labels and Certifications
Actively providing environmental information about products through environmental labels.
Type I Environmental Labels
Type I environmental labelling refers to labels indicating that an independent certification body certifies that a product has a low environmental impact.
Blue Angel Mark
Launched in Germany in 1978 as the world's first environmental labeling system, the Blue Angel Mark is granted to certify products and services that have a small environmental impact. Since receiving the world's first Blue Angel certification in the field of copiers in January 1992, Konica Minolta has continued to receive certification for new products by clearing the certification bar each time it has been raised.
International Energy Star Program
Products that meet certain standards can be registered as Energy Star devices as part of an energy-saving program for imaging equipment that was implemented in 1995 through an agreement between the Japanese and U.S. governments. In fiscal 2021, models with the latest International Energy Star Program certification (*including equivalent models sold in the EU and Japan), accounted for 55.7% of sales of Konica Minolta's printers, MFPs and digital printing systems.
The Eco Mark was established by the Japan Environment Association in 1989 as a standard environmental labeling system in Japan. Konica Minolta's basic policy is to obtain Eco Mark certification for all its office equipment.
EPEAT（Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool）
This is an environmental assessment system established with the objective of encouraging the market development and sale of environmentally preferable products. The Global Electronics Council (GEC) runs and registers certifications. The program began in 2006 with labels for computers, and expanded to include imaging equipment in 2013. Products are assessed on a total of 59 criteria that address the product’s life cycle, including not only the reduction and ban of harmful substances and energy conservation, but also recycling services. Products are registered with an assessment of either gold, silver or bronze.
In October 2017, Konica Minolta expanded the scope of its certifications beyond the US and Australia and acquired Canada’s EPEAT certification. Konica Minolta also received its first “gold” ranking in Australia’s imaging equipment category.
In fiscal 2021, models with EPEAT certification (including equivalent models sold in the EU and Japan), accounted for 56.4% of sales of Konica Minolta's printers, multifunction printers and digital printing systems.
China Environmental Labelling
This is China’s environmental labeling program, introduced by the Chinese government in 1994. Konica Minolta continues to earn this certification for its IT office equipment.
Established by the Canadian government in 1988, EcoLogo is one of the most widely respected environmental standard and certification systems in North America. Since earning EcoLogo certification for MFPs in the newly established Office Machines category ahead of the competition in 2009, Konica Minolta has been proactive in obtaining certification.
Hong Kong Green Label Scheme
This environmental standard and certification mark is run by the Hong Kong Green Council, a nonprofit organization. To be certified, products are required to meet stringent standards concerning the reduction of harmful substances and consideration for environmental impact throughout the product life cycle. In March 2011, Konica Minolta received certification for three color MFP models, and they became the first MFPs to be certified. Since then, the company has been obtaining certification for its products proactively.
Thai Green Label
Konica Minolta products have been awarded the Thai Green Label operated by the Thailand Environment Institute in the areas of printers (TGL-37-R1-12) and photocopiers (TGL-27-R3-13).
The Thai Green Label was systematized in 1993, and it is a requirement under Thailand’s Green Public Procurement as a Type I environmental label based on ISO 14024, which started in August 1994.
Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
In the past, there were many systems certifying textiles as organic. An international working group was formed to develop these into an integrated international standard, and this resulted in the establishment of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) in 2005. GOTS also sets safety standards for the ink used in textile products, and in fiscal 2014, Konica Minolta applied for registration of reactive dye ink as an ink that meets these standards, becoming the first Japanese manufacturer to be registered with GOTS.
Type II Environmental Labels
Type II environmental labeling verifies/certifies the environmental characteristics of a product according to a company’s own standards.
Konica Minolta Sustainable Solutions Certification System
Konica Minolta adopted its Green Products Certification System in fiscal 2011 to evaluate and certify products that have excellent environmental performance. The purpose of the system is to contribute to the reduction of customers’ and society’s environmental impact by creating environmental value in line with the Group’s business and product characteristics, while increasing profits. The company changed the system’s name to the Sustainable Green Products Certification System in fiscal 2017. In fiscal 2021, the Group shifted to the Sustainable Solution Certification System, which continues to assess products’ environmental value and their effect in reducing the environmental impact, and also recognizes the contributions that solutions make in resolving environmental and social issues.
Type III Environmental Labels
Type-III environmental labeling provides information on the environmental impact of a product, based on quantitative measurement of environmental impact through the product's entire life cycle, from raw material procurement to production, sales, usage, disposal, and recycling.
Eco Leaf Environmental Label
The Eco Leaf Environmental Label is Type-III environmental labeling, and Konica Minolta has been disclosing environmental impact data concerning its office equipment under this label since 2002, the year when the system was started. Eco Leaf offers a system certification program whereby a third-party institution certifies that a company has mechanisms for the proper and effective gathering of environmental impact data. Konica Minolta has obtained this certification for its copier and printer businesses.
Products Registered in the Green Purchasing Network
Konica Minolta has registered products that comply with Japan’s Green Purchasing Law and the guidelines of the Green Purchasing Network (GPN*) in the GPN’s online database of environmentally friendly products, and discloses that information.
- Green Purchasing Network (GPN): A network of companies, governments, and consumers established in February 1996 to promote green purchasing initiatives.
Green Printing Certification
The green printing certification functions as a voluntary environmental standard for the printing industry by the Japan Federation of Printing Industries. Certification is granted to the printing plant and to the materials and equipment purchased by the plant. Konica Minolta has received certification for its products in the dry toner digital printer field of green printing materials and equipment category.
Recyclable Printing Materials
Recyclable Printing Materials are materials that do not interfere with the recycling of printed materials and are certified by the Paper Recycling Promotion Center. The purpose of such certification is to expand the use of waste paper, especially printed and information paper. The certification is also reflected in the determination standards for designated printing procurement items under the Act on Promoting Green Purchasing, overseen by Japan's Ministry of the Environment. Konica Minolta has been certified and registered in the area of recyclable dry toners.