EcoLogo™ is North America's most widely recognized and respected environmental certification program. Launched by the Canadian Federal Government in 1988, EcoLogo has grown to serve buyers and sellers of green products throughout Canada, the United States, and around the world.
EcoLogo is North America's oldest environmental standard and certification organization (and the second oldest in the world). It is the only North American standard approved by the Global Ecolabeling Network as meeting the international ISO 14024 standards for environmental labels.
The EcoLogo Program has recently provided new certification criteria to address increased environmental concerns. They have established new strict requirements for hazardous substances, energy and paper savings, and design for extended life, reuse and recycling. The net environmental benefit will be reduced human health impacts, less potential for smog formation and ozone layer depletion, improved use of resources, improved energy efficiency and reduced waste generation. Konica Minolta is proud to be the first manufacturer and distributor of Multifunction Devices awarded with EcoLogo's newest certification (CCD-035).
To be authorized to carry the EcoLogo™, office machines must:
The well-known label signifies that a product saves energy to protect the environment. New guidelines were introduced in 2007 making it more difficult for copiers, printers and multifunctional devices to earn Energy Star labels - but our bizhub and other imaging devices continue to achieve certification.
To earn the new Energy Star certification, a product must meet the following guidelines:
Germany's Blue Angel Mark is awarded to products and services that are beneficial for the environment and also fulfill high standards of occupational health and safety. Introduced in 1978 by the German Institute for Quality Assurance and Certification, the Blue Angel was the world's first ecological label. Important factors for qualification include: economical use of raw materials, production, usage, service life and disposal.
The Eco Mark program is operated by the Japan Environment Association (JEA), founded in 1989. Products displaying the Eco Mark symbol are certified as being useful for environmental preservation.
The Eco Mark program makes it easier for consumers who wish to be more environmentally friendly to choose products that suit their needs and values.
It gives them the ability to compare similar products environmental impacts through the life cycle of the product, ranging from the production to the disposal of the products. Eco Mark Program is intended as a means of offering a choice of products with a lower environmental impact.
EcoLeaf is a Type III (as defined by ISO standard 14025) environmental labelling program operated by the Japan Environmental Management Association for Industry (JEMAI) and supported by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Through this program, Konica Minolta quantitatively identifies and discloses the environmental impact of designated products throughout their lifecycle, ranging from procurement of raw materials to assembly, sales, use, disposal and recycling. Konica Minolta has also acquired "system certification," affirming that we have a mechanism for appropriately and efficiently identifying such environmental impact data for our copying and printing businesses.