Green Factories (procurement and production initiatives)
Addressing Biodiversity in Production Activities (Consideration of Water Resources and Wastewater, Proper Management of Greenery at Factories)
Consideration of Biodiversity at Production Sites
Carrying out efforts in accordance with the Guidelines for Biodiversity Preservation
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.
In April 2011, guidelines were set for water resources and wastewater, along with the proper management of greenery at factories, and 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 consumption, 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 eliminate highly polluted wastewater
- Checks are in place to determine the impact on ecosystems such as aquatic habitats of wastewater emitted into public water areas
<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 on factory grounds, management and protection must be accorded to any rare species that are discovered
Consideration of Water Resources
Konica Minolta monitors and manages the volume of water use at each site and strives to reduce its total water consumption in line with the reduction targets it has established.
The Group has conducted a comprehensive risk assessment on usage of water resources at production sites and R&D sites throughout the Group. Results of an analysis conducted using the World Resources Institute's (WRI) Aqueduct* showed that the Group has no sites with an extremely high risk.
In fiscal 2015, the Group expanded Aqueduct assessments to some of its leading suppliers. The assessment found no supplier sites that have an extremely high risk.
Some production sites in China that were identified as having a comparatively high water risk have now set water use reduction targets and are working toward achieving those targets through measures such as installing water-saving faucet valves, checking for leakage from piping, and repairing piping damage.
In the future, the Group will continue to conduct water risk assessments when establishing new sites and changing the business environment, and it will take measures to reduce water use as necessary.
Additionally, production sites that use groundwater as their main intake source have set reduction targets with an indicator of the percentage of groundwater use accounted for in production output (i.e., per unit of production). They are making efforts to reduce the use of groundwater, such as by turning off the supply of cooling water when production is stopped.
- Aqueduct: World maps and information showing the latest water risks published by the WRI. Produced based on 12 key water risk indicators such as physical water stress and regulatory risk related to water resources.
Consideration of Wastewater
Konica Minolta regularly conducts compliance assessments on a global basis to confirm the status of compliance with laws, ordinances, agreements, and other relevant regulations related to effluent, with the aim of preventing water pollution from effluent.
The Group has assessed the effect of effluent on the ecosystem at production sites that release effluent used in the production process into rivers. It adopted WET,* a new effluent management method using bioassays that is gaining worldwide attention, when conducting the assessments. With the cooperation of Japan's National Institute for Environmental Studies, the Group conducted tests using three aquatic species (algae, crustaceans, and fish). The results indicated that there was no negative impact (algae: inhibition of growth; crustaceans: inhibition of breeding; fish: reduced hatching rate or reduced survival rate after hatching) on any of the three test organisms.
- WET (Whole Effluent Toxicity): A method that assesses the aggregate toxic effect of wastewater on aquatic life rather than the evaluation 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.
Proper Management of Greenery at Factories
Golden orchid at the Tokyo Site Hino Konica Minolta practices proper management of greenery on the grounds of the Group's production sites. By preparing greenery management lists for each site and conducting periodic checks, it makes sure that there are no invasive species, including sowing seeds.
Additionally, when rare species are discovered at a site, efforts are made to protect the species by making employees and visitors aware of its presence by putting up signs and fences. For instance, the Tokyo Site Hino is managing and protecting Golden Orchid (cephalanthera falcata) and Japanese lily (lilium speciosum), which are endangered species.
Consideration of Biodiversity in Procurement
Procuring copy paper in consideration of forest resource conservation
Konica Minolta Japan, Inc., a 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 the living environments of animals, plants, and people.