About Konica Minolta

Giving Shape to Ideas

Green Factories (procurement and production initiatives)

Green Factory Certification System

System Overview

Creating highly efficient production sites that minimize the use of energy and resources, cut costs, and reduce environmental impact

Konica Minolta has operated its original Green Factory Certification System for comprehensive evaluation of the environmental activities at its production sites since 2010.

The purpose of this system is to bring costs down and reduce environmental impact at the same time by developing activities in line with the production strategy of each business. Also, in addition to achieving goals based on the environmental themes of preventing global warming, supporting a recycling-oriented society, reducing the risk of chemical substances, and restoring and preserving biodiversity, the system sets, as its certification requirements, the degree of achievement of guidelines with around 250 items related to the implementation process. This, in turn, consolidates Konica Minolta’s knowhow in terms of certification conditions in an effort to improve activities qualitatively.

Green Factory Certification Standards
Objectives Management Indicators Level 1 Level 2
Preventing global warming CO2 emissions (per unit of production*1) 12% reduction*6 20% reduction*6
Supporting a recycling-oriented society Zero waste activities Waste discharged externally*2 (per unit of sales*3) 30% reduction*6 50% reduction*6
Final disposal rate of total waste 0.5% or less 0.5% or less
Petroleum-based resource waste*4 (per unit of sales) 30% reduction*6 50% reduction*6
Reducing the risk of chemical substances Atmospheric emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) Achievement of Fiscal 2011 Targets at each site based on Medium-Term Environmental Plan Achievement of fiscal 2015 targets at each site based on Medium-Term Environmental Plan
Guidelines for managing soil contamination risk - Consistent with guidelines
Restoring and preserving biodiversity Guidelines for biodiversity preservation (consideration of water resources and wastewater, and proper management of greenery at factories) - Consistent with guidelines
Guideline-based activities Achievement rate of implemented items*5 70% or more 90% or more
Per unit of production: Environmental impact in terms of production output or production volume. Each business unit selects the measure that enables its productivity versus CO2 emissions to be evaluated appropriately.
Waste discharged externally: Volume discharged outside Konica Minolta sites, obtained by subtracting the internally recycled and reduced volumes from the total waste generated in production processes.
Per unit of sales: Environmental impact in terms of sales.
Petroleum-based resources waste: Volume of petroleum-based resources waste out of total volume of waste discharged externally.
The guidelines have a 4-point evaluation benchmark ranging from 0 to 3 points for each implemented item and a standard score which serves as the performance target. The achievement rate refers to the percentage of items that meet the standard score relative to all items.
The base year is fiscal 2005. Based on this numerical value, standards tailored to factory characteristics are established. However, in the event that there is a significant change to production items or production conditions due to business reorganization, the base year may be revised according to the Group's internal regulation.

Results of Green Factories Activities

Production Sites with Green Factory Status

Konica Minolta has ensured that all of its product sites achieve Green Factory Level 2

In fiscal 2015, an additional four sites (two in Japan, one in the U.S. and one in France) earned Green Factory Level 2, finishing the process of bringing production sites (18) up to Level 2.

Green Factory Level 2 Achievement Units
Business Year Achieved
Konica Minolta Opto Products Co., Ltd. Fiscal 2012
Konica Minolta Opto (Dalian) Co., Ltd. Fiscal 2012
Konica Minolta Optical Products (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. Fiscal 2012
Konica Minolta Technoproducts Co., Ltd. (Sayama) Fiscal 2012
Konica Minolta Technoproducts Co., Ltd. (Hino) Fiscal 2012
Konica Minolta Business Technologies (Wuxi) Co., Ltd. Fiscal 2013
Konica Minolta Opto Device Co., Ltd., Fiscal 2013
Konica Minolta, Inc., Optics Company, Sensing Business Unit (Sakai Site) Fiscal 2013
Konica Minolta Business Technologies (Dongguan) Co., Ltd. Fiscal 2014
Konica Minolta Electronics Co., Ltd. Fiscal 2014
Konica Minolta Supplies Manufacturing Kansai Co., Ltd. Fiscal 2014
Toyohashi Precision Products Co., Ltd. Fiscal 2014
Konica Minolta Chemical Co., Ltd. Fiscal 2014
Konica Minolta, Inc., Inkjet Business Unit Fiscal 2014
Konica Minolta Supplies Manufacturing France S.A.S. Fiscal 2015
Konica Minolta Supplies Manufacturing Co., Ltd. Fiscal 2015
Konica Minolta Supplies Manufacturing U.S.A., Inc. Fiscal 2015
Functional Material Division, Konica Minolta, Inc. Fiscal 2015
Konica Minolta Electronics Co., Ltd., and Toyohashi Precision Products Co., Ltd., merged, forming Konica Minolta Mechatronics Co., Ltd. (April 1, 2016).

Effects of Green Factories Activities

Through its Green Factories activities, Konica Minolta strove to increase productivity, bring costs down, and reduce the CO2 emissions and generation of waste resulting from production operations.

In fiscal 2015, it achieved the following reduction results:

Cost reduction 5.4 billion yen
CO2 reduction 71 thousand tons
Waste reduction 14 thousand tons

Excellent Green Factory Certification System

In fiscal 2016, Konica Minolta is launching its new Excellent Green Factory Certification System. Along with promoting further cost and environmental impact reduction at production sites, the new system sets activity standards for fiscal 2018 that involve cooperation with stakeholders, such as customers, business partners, and local communities. By making the most of its technology and expertise, Konica Minolta is determined to contribute to the global environment on a broad scale that goes beyond its own corporate organization.

Excellent Green Factory Certification System

Back to top