RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE FUTURE KYOCERA MITA’S COMMITMENT TO THE ENVIRONMENTKYOCERA MITA EUROPE B.V. – Otto-Hahn-Str. 12 – D-40670 Meerbuschwww.kyoceramita.eu COUNT ON US.
2 3 TABLE OF CONTENTS KYOCERA MITA – PIONEERING ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND TECHNOLOGY . . . . . . . . . 04 – 05 INNOVATIVE IN PRESERVING THE ENVIRONMENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 06 INNOVATIVE IN PRODUCTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 07 KYOCERA MITA ENSURES A BRIGHTER FUTURE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 08 – 09 MORE EFFICIENT PRINTING AND COPYING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 – 11 LONGER DURABILITY, MORE RELIABLE AND ECONOMICAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 – 13 ECO-LABEL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 – 17 RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PRINTING GREEN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 – 19 CORPORATE MOTTO RESPECT THE DIVINE AND LOVE PEOPLE Preserve the spirit to work fairly and honourably, respecting people, our work, our company and our global community. MANAGEMENT RATIONALE To provide opportunities for the material and intellectual growth of all our employees and, through our joint efforts, contribute to the advancements of society and humankind. MANAGEMENT PHILOSOPHY To coexist harmoniously with nature and society. Harmonious coexistence is the underlying foundation of all our business activities as we work together to create a world of abundance and peace.
4 5 PIONEERING ENVIR ONMENTALLY KYOCERA MITA – SOUND TECHNOLOGY Kyocera takes seriously its global commitment to act responsibly and respectfully towards the world and its resources. We constantly strive to develop technology that is innovative and environmentally responsible in equal measure, to ensure that our environment continues to be a place we can all live in. Environmental awareness is thus the primary concern for our employees. We do not believe that environmental preservation, product quality and cost efﬁciency have to be mutually exclusive objectives; to us, each depends on the other. It is our belief that technology is inextricably linked with a social and environmental responsibility. For this reason, the group focuses all its efforts on developing products that are equally environmentally responsible and innovative, have a positive impact on the worldwide environment and are non-polluting.
6 7 INNOVATIVE IN PRESERVING THE ENVIRONMENT INNOVATIVE IN PRODUCTS FOR KYOCERA, WORLDWIDE ENVIRONMENTAL PRESERVATION IS KYOCERA GROUP HAS OVER 160 INDIVIDUAL COMPANIES AROUND NOT SIMPLY A SLOGAN; IT IS REGARDED AS A TOP PRIORITY WITHIN THE WORLD AND THREE MAJOR AREAS: INFORMATION AND ALL BUSINESS PROCESSES COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY, ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY AND QUALITY OF LIFE Kyocera’s environmental standards have been designed to comply with environmental management SOLAR POWER standard ISO 14001. All processes within production, research, development and sales are Solar power is one of the cleanest sources of energy with an inex- periodically inspected and documented to ensure their continued conformity with this standard. haustible supply and, as such, is receiving increasing attention. In 2007 Kyocera Mita Europe was ISO 14001 certiﬁed. Today, Kyocera is one of the leading solar system manufacturers in the world. The efﬁciency of Kyocera solar technology is considerably higher than that of other comparable systems. FINE CERAMICS Fine ceramic is extremely sharp, incredibly durable and heat resistant. Kyocera Corporation uses technology that has been developed over many years of research to develop ceramic components that are incredibly durable and are used in over one million products. The component durability in Kyocera products is not Kyocera’s headquarters building in Kyoto is just one indication that our commitment to the only good news for your wallet – it is also better for environment goes far beyond statutory requirements; every year, we are successful in meeting the environment. requirements for reducing emissions, fully recycling products and using environmentally friendly methods of generating energy. The building, which was completed in 1998, continues to lead the MOBILE PHONES way in the ecological design of large ofﬁce buildings. The Kyocera Kyocera is a leading researcher in mobile technology, beneﬁting headquarters in Kyoto have already received several accolades from extensive expertise in mobile phones, telecommunications for excellent conservational design. Five years ago, Kyocera also systems and next-generation ofﬁce information systems. launched a group-wide project to promote the development of more Thanks to the unique, global knowledge of the group, it is develop- environmentally responsible products. To date, more than 150 prod- ing and producing ever-smaller, higher-performance units for use ucts have derived from this project. in a wide variety of industrial applications and in the automotive industry.
