ENERGY STAR is an international voluntary labelling programme designed to protect the environment through the identification and promotion of energy-efficient products and practices. Every Konica Minolta business information product has qualified for the ENERGY STAR label since 1995.
Blue Angel Mark
The world’s first ecological label introduced in 1978, Germany’s Blue Angel Mark is awarded to products and services which are beneficial for the environment and also fulfil high standards of occupational health and safety and fitness for use. Konica Minolta has continued to receive this certification for many of its products since 1992.
The European Union’s RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) directive restricts certain harmful substances, including lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl, and polybrominated diphenyl ether from being used during the production of electrical and electronic equipment. Currently, all bizhub products are RoHS compliant.
The European Union’s WEEE (Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directive requires the collection and treatment of electronic & electrical equipment at the end of a product’s life through the manufacturer. Currently, all bizhub products are WEEE compliant.
ISO 14001 is an international standard for the environmental management of companies. Businesses are judged by their use of natural resources, handling of waste, energy consumption, and other criteria. In Japan, every Konica Minolta Group business and manufacturing site is ISO 14001 certified.
Introduced by the Canadian government in 1988, EcoLogo is the most widely recognised and respected environmental certification programme in North America. Konica Minolta obtained EcoLogo certification for 12 of its MFPs in the office Machines category in 2009.
The Eco Mark was established by the Japan Environment Association in 1989 as a standard environmental labelling system in Japan. Konica Minolta’s basic policy is to obtain Eco Mark certification for all its business information products.
The EcoLeaf is a Type III environmental labelling programme defined by ISO 14025, providing information on the environmental impact of a product throughout its lifecycle. Konica Minolta discloses environmental impact data concerning its business information products through the Eco Leaf system.
Japan’s Energy Conservation Grand Prize
This prize is given by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to companies producing consumer machines and systems that exhibit superior performance in saving energy and natural resources. Konica Minolta’s bizhub C650/C550 won the 2007 Energy Conservation Grand Prize highlighting their outstanding energy efficiency and innovative environmental technologies.
Green Apple Award
The Green Apple Award – from the Green Organisation, an independent environmental group – is an annual international campaign to reward companies that promote environmental best practice around the world. Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) was awarded this prestigious award in 2009, in recognition of their pioneering environmental project ‘Going Green with the Blues.’
The U.S. government’s General Services Administration’s (GSA) Evergreen Award Program recognises the efforts of business partners in recycling, affirmative procurement and waste reduction. Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. received the 2009 Evergreen Award for its commitment to global green initiatives, including efforts to maximise efficiency and minimise environmental impact.