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Environmental Management Implementing ISO 14001-based management Group Wide, to Continue Environmental Improvement Activities

Medium-Term Environmental Plan (FY 2010 Targets)

The Konica Minolta Group is united by a worldwide environmental plan.

With an emphasis on the key concepts of "global," "group-wide," and "entire product lifecycle," Konica Minolta has set targets for reducing environmental impact, including a reduction in the absolute volume of waste generated, and is working to achieve them. We are focusing these efforts in three areas: Measures to Prevent Global Warming, Initiatives to Help Establish Recycling-based Society, and Minimize Chemical Risks.

Medium-Term Environmental Plan (FY 2010 Targets)
Measures to Prevent Global Warming
Reduce CO2 emissions by 20% by FY 2010 (compared to FY 2000)
FY 2010 Reduce CO2 emissions at all group production and R&D sites in Japan by 7% (compared to FY 1990)
FY 2010 Reduce CO2 emissions at production sites in the US, Europe, and Asia (excluding Japan) by 7% (compared to FY 2000)
FY 2010 Reduce CO2 emissions during distribution by 30% per unit of sales (compared to FY 2000)
FY 2010 Reduce CO2 emissions during product usage by 30% (compared to FY 2000)
Initiatives to Help Establish Recycling-based Society
Reduce waste at all production sites worldwide by 20% by 2010 (compared to FY 2000)
FY 2007 Attain Level 2* zero waste at all group productions sites in Japan
FY 2008 Attain Level 1* zero waste at all production sites in the US, Europe, and Asia (excluding Japan)
FY 2009 Attain Level 2* zero waste at all production sites in the US, Europe, and Asia (excluding Japan)
Minimize Chemical Risks FY 2010 Reduce total atmospheric VOC emissions by 90% (calculated based on risk conversion, compared to FY 2000)
FY 2007 Achieve complete elimination of specific heavy metals (lead, hexavalent chromium, cadmium, and mercury) from all products
FY 2010 Establish new mechanisms for chemical substance management that cover the supply chain
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Level 1 zero waste criteria
Recycling rate must be 90% or higher.
Final disposal rate should be 5% or lower (including secondary residue).
Cost reduction is achieved when the cost saving effects are at least 90% of the total recycling cost paid to outside parties (compared to the benchmark fiscal year), or when the sales of recycled materials and benefits from zero waste activities are greater than the total recycling cost paid to outside parties.
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Level 2 zero waste criteria
Achievement of Level 1 zero waste.
Volume of waste discharged externally per unit of sales must be reduced by 30% (compared to FY 2001).

Measures to Prevent Global Warming

We are working to achieve a 20% cut in CO2 emissions throughout the product lifecycle compared to FY 2000.

At Konica Minolta, we have established a challenging target: a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions throughout the product lifecycle, from production and distribution to use, by fiscal 2010, compared to fiscal 2000 levels. To ensure that we achieve this goal, itemized reduction targets have been set for the following four parameters: CO2 emissions from sites in Japan; from production sites in the U.S., Europe, and Asia (excluding Japan); during distribution; and during product use. Regarding CO2 emissions from our sites, we have set a challenging target:"a 7% reduction of CO2 emissions from all group sites in Japan by fiscal 2010, compared to fiscal 1990 levels," which is even more stringent than the 6% reduction target Japan must meet under the Kyoto Protocol. We have also set another target, "a 7% reduction of CO2 emissions from all production sites in the U.S., Europe, and Asia by fiscal 2010, compared to fiscal 2000 levels." We are working hard to achieve these targets.

Konica Minolta's Unique Approach

Helping to prevent global warming is one of the most important social responsibilities of the manufacturer today. The Konica Minolta Group is committed to helping prevent global warming from an overall product lifecycle perspective.
Our measures for reducing CO2 emissions cover not only emissions from our business sites during product manufacture, but also during product distribution and use at the customer's site. We implement CO2 reduction initiatives for every one of these stages.

CO2 emissions reduction throughout product lifecycle

In the area of CO2 emissions from production sites, each business company has set out its own targets per unit of production or other operational measure, and each is working to improve its productivity in terms of operating and yield rates, thereby achieving production with improved energy efficiency. Moreover, we globally implement an Energy-Conservation Support Program, under which experts comprehensively assess energy use at each site and identify energy-saving measures appropriate to each one. Konica Minolta is also committed to reducing CO2 emissions during distribution, by reducing air transport as much as possible, since it emits a larger amount of CO2 compared to other methods, and by improving distribution efficiency through proactive reorganization of its worldwide distribution network. In the area of reduction of CO2 emissions during product usage, we are contributing to CO2 emissions reduction by offering energy-saving features in our products, especially MFPs, thus helping customers to reduce the amount of electricity they use.

Initiatives to Help Establish Recycling-based Society

We are pursuing a 20% reduction in waste at all productions sites worldwide

As part of efforts to help create a recycling-based society, Konica Minolta has set a 20% reduction target (compared to FY 2000) to be achieved by fiscal 2010, for total waste generated by production sites worldwide. This target includes itemized zero waste objectives at sites in Japan as well as in the US, Europe, and the rest of Asia (Level 2 zero waste achievement requires a 30% reduction in waste sent outside the company per unit of sales). Initiatives like these are helping us to reduce the company's environmental impact around the world.

Minimize Chemical Risks

Our goal is to cut total atmospheric VOC emissions by 90%.

In the area of reducing chemical risks, we have set a target to cut our total atmospheric emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) by 90% (calculated based on risk conversion, compared to fiscal 2000). Individual reduction targets have also been set for priority substances such as dichloromethane, and Konica Minolta is continuing to minimize environmental risks posed by chemicals.

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