To offset carbon emissions, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe has concluded a partnership with the international environmental expert ClimatePartner in 2015.
Thus, through the "Active Carbon Neutrality" program, Konica Minolta has been offering carbon-clearing solutions to customers for four years. Customers from eleven countries have joined this move, offsetting over 10 million CO2. Konica Minolta has offset over 16 million kilograms of CO2 through a series of environmental initiatives. One of these steps is the transformation of the Konica Minolta European headquarters in Langenhagen into a carbon neutral one, along with emissions compensation for organized events and fairs.
"We take the responsibility to significantly reduce the impact of carbon emissions on the environment. Our efforts to combat carbon emissions are a key element in this endeavor. Our "Active Carbon Neutrality" program, developed in partnership with ClimatePartener Partner, enables us to provide our customers with an effective tool to prevent and reduce CO2 emissions. The partnership between Konica Minolta and ClimatePartner has already reached its fifth year, " said Teresa Haller-Mangold, Manager of Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe's Sustainability Division.
Customers enrolled in this program are included in a Gold Standard Certified Compensation Project in Aruba: a wind farm with a total capacity of 30 megawatts that reduces the consumption of diesel and other fuels by producing wind energy.
This project contributes to combating global warming in two ways: first, combustion of fuels to produce electricity generates a significant amount of CO2; secondly, Caribbean islands import fuel from other countries, which negatively influences the environment. Thus, the Konica Minolta project has an extremely positive impact on environmental protection, by creating local employment opportunities and supporting the modernization of local infrastructure.
"These projects help us to have both a correct approach to climate change and a positive impact on local companies, "added Teresa Haller-Mangold.
In January 2018, Konica Minolta operations at the European headquarters in Langenhagen were neutral in terms of gas emissions. All emissions, from energy use to business travel, are reduced - including those produced by international events such as fairs or the European Leadership Campus With all these efforts to reduce carbon emissions, Konica Minolta has compensated over 16 million kilograms of CO2.
At the same time, Konica Minolta is focusing on the use of alternative energy sources. In January 2019, Konica Minolta joined the RE100 initiative, assuming his commitment to using 100% renewable electricity by 2050.
Konica Minolta headquarters is already fully completed with renewable energy. All of these actions are in line with the company's long-term environmental commitment - Eco Vision 2050, launched in 2009 to support 80% CO2 reduction by 2050 compared to 2005. Konica Minolta's medium-term objective of reducing carbon emissions by 40% by 2016 has been exceeded, reaching 49%.
Also, the company's efforts and implications in sustainability projects are recognized.
In January 2019, Konica Minolta has also been named one of the 100 most suited 100 corporations around the world in "Global 100" top, made by Corporate Knights.