Konica Minolta Achieves Goal of Sourcing 100% Renewable Electricity in Its MFP Production Site in China

| 15 April 2019

Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) today announced that one of its MFP production sites in China, Konica Minolta Business Technologies (DONGGUAN) Co., Ltd. (BMDG) in Guangdong province, has achieved its goal of procuring 100% of the electricity it uses from renewable sources.


A manufacturer of Konica Minolta's main products, multi-functional peripherals (MFPs) and digital printing systems, BMDG was certified as a Clean Production Company by Dongguan City in 2011, and as a five-star company in the Green Supply Chain Assessment in 2017, making the company a leader in environmental stewardship in China. BMDG installed a solar power generation system, covering an area of 25,000 m2 and with a generating capacity of 1.8 MW, in November 2017, enabling the company to procure nearly 15%[1] of its electricity requirement from solar power. In January 2019, BMDG shifted to green power certified[2] sources to meet the rest of its electricity needs, thus procuring 100% of its electricity from renewable sources.

Starting from production sites such as BMDG, Konica Minolta will step up efforts to procure more electricity from renewable sources by taking action to achieve 100% renewable electricity in its bases around the world in line with local conditions.

BMDG's Efforts to Achieve Carbon Minus Status

Under its Eco Vision 2050, Konica Minolta has been promoting the Carbon Minus concept, involving external stakeholders in its environmental efforts to reduce CO2 emissions by more than is emitted from its products throughout their lifecycles. BMDG, in addition to encouraging eco-friendly practices in-house, endeavors to share its environmental improvement measures with suppliers and customers through factory tours and environmental seminars, while visiting the factories of its suppliers to discuss measures to reduce environmental burdens together and help them implement the measures. In doing so, BMDG contributes to reducing CO2 emissions both internally and externally.

[1] March 2018 to February 2019

[2] International Renewable Energy Certificate that is applicable in China

 

About Konica Minolta, Inc. 

Konica Minolta, Inc. is a global technology company that provides innovative solutions to businesses and society. With its strengths in the combination of its core technologies in advanced imaging, optics, sensing, materials and nano-processing, Konica Minolta is committed to creating new values supporting customers to address challenges in their operations and work processes. Advancing its expertise in digital technologies, the company has been going through business transformation into a digital company, with insights into implicit challenges across the board as ‘One Konica Minolta’ in the era of Internet of the Things (IoT). Konica Minolta is also active in open innovation through various collaborations and alliances with academic, industrial and entrepreneurial partners.
Headquartered in Tokyo, Konica Minolta has its Group companies in 50 countries with over 43,000 employees and offers products and services in 150 countries around the world.


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About Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH, based in Langenhagen, Germany, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Inc., Tokyo, Japan. With its unique expertise in imaging, data processing and data-based decision making, Konica Minolta creates relevant solutions for its customers - small and medium-sized businesses, large enterprises and public sector - and solves issues faced by society.


As a digital workplace solution provider, Konica Minolta helps its clients to identify and unlock the potential digitalisation holds and reach the next level in the digital maturity of their organisation by rethinking the workplace. In support of an ‘Intelligent connected workplace’, Konica Minolta offers cloud, IT, managed print and video solution services for remote working, collaboration, workflow management and automation and security. The company’s success in driving transformation is also confirmed by IDC, since the ‘IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Print Transformation 2020 Vendor Assessment’ stated that Konica Minolta is ‘recognised globally as a leader in print transformation’. Konica Minolta has been a Microsoft Global Managed Partner since 2021.


Konica Minolta's Igniting Print Possibilities offering helps printers, converters and brand owners maximise workflow automation to increase efficiency. The company delivers consultancy in all communication matters as well as top-of-the-line production, packaging as well as label printers. Its finishing devices create print products that stand out and create added value. Konica Minolta has established itself as the production printing market leader for more than a decade in Europe (InfoSource).


For an increasing number of organisations, success today is more than the narrow definition of financial prosperity – it also includes protecting the environment and having a positive impact on their workforce as well as the societies they are embedded in. With its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Konica Minolta has pledged to consistently pursue its sustainability and social responsibility goals.


The company has been repeatedly recognised for its rich history of social contribution as well as for working towards achieving the SDGs throughout its business and supply chain. Konica Minolta is listed among “2021 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World” and received the highest level in EcoVadis Sustainability Ratings.


For its innovative service approach that complements their devices perfectly, Konica Minolta was awarded the prestigious ‘Buyers Lab PaceSetter Award for Serviceability and Support 2020/2021’ from Keypoint Intelligence.


Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe is represented by subsidiaries and distributors in more than 80 countries in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. With approximately 9,000 employees (as of April 2021), Konica Minolta Europe earned net sales of over 1.9 billion in financial year 2020/2021.


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