Providing Services to Solve Customers’ Environmental Issues
Support to Reduce Environmental Impact and Innovate Work Styles
Enhancing the ability to provide solutions through actual practice in Konica Minolta’s own offices―comprehensive solutions for work space design
Konica Minolta offers office solution services that contribute to work style reforms, on top of reducing environmental impact, through optimization of office environments. When Konica Minolta Japan, Inc. moved its head office, it took a variety of measures in its new office in order to verify for itself the effects of its solutions and also to enhance its ability to propose solutions to customers by demonstrating actual practice. This practical experience was used to create comprehensive services with office space design solutions such as the “Design Your Time!” initiative.
For example, it implemented wide-ranging office solutions such as the optimal positioning of MFPs, the reduction of printouts and document storage space through document digitization, the reduction of business trips and transportation through the adoption of teleconferencing, and the increase of information management sophistication using the cloud environment.
These solutions led to reductions in environmental impact and costs, including a 24% reduction in copy paper printouts, a 44% reduction in electricity consumption, and a 44% reduction in CO2 emissions. They also freed up more than 200 square meters of space within the office. Additionally, work style improvements stimulated communication among employees, creating a highly productive office environment marked by on-target communication. Through the use of telework, CO2 emissions from commuting are reduced, along with total travel and transportation expenses. By providing flexible and convenient work environments, employee retention rates can be increased and excellent human resources can be secured. What is more, this new office is used as a live showroom that customers can experience.
Support for Environmental Impact Reduction That Addresses Customers' Environmental Issues and Concerns
Konica Minolta has been developing Bizhub Eco service package revolving around MFPs to solve customers' environmental issues and concerns in Europe. Bizhub Eco uses Konica Minolta's Optimized Print Services (OPS) to set the installed MFPs to the most energy and resource-efficient setting for the usage situation of the customer. For a fee, the package also includes a carbon offset for the entire product lifecycle, biodiversity protection measures in the form of tree planting activities, and local NPO support. By also providing signage to explain the green activities promoted by Bizhub Eco, Konica Minolta facilitates internal communication in the ’customers’ office.
(Available in France, Germany, United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Switzerland)
Clean Planet Program
Konica Minolta collects used consumables from its customers via the Clean Planet recycling program in the United States and Europe.*
Using a portal site, customers can solve their printer cartridge recycling problem by ordering a collection box and returning it as soon as the box is full.
The recovered consumables are material-recycled using the latest technology in cooperation with a leading recycling company, Close the Loop, to maximize the collection of secondary raw materials. No incineration or landfills are used.
*In Europe the program has been launched in Belgium, the Netherlands and Norway, and there are plans to expand to other countries.
Recycling Support at Customer Sites Due to Improvement of Deinking Process
In the European market, a deinking process is required for recycling printed copy paper. Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH has been certified for deinking by the International Association of the Deinking Industry (INGEDE). Deinking enables high-level paper recycling and helps promote the effective use of resources.
Contributing to the Reduction of Environmental Impact through Print on Demand (POD) Service
Contributing to cost reductions and energy savings by undertaking customers’ printing work
The POD service offered by Kinko’s Japan Co., Ltd. handles printing in a short time according to customers’ requests. For example, by using this service during their busy seasons, customers no longer need to always have enough of their own printers ready to handle the print volume of peak times. This allows customers to keep down costs for installing and maintaining equipment, and it also translates into resource and energy savings for society as a whole.