Preventing Global Warming
CO2 Emissions from Distribution
Targets and Results for Fiscal 2012 (Distribution)
Reduced airfreight volume to greatly exceed targets
Even if transporting the same weight of cargo over the same distance, an airplane emits 57 times more CO2 than a ship (value published in the GHG Protocol). That is why Konica Minolta is putting priority efforts on reducing airfreight use in its operations. In fiscal 2012 it again made every effort to minimize quality problems, stick to development schedules, and improve demand forecasts, with the aim of reducing airfreight. These efforts resulted in a reduction that greatly exceeded the company’s target.
Fiscal 2012 Targets and Results (compared with fiscal 2005)
Self-assessment *** Achievement more than 100% ** Achievement more than 80% and less than 100% * Achievement less than 80%
|Objectives||Fiscal 2012 Targets||Fiscal 2012 Results||Self-assessment|
|Preventing global warming||CO2 emissions from distribution: -4.4% (per unit of sales)||-13.7%||***|
Initiatives in Distribution
Konica Minolta aims to reduce CO2 emissions from its distribution activities needed for each process ranging from procurement to production and sales.
Promoting a Modal Shift
Konica Minolta has been promoting a modal shift for the long-distance transportation of products and parts, switching from aircraft and trucks to ships, railways and other means that emit less CO2.
When transporting its business information products internationally, the company normally uses marine transportation, but on occasion air transportation was necessary. To reduce the frequency of air transportation, the Group is working to enhance its demand forecasting accuracy and to review inventory management systems.
Improving Distribution Routes and Systems
Konica Minolta is reducing CO2 emissions from its distribution processes by proactively restructuring its logistics facilities around the world.
In June 2008, for example, the company consolidated two logistics centers for business information products, one in Germany and the other in the Netherlands, at a new location in Emmerich, Germany, to serve all of Europe. Through such restructurings, the company aims to shorten the overall transport distance in its logistics operations Group-wide, while expanding the scope of direct customer delivery areas.
Milk Run Logistics (Round collection of cargos)
The term "milk run" originally came from the milk collecting system of dairy producers who visited dairy farms to collect milk in a single vehicle. In the manufacturing industry, it refers to a collection method in which a single vehicle is used to make rounds picking up goods from various supplier instead of requesting each supplier to deliver goods individually.
Konica Minolta is using the milk run logistics in Wuxi City in Jiangsu, China. It contributes to reducing CO2 emissions by shortening the total driving mileage of the trucks.
In addition, the Group is also reducing waste by using re-usable boxes instead of cartons to transport the parts.
Container Round Use
Container Round Use is a concept in which the devanned container is used for export without returning it to the shipping company. By omitting the process of returning the devanned empty container and getting the new empty container for vanning, the concept contributes to both reducing CO2 emissions and saving transportation cost.
Konica Minolta Logistics Co., Ltd. is implementing the Container Round Use system in the most effective manner by managing and controlling the shipping schedule with shipping companies and handling the containers that belong to the same shipping companies with minimum loss.
Further, the company is contributing to the reduction of CO2 emissions by arranging a joint delivery combining finished products and parts, and sub-assembled units from overseas' manufacturing sites, that were previously transported individually.