Press release Konica Minolta Receives “2013 Environment Minister’s Award for Global Warming Prevention Activity” Langenhagen/Germany, December 11, 2013 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 Environmental Minister’s Award for Global Warming Prevention Activity since 1998, honouring individuals or groups that have made significant contributions toward preventing global warming. “We are very proud to receive this award that confirms we are successfully maintaining our path towards achieving our long-term environmental vision,” says Benjamin Bossdorf-Zimmer, Team Manager Sustainability Group, International Marketing Division, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe. “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. For additional information on Konica Minolta’s corporate social responsibility, please visit
Award Ceremony (December 4, 2013) Left: Nobuteru Ishihara, Minister of the Environment Right: Shu Nishiwaki, Group Executive General Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility Operations, Konica Minolta, Inc.
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, forming part of its Business Technologies business area. As a leading global service provider in the field of IT- and document processes as well as digital production printing solutions the company excels in service-led business consulting, implementation and management and provides a range of world-leading printing systems and solutions. In this context, Konica Minolta’s Optimized Print Services concept (OPS) combines consultancy, hardware, software implementation, and operation in order to enhance business process efficiency and cost-effectiveness. To support customers optimally with powerful and sustainable solutions, technology leader Konica Minolta continuously invests in research and development work and regularly sets new standards. Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe is represented by subsidiaries and distributors in more than 70 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). With over 30,600 employees around the world (as of June 2012), Konica Minolta’s Business Technologies business area earned net sales of over EUR 5.4 billion in financial year 2012/13. For further information about the company, visit www.konicaminolta.eu. Product images are available at www.konicaminolta-images.eu. Terms and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders and are hereby acknowledged. Contact Konica Minolta
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Published on Dec 17, 2013