Combating climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing our global society. Addressing it is a top goal in Konica Minolta's environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy. Our priority is to reduce — or prevent — greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions within our own operations and products, and help our customers do the same.
If you use our bizhub MFPs, you can further reduce emissions using:
To offset the remaining and unavoidable GHG emissions associated with office, home office and production printers, you can join our Enabling Climate Compensation programme. It covers the lifecycle of your print devices — from raw material sourcing, manufacture and logistics, through use and to disposal. (disposal for prodcution printers only)
The all-in-one programme makes emissions offsetting easy. While you use your Konica Minolta devices as normal, the total emissions are calculated and offset through certified climate protection projects.
The best known greenhouse gases (GHG) are carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions, widely known as carbon emissions, which also dominate globally in terms of quantity. Other climate-damaging greenhouse gases include methane (CH₄), nitrous oxide (N₂O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs) and sulphur hexafluoride (SF₆).*
Emissions of greenhouse gases other than carbon dioxide (CO₂) are typically converted into CO₂ equivalents according to their global warming potential (CO₂ = 1) for better comparability. That's why ClimatePartner indicates the value of saved greenhouse gases in climate protection projects as CO₂e. The small “e” after CO₂ means “equivalents” and so also includes other GHG emissions.
This reduces the global GHG footprint (or carbon footprint, a term that's still widely used) compared to the scenario without the impact of a climate protection project. Ultimately, it makes no difference to the climate where climate-damaging greenhouse gases are saved, nor which terms are used.
We deliver our Enabling Climate Compensation programme with international climate protection expert ClimatePartner. The programme supports climate protection projects around the world that replace fossil fuels with renewable energy in the fight against global warming. It offers a holistic approach to GHG offsetting by a certified climate protection project that meets the Gold Standard VER (voluntary emissions reduction) criteria. Gold Standard VER projects go beyond climate protection by taking social aspects into account.
Joining our Enabling Climate Compensation programme will help you prove your commitment to the fight against climate change through:
"Sustainability has been an integral part of our company for many years. We already use green electricity, rely on energy-saving lighting and partly on e-mobility and try to avoid waste. Offering our customers sustainable print products was therefore the next logical step for me – regardless of the fact that more and more customers are also demanding it. With the Enabling Climate Compensation programme it is very straightforward to print climate compensated, because Konica Minolta takes care of all the handling.”
Optimum Printing Services, Germany
Three steps to GHG emissions offsetting
Buy your new office or production printing system in combination with our Enabling Climate Compensation programme; or choose devices from your existing Konica Minolta fleet and opt for climate-compensated printing for one year (production print devices only) or the lifecycle.
Through the programme, the GHG emissions, based on our assumptions, generated by the relevant print devices during their lifecycle are offset by a certified climate protection project. For production print devices, you can alternatively opt to compensate the emissions from one year's usage
Printing is now done in a GHG-compensated way, which can help make your organisation more attractive to sustainability-minded customers and employees.
Although the term climate neutral is widely used and understood, increasingly strict legislation in Europe prohibits misleading advertising or will do so very soon. At Konica Minolta, we want to avoid being misleading in our communications, so have decided to use the term climate compensation instead of climate neutral or carbon neutrality. Climate compensation more clearly expresses how our Enabling Climate Compensation programme works. Under the programme, we calculate the greenhouse gases generated in connection with your printing devices and offer you the opportunity to save (or compensate) the same amount in a climate protection project supported by us. No matter what terms are used — whether carbon offset printing or climate-compensated printing — every activity that helps to counteract climate change counts in the end.
The museum decided to join forces with Konica Minolta to create a sustainable document management system by using the Enabling Climate Compensation programme service
Inter’s printing and document scanning infrastructure has been fully upgraded to improve organisational efficiency, create a collaborative working environment and foster a “smarter” way of working. Around 40 of the very latest MFPs have been installed in the new headquarters and sports centres.
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