Green Products (product initiatives)
Provision of Product Environmental Information
Actively providing environmental information about products through environmental labels
Type I Environmental Labels
Type I environmental labelling refers to labels indicating that an independent certification body certifies that a product has a low environmental impact.
Blue Angel Mark
Launched in Germany in 1978 as the world's first environmental labeling system, the Blue Angel Mark is granted to certify products and services that have a small environmental impact. Since receiving the world's first Blue Angel certification in the field of copiers in January 1992, Konica Minolta has continued to receive certification for new products by clearing the certification bar each time it has been raised.
International Energy Star Program
Products that meet certain standards can be registered as Energy Star devices as part of an energy-saving program for OA equipment. Implemented in 1995 through an agreement between the Japanese and U.S. governments, the international program has now expanded with the participation of the European Union, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, and other countries.
Almost all of Konica Minolta's MFPs and laser printers meet the Energy Star standards.
The Eco Mark was established by the Japan Environment Association in 1989 as a standard environmental labeling system in Japan. Konica Minolta's basic policy is to obtain Eco Mark certification for all its office equipment.
China Environmental Labelling
This is China’s environmental labeling program, introduced by the Chinese government in 1994. Konica Minolta continues to earn this certification for its IT office equipment.
Established by the Canadian government in 1988, EcoLogo is North America's most widely respected environmental standard and certification system. In 2009, Konica Minolta obtained EcoLogo certification, ahead of the competition, for 12 of its MFPs in the newly established Office Machines category.
China Environmental Labeling Product Certification for Low-carbon Products
In 2010, the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection introduced a new low-carbon product certification system targeting four categories: MFPs, printers, household refrigerators, and household washing machines. Konica Minolta's high environmental performance based on the company's proprietary technology was evaluated, with the result that the monochrome MFP bizhub 164 and other models were granted certification.
Hong Kong Green Label Scheme
This environmental standard and certification mark is run by the Hong Kong Green Council, a nonprofit organization. To be certified, products are required to meet stringent standards concerning the reduction of harmful substances and consideration for environmental impact throughout the product life cycle. In March 2011, Konica Minolta received certification for three color MFP models, and they became the first MFPs to be certified. Since then, the company has been obtaining certification for its products proactively.
Thai Green Label
Konica Minolta products have been awarded the Thai Green Label operated by the Thailand Environment Institute in the areas of printers (TGL-37-R1-12) and photocopiers (TGL-27-R3-13).
The Thai Green Label was systematized in 1993, and it is a requirement under Thailand’s Green Public Procurement as a Type I environmental label based on ISO 14024, which started in August 1994.
Type II Environmental Labels
Type II environmental labeling verifies/certifies the environmental characteristics of a product according to a company’s own standards.
Konica Minolta Green Products Certification System
Konica Minolta adopted its own Green Products Certification System in 2011 to evaluate and certify products that have excellent environmental performance. The purpose of the system is to contribute to the reduction of customers’ and society’s environmental impact by creating environmental value in line with the Group’s business and product characteristics.
Under this system, products are certified at three levels—Sustainable Products (SP), Green Products Plus (GPplus), and Green Products (GP)—based on criteria established for different businesses and product characteristics with respect to certification standards.
In fiscal 2015, 35 models of certified products were created, bringing the total to 182 models.
Type III Environmental Labels
Type-III environmental labeling provides information on the environmental impact of a product, based on quantitative measurement of environmental impact through the product's entire life cycle, from raw material procurement to production, sales, usage, disposal, and recycling.
Eco Leaf Environmental Label
The Eco Leaf Environmental Label is Type-III environmental labeling, and Konica Minolta has been disclosing environmental impact data concerning its office equipment under this label since 2002, the year when the system was started. Eco Leaf offers a system certification tool whereby a third-party institution certifies that a company has mechanisms for the proper and effective gathering of environmental impact data. Konica Minolta has obtained this certification for its copier and printer businesses.
EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool)
EPEAT has been a comprehensive environmental rating that helps identify green computers and other electronic equipment since 2006. Imaging equipment was added as a new product category in 2013. The EPEAT is managed by the Green Electronics Council, a non-profit organization based in Portland, Oregon. It ranks products as gold, silver or bronze based on 59 environmental performance criteria considering the life cycle of imaging equipment.
As of March 2016, Konica Minolta’s percentage of “gold” rankings for its registered imaging equipment products was the highest in the MFP category. In May 2016, Konica Minolta further expanded the scope of its certifications and acquired Australia’s EPEAT certification. Konica Minolta acquired its first “gold” ranking in Australia’s imaging equipment category.
Products Registered in the Green Purchasing Network
Konica Minolta has registered products that comply with Japan’s Green Purchasing Law and the guidelines of the Green Purchasing Network (GPN*) in the GPN’s online database of environmentally friendly products, and discloses that information.
- Green Purchasing Network (GPN): A network of companies, governments, and consumers established in February 1996 to promote green purchasing initiatives.
Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
In the past there were many systems certifying that the fibers in textiles were organic. An international working group was formed to unify those systems and create an international standard, and as a result, the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) was established in 2005. GOTS has also established safety standards for things such as the inks used in textiles. In 2014, Konica Minolta applied for registration of reactive dye ink as ink that meets those standards. It became the first ink registered with GOTS by a Japanese manufacturer.
Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)/Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
Konica Minolta provides Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) with information such as the substances contained in a product and handling precautions in order to facilitate the safe handling of chemical products. MSDS are also called Safety Data Sheets (SDS) to comply with international standards.
Article Information Sheets (AIS)
Konica Minolta provides documents with information such as the substances contained in a product and its handling precautions in order to facilitate the safe handling of articles that are not covered by MSDS, such as printing products.