Green Factories (Production Initiatives)
Excellent Green Factory Certification System
Initiatives in Production
Konica Minolta’s Green Factory Certification System aims to reduce both environmental impact and operating costs. All production sites had achieved the highest standard (Level 2) by fiscal 2015. Moving forward, the company launched its Excellent Green Factory Certification System in fiscal 2016. An Excellent Green Factory is a site that has achieved the system’s certification standard of reducing CO2 emissions from external sources by an amount equivalent to 10% of its own emissions by working in unison with suppliers, customers, and communities. This is in addition to complying with the previous certification standards for reducing environmental impacts from internal sources.
Fiscal 2019 Green Factories Activity Results
In fiscal 2019, the Group's goal was to achieve Excellent Green Factory certification for all its primary production sites worldwide. Eight new sites achieved the certification, and now there are nine primary Excellent Green Factories (4 in Japan, 2 in China, 1 in Malaysia, 1 in the United States, and 1 in France). In addition to its internal environmental activities, each production site also develops its own improvement measures for suppliers and customers through factory tours and environmental seminars. The sites also help reduce CO2 emissions outside the company by visiting partner facilities and working with them to investigate and implement measures to reduce environmental impact.
A Group Executive of Konica Minolta, Inc. (center) listens to an explanation of production process environmental measures
Konica Minolta Business Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. was certified as an Excellent Green Factory in September 2019
Thanks to these efforts, in fiscal 2019, a CO2 emissions reduction of 109 thousand tons was achieved, along with a waste reduction of 18 thousand tons, both in the production stage compared to fiscal 2005 levels. This resulted in a total cost savings of 6.9 billion yen.