Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. announces that parent company Konica Minolta, Inc. has been awarded a “2013 Environment Minister’s Award for Global Warming Prevention Activity (Implementation of Countermeasures)” by the Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan, in recognition of the initiatives to prevent global warming through the company’s “Green Factory Certification System.”
Presented each December during Global Warming Prevention Month, the Ministry of Environment has awarded the Environment Minister’s Award for Global Warming Prevention Activity since 1998, honoring individuals or groups that have made significant contributions toward preventing global warming.
“We continue to work towards corporate sustainability goals and being able to witness the results of this work, as well as receiving recognition for our success, is truly an honor," says Kevin Kern, senior vice president, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. “Under the communication message ‘Giving Shape to Ideas,’ Konica Minolta will keep developing new ideas that promise superior performance and seek to reduce our overall impact on the environment.”
The Green Factory Certification System is part of Konica Minolta’s Eco Vision 2050 vision. This vision is guided by three main goals for the year 2050: reduce CO2 emissions throughout the product life cycle by 80% compared to 2005 levels; promote recycling and effective use of Earth's limited resources; and work to promote restoration and preservation of biodiversity. As part of this vision, Konica Minolta has established the “Three Green Activities” that will help achieve these goals. The Green Factory Certification System is one of the “Three Green Activities” and serves to comprehensively evaluate the environmental activities of Konica Minolta’s production sites. In place since 2010, the purpose of this system is to bring costs down and reduce environmental impact by developing activities in line with each business’ production strategy.