August 3, 2020
In 2017, Konica Minolta set a new goal of achieving the Carbon Minus status in 2050 in the Eco Vision 2050, a long-term environmental vision the company formulated in 2009. While Konica Minolta had been striving to reduce CO2 emissions from its products through their entire lifecycle (CO2 emissions produced by Konica Minolta’s business activities), the company launched new efforts to reduce CO2 emissions by more than the own CO2 emissions in collaboration with external stakeholders, including suppliers, customers and society, to achieve this new goal.
To realise the Carbon Minus status by 2030, earlier than the original schedule of 2050, Konica Minolta said it is necessary to accelerate the process of reducing CO2 emissions from internal and external sources. Konica Minolta is confident that its digital transformation (DX) will be effective in drastically reducing CO2 emissions from both sources and enable the company to achieve the goal by 2030.
Konica Minolta is going to focus more on its Green Factory activities. Especially, assembly factories that work with many suppliers will benefit from digital manufacturing, which enables the factories to enhance their productivity and develop optimal production plans together with suppliers, thus helping to raise the energy efficiency.
Konica Minolta said it is also promoting its Green Supplier activities to provide its expertise, advice and support to suppliers to help them reduce CO2 emissions.
Konica Minolta will also assist suppliers of its renewably powered Chinese MFP factories to shift to renewable sources by sharing the factories’ know-how on switching to renewable energy and prompting them to introduce renewable sources through cooperation with other suppliers in neighbouring areas.
Konica Minolta added that it not only offers energy-efficient products to reduce CO2 emissions from customers’ sites but also supports customers’ business operations and helps them enhance work efficiency and reduce environmental impacts by providing products and services that assist customers in digital transformation. These products and services include on-demand digital package, label and textile printing solutions that drastically improve production processes; the digital workplace platform that enables customers to go paperless, work anywhere, and thus reform their conventional workstyle; and edge-based IoT solutions to promote workflow reforms.
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