8 9 Print volume is growing at a constant rate around the world, making it increasingly important to ﬁnd cost- efﬁcient and, at the same time, eco-friendly printing practices. Kyocera’s Ecosys technology is the perfect solution, offering a unique, environmentally responsible concept for printing, copying and faxing. KYOCERA MITA ENSURES A BRIGHTER FUTURE
10 11 MORE EFFICIENT PRINTING AND COPYI NG KYOCERA MITA’S UNIQUE ECOSYS CONCEPT PRESERVING RESOURCES IS TOP PRIORITY Kyocera has been developing environmentally friendly systems for many years now, not just since WHAT DOES ECOSYS MEAN? the onset of the recent climate debate, and with good reason – output volume in companies has Its name is a syllabic abbreviation of ECOnomy, ECOlogy and SYStem printing, and primarily risen steadily over the past few years, becoming a major environmental and cost factor. The represents the harmonisation of cost efficiency and ecology. At the heart of the ECOSYS print main reason behind this is user behaviour, with people preferring to print out information rather technology is the tried-and-tested amorphous silicon (a-Si) photoconductor drum for mid-range than reading it on screen. However, thanks to the proven, durable components of its resource- and high-end systems, and the long-life, single-layer PSLP drum for business entry laser printers friendly and efﬁcient ECOSYS technology, we are better placed than any other manufacturer and multifunctional systems. Compared to standard OPC drums, PSLP drums reduce CO2 emissions to respond to these requirements. from the production process by a third. For a number of years, we have been the only manufacturer in the world producing laser printers that require no consumable materials other than toner. The Japanese output specialist’s successful ECOSYS concept, which was ﬁrst introduced 15 years ago, guarantees cost-efﬁcient CO2 reduction in the production printing and copying with minimal impact on resources. CO2 CO2 Undercoat layer (UCL) Aluminium tube (AL) Aluminium tube (AL) Charge transport Charge transport Photoconductor layer Charge generating layer (CTL) (CTL) layer REDUCE BY 1/3 (PCL) layer (CGL) “ECOSYS has now been on the market for over 15 years, and IDC believes that this further demonstrates Kyocera’s ongoing and Conventional OPC drum PSLP drum proactive approach to developing products of a sustainable nature.” Analyst IDC, 2007 CO2 reduction [comparison with conventional negative-charged layer OPC drum (with three layers of coating) in the production facilities of comparable scale]
12 13 LONGER DURABILITY, MORE R ELIABLE AND ECONOMICAL CUTTING COSTS THANKS TO OUTSTANDING EXPERTISE PRESERVING RESOURCES BY AVOIDING WASTE Kyocera has gained extensive knowledge from its ceramic division, which is brought to optimal The ECOSYS concept is primarily concerned Waste reduction by ECOSYS concept use in the photoconductor drum. Thanks to its ceramic properties, the drum is incredibly robust, with reducing waste – depending on the model, giving it a service life that is 30 times longer than the conventional drums of other manufacturers, conventional printers can create 15 to 20 times CONVENTIONAL ECOSYS LASER PRITNERS which are encased in fast-wearing plastic. The beneﬁt for users is that they no longer have to their volume in consumable material during replace the entire cartridge (including photoconductor drum) every time they replace the toner – their service life. Toner Toner they only have to replace the toner. This also reduces additional servicing and maintenance costs. Cleaning unit No replace- Photo- ment conductor necessary TONER CONSUMPTION COMPARISON drum Developer unit competitor ECOSYS Conventional laser printers Kyocera Kyocera systems therefore produce signiﬁcantly less waste because, unlike other makes, theKyocera printer Conventional laser printer with The comparison between a KYOCERA FS-(toner box is marked in red). cartridge system (cartridge includ- C5015N and competitor involved a print ECOSYS concept does not involve the replace- ing developer unit and drum are volume of 48,000 pages, equivalent to a ment of the entire cartridge including photo- marked in red). 48-month period with 1,000 pages printed each month. conductor drum, developer unit and toner. We dramatically reduce waste: an average competitor’s toner cartridge contains 60 On average, conventional drums wear out after printing between 4,000 and 12,000 pages, meaning separately manufactured components, whereas that the cartridge has to be replaced up to 30 times in a printer’s lifetime. a Kyocera toner box contains only four.
