UN’s Climate Change Conference

Konica Minolta supports the UN’s Climate Change Conference 2009
28 Sep 2009 – KM News

Konica Minolta has been selected as a main partner of the United Nation’s (UN) 2009 Climate Conference (COP15, the 15th Conference of the Parties) hosted in Copenhagen, Denmark from December 7 to 18, 2009. Selected as a partner based on compliance with the ideals of the UN climate convention, Konica Minolta effectively runs several programs to minimize impact on the global environment, including the Zero Waste initiative. Partnership for COP15 includes the provision of more than 30 Konica Minolta bizhub colour multifunctional printers (MFPs) and monochrome production printing systems. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, these products will meet the printing, copying, scanning and faxing needs of all UN participants and all delegates prior to and during the convention.

“It is a great honour for Konica Minolta to support COP15 as the main sponsor of digital imaging technology for such an important event,” said Kevin Kern, Vice President, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. “We have already made major progress in developing eco-friendly devices with low energy consumption but will continue to be ahead of the print market’s environmentally sound innovations. Being part of the UN’s Climate Change Conference further supports our global efforts to constantly minimize
our ecological footprint.”

“COP15 could be the largest international political conference ever held on Danish soil. As the host, Denmark’s responsibility is to provide the best possible negotiating conditions for the delegates at COP15,” said Svend Olling, Head of Department at the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.” The sponsorship agreement with Konica Minolta is an important element in providing an efficient infrastructure at the conference venue. Furthermore, we are satisfied that the solution offered by Konica Minolta aims to reduce the environmental impact as much as possible.”

While Konica Minolta’s comprehensive environmental management is ISO certified, its MFPs qualify for the Energy Star rating. These systems consume about half the power used by standard devices. One of the most recently launched models has a TEC (typical weekly energy consumption) of about 60% below the latest Energy Star requirements, which makes it the most eco-friendly MFP in its class. Last year, two of the company’s devices earned the Energy Conservation Grand Prize for Excellent Energy Conservation Equipment of the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry for being highly efficient and environmentally sound.

Recently the company also signed the UN’s Global Compact agreement. This initiative aims to solve various increasingly serious issues such as global warming, environmental concerns and social disparities by encouraging each participating company to fulfil sustainable growth and development.

The Conference of the Parties takes all major decisions in worldwide climate negotiations. Its goal is for COP15 to result in a solid global agreement that establishes ambitious goals for a reduction in emissions of greenhouse gases, especially CO2. Up to 15,000 official participants are expected to take part in the conference, including government representatives, journalists and members of international organisations and NGOs.