Konica Minolta Targets 100-Percent Renewable Energy for Operations


Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. announced today that its Japan-based headquarters, Konica Minolta, Inc., has joined RE100, a global leadership initiative that brings together businesses committed to sourcing 100-percent renewable power for their global operations.

Konica Minolta will aim to source the electricity used in its business operations from 100-percent renewable power by 2050.

RE100 is led by The Climate Group, an international NPO focused on accelerating climate action in partnership with CDP. The initiative is composed of companies that are committed to procuring 100 percent of their electricity consumption from renewable sources. As of February 12, 2019, 162 companies have joined RE100 worldwide. Other participating R100 companies that have set target dates to use 100-percent renewable energy include ebay, Facebook, BMW Group, Fujitsu, GM, Google, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, HP Inc., and Ricoh. The complete list can be found here.

According to Konica Minolta, the effects of climate change are rapidly increasing on a global scale. It’s predicted that by 2030 much of society will run on renewable power, relieving reliance on fossil fuels that are the main source of man-made CO2 emissions. Konica Minolta believes that quickly adapting to renewable power sources is necessary for achieving sustainable corporate growth.

Konica Minolta’s medium and long-term policies include the expansion of renewable power used on a global scale. Beginning with production sites outside of Japan, Konica Minolta will consider the optimal sourcing for each region and increasingly procure renewable power.

“Konica Minolta is committed to creating new value for society by offering innovative, sustainable solutions,” commented  Kay Du Fernandez, senior vice president of marketing at Konica Minolta Business Solutions, U.S.A. “This partnership is an important step in our continued efforts to meet our long-term environmental goals and contribute to the achievement of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.”

Sam Kimmins, head of RE100, The Climate Group, commented: “It’s fantastic to see another large Japanese multinational join RE100 and commit to source 100-percent renewable electricity for its global operations. Renewable electricity is no longer only good for CSR policy – it’s also good for the bottom line. As a company built on technological innovation, it’s no wonder Konica Minolta knows getting future-ready means sourcing the cleanest, and increasingly the cheapest, power available globally. I congratulate the company on making a great commitment.”

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