14 15 ECO-LABEL CERTIFIED TO THE MOST STRINGENT ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS – INTERNATIONAL RENOWN, THANKS TO ECOSYS KYOCERA SYSTEMS AWARDED BLUE ANGEL ECO-LABEL We have also received several awards around the world in recognition of the ECOLaser printers’ environmental credentials. Awards include: • The Eco-Mark Certiﬁcation of the Japan Environment Association The Blue Angel eco-label is one of the most famous • The Nordic Swan eco-label awarded by SIS Miljömarkning AB, Sweden environmental labels in the world. Awarded by the German Institute for Quality Assurance and Certiﬁcation, the label signiﬁes that a product has exceptional ecological credentials and meets the detailed criteria of a comprehensive body of legislation set by the Federal Ofﬁce for the Environment. The objective of the Blue Angel eco-label is to keep the impact of harmful substances, energy consumption and waste on the environment to a minimum. It should also Furthermore, Kyocera Mita Europe, the distribution company, and the ECOSYS printer production serve as an aid for consumers to enable them to choose plant in Shilong, Southern China, have been certiﬁed to ISO 14001. This certiﬁcation is awarded in particularly environmentally friendly products. recognition of particularly ecological production practices. Impact on the environment during the manufacturing process has been reduced as far as possible. Through our ECOSYS concept, we have also fulﬁlling the stipulated ENERGY STAR requirements in an exemplary manner. Laser printers which feature the new ENERGY STAR label consume To ensure even greater protection of the environment, new criteria have been in place for the issue 60 per cent less electricity than printers which do not feature the label. Multifunctional systems of the Blue Angel eco-label since January 2007. The tightened requirements passed by the German that bear the ENERGY STAR label save over 160 Euro on electricity costs in their lifetime Federal Environment Agency in collaboration with the Federal Institute for Materials Research in comparison to non-rated devices. To achieve such ﬁgures, a fast changeover into sleep mode and Testing, speciﬁcally concern new procedures for measuring chemical emissions, more stringent is essential, for it is in this mode that systems use an average of 40 per cent less electricity. Laser regulations governing energy consumption and the evaluation of noise emissions from colour printers printer FS-1030D actually consumes 50 per cent less electricity when in sleep mode. Particular amongst others. The award of the Blue Angel eco-label has a long-standing tradition at Kyocera. attention is also paid to consumption of paper and the availability of a duplex function. To obtain In 1997, we were the ﬁrst printer manufacturer to be awarded the label for FS-1700. Since the ENERGY STAR label, printers must print more than 40 ppm or 45 for black/white and colour. then, many additional Kyocera printer generations have been awarded the label. All current Kyocera printers and multifunctional systems are fully compliant with the new ENERGY STAR standard that took effect April 1 2007.
16 17 THE ENTIRE PRODUCT LIFE CYCLE HAS BEEN DESIGNED TO PRESERVE PREMIUM QUALITY TONER AND MINIMAL PARTICULATE EMISSIONS RESOURCES AND KEEP ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT TO A MINIMUM CYCLES Laser printers work on the basis of an electrophotographic process. To ensure that Cutting-edge simulation technology is used as a this process does not release any emissions into the ambient air, Kyocera systems are matter of course when developing new products to almost completely sealed. A number of renowned institutes, including the Fraunhofer- minimise development expenditure and determine the Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut in Brunswick, Germany, have tested Kyocera printers in material strength required by the components, to give environmental test chambers using standardised testing methods. the product optimum stability with minimum material consumption. The results were as follows: based on the most recent scientiﬁc knowledge, Kyocera As a result, even in the early stages of planning, steps are equipment and toner comply with stringent requirements and represent no risk to health. taken to avert any negative impact on the environment The printing process releases only minimal quantities of volatile organic compounds that may occur at a later date. and particulate matter into the ambient air; quantities that are ten times below the stringent thresholds for the Blue Angel eco-label. The modular design of our products facilitates recycling at the end of their service life. Even subcomponents are easy to remove and dismantle. Furthermore, detailed component ingredient lists make recycling easier. To also rule out any health risk associated We also consider equipment packaging to be an integral part of our product design with toner box replacement, the toner does and subject it to the same environmental criteria. Here, too, volume has been reduced not contain any mercury or dangerous con- to a minimum and, to a large extent, does not include polystyrene or composites. Having centrations of cobalt or nickel. The concen- received the ‘Good Packaging’ award many times over, Kyocera is clearly leading the ﬁeld in trations contained are below those present this area. The award, which is presented by the Japanese Institute for Packaging Materials, naturally in the environment. The ingre- takes into account the material, design and environmental sustainability of the packaging dients of all toner ranges are, apart from components. a few exceptions, identical. Monochrome toners are made from approximately 50 per LEAD-FREE MOTHERBOARDS cent magnetite, plastic polymers and some Kyocera Mita is one of the ﬁrst manufacturers to use lead-free motherboards and cable. silicates. As a rule, colour toners also This is a signiﬁcant step towards compliance with the stringent WEEE (Waste Electrical and contain organic colour pigments to obtain Electronic Equipment) Directive which came into force in July 2006, and prohibits the use of the required colour impression. heavy metals such as lead, cadmium and mercury.
18 19 RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PRIN TING GREEN • Print and photocopy documents double sided (duplex) to reduce wastage and cost • Do not overprint documents. Take care to calculate how many copies you really need to cut down on wastage • Use proof and hold to ensure a document is correct before printing a long print run • Ensure your electrical equipment is ENERGY STAR compliant • Ensure photocopiers, multifunctional products and printers are switched off at night • Set your printer or copier’s sleep mode to ensure minimal energy consumption when it is not actually printing or copying • Ensure proper maintenance of ofﬁce equipment to enable a more efﬁcient operation • Use non-chlorine, bleached, environmentally responsible paper or 100 per cent recycled paper, e.g. EVOLVE, for all your printing • Identify a paper collection point in the ofﬁce for recycling bins to dispose of waste paper