Eastern Business Systems Limited is committed to minimising the impact of its activities on the environment.
The key points of its strategy to achieve this are:
Kevin Francis (Managing Director)
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Our 2nd user sales give our customers the benefit of lower cost machinery that has been originally supplied by EBS, which is refurbished in-house to high standards which is backed by our Full Service & Maintenance Agreement and Total Quality Guarantee.
Redundant office equipment is becoming a headache for all organisations. The WEEE directive which has recently been implemented restricts the disposal of used electrical items, unless all parts and components are either recycled or disposed of environmentally.
Our links with the industries Trade and Export Companies provide a solution to this potentially expensive problem with an on-site collection service.
All machines are collected, cleaned, tested and packaged by our highly trained and experienced staff. Machines can be tracked to provide complete transparency to the customer.
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive)is the European Community directive 2002/96/EC on waste electrical and electronic equipment which, together with the RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC, became European Law in February 2003, setting collection, recycling and recovery targets for all types of electrical goods.
The directive imposes the responsibility for the disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) on the manufacturers of such equipment. Manufacturers are then required to establish an infrastructure for collecting WEEE. Also, we are compelled to use the collected waste in an ecologicalfriendly manner, either by ecological disposal or by reuse/refurbishment of the collected WEEE.
The directive takes effect in the UK from 1st July 2007. From this date onwards, the manufacturers of all photocopiers, printers, multi-functional printers, computers, etc, etc, are required to arrange the environmentally friendly disposal of all such equipment made by them which reaches “end of life” - i.e. is no longer required by the owner and would otherwise be discarded as waste.
The key to determining the liability on the manufacturer is the existence – or not – of the image of a wheelie-bin, crossed out, on the product concerned. Manufacturers were required so to label their products from August 2005, and this label determines that the manufacturer is required to remove such “end of life” products (so called “New WEEE” if such a label exists) if the owner so requests. Should the owner wish to continue using the product or to sell it privately to another person or organisation, it has clearly not reached the end of its life.
Within the “photocopier” (MFP) industry, which operates within a largely saturated and replacement market, most sales of our products are ones where one device replaces another. Often, the manufacturers are different, if the customer chooses to change the brand of the product used. This has resulted in an arrangement whereby the various manufacturers have agreed to cooperate in the removal of WEEE and to arrange for the appropriate recycling of the device concerned. If the product was supplied by a dealer, rather than by the manufacturer’s own sales and service force, the liability remains with the manufacturer, unless the respective dealer has agreed with his supplying manufacturer to take on the liability himself for end of life products replaced by a product he has sold. The manufacturer then has passed the liability to that dealer, who needs to operate in cooperation with a licensed recycler.
The obligations on the manufacturer are similar, in as much as, if the customer wishes the manufacturer to remove the product, the manufacturer is required to do so, if he has supplied a similar product to replace it – but only if this is the case. This is the limit of the obligation on the Producer in the case of “Old WEEE”
It is important to be clear who the owner is. It is often the case that such products were acquired on a lease, in which case the title to the product remains at all times with the leasing or finance company, and never resides with the user. It is therefore clear that the decision as to whether the device has reached “end of life” is one to be made by the leasing company, not the user/customer.
Little. If the purchaser is the owner of the previous product, simply to decide whether the product is to be retained, or to be removed. If to be removed, who is the owner? Only the owner can decide if end of life has been reached, and the product therefore to be recycled. However, each user/owner of a machine he no longer requires is responsible for removing any sensitive information that may reside in the machine’s memories before the machine is removed.
Our partner manufacturer have entered into arrangements with appropriately licensed recycling companies to facilitate the optimised retrieval of recyclable content from, and environmental friendly disposal of, the materials and components of our products which reach end of life, and also of the many competitor products. Customers can be assured that not only do we fully adhere to the requirements of the Directive, but also seek to exceed its requirements in any way possible that further protects the environment.
In comparison to the predecessor the toner cartridge has been considerably reduced in size.
The advantages of the smaller size become more obvious when considering that 4.5 times as many cartridges now fit onto a palette. In other words: the new cartridge requires less material during production, less packaging material and less space for transport – which all ads up to lower CO2 emissions!
Using the bizhub series C220/C280/C360 as an example, Konica Minolta reduced the packaging volume size by approx. 20%. in comparison to the predecessor.
Konica Minolta’s various office products stand out with their very low TEC values:
In recent years, energy consumption could be reduced enormously. The presently marketed bizhub C452 uses less than half the energy than its predecessor bizhub C450. The main reasons for this dramatic reduction in energy consumption are Simitri HD toner technology and IH fusing technology.
Comparing the C452, this model is 20 pages faster than bizhub C650 and still uses only half the energy – in other words, energy consumption could be halved while printing speeds in the last few years have increased by 20 pages/minute.
Konica Minolta developed a proprietary recycled PET-based polymer alloy using a leading-edge chemical processing technology as an environmentally considerate material. The bizhub 552 and the bizhub 652 are the first devices containing the two sustainable plastics: the new polymer alloy recycled PET and plant-based bioplastic.
The new polymer alloy recycled PET overcomes the disadvantages of the conventional PET plastic, such as fragility, low fire-resistance and difficulties in injection moulding, and has an attractive appearance to make it suitable as an inner material for MFPs. Furthermore, it is regarded as a promising sustainable plastic as it is a recyclable material that effectively utilizes PET waste. In addition, plant-based bioplastic results in lower environmental impact as it uses less petroleum-based resources and emits less CO2 during its lifecycle than petroleum-based plastic.
All Konica Minolta office systems have two power saving modes to reduce the energy consumption during idle phases. Both modes start automatically after the programmed time. Considering the fast recovery and short reheating time of Konica Minolta’s fusing units, it is recommended to program a short inter¬val for both modes to start in order to optimise the energy saving. From both modes, each device restarts automatically as soon as a user operates a panel key or a print job comes in. Incoming faxes do not restart the machine but are stored in a secure memory until the device is reactivated by another process.
IH fusing technology
Today, 99.6% of Konica Minolta’s colour toners and 96.5% of its monochrome toners are polymerised – the highest rates in the industry. Simitri HD polymerised toner has considerably less impact on the environment during its production, use and recycling. Its biomass content is actually CO2 neutral during recycling.
Simitri HD – green toner production
Konica Minolta’s constant efforts to reduce the environmental footprint of its cutting-edge technologies while improving their efficiency are obvious in various earth-friendly innovations
Considerably reducing environmental impact, toner production by polymerisation generates e.g. 33% less CO2 than conventional toner manufacture.
Simitri HD – green toner usage
Because polymerised toner grains are so fine, a smaller amount of toner is needed than with pulverised toner, thus using fewer natural resources. Additionally, Simitri HD polymerised toner requires a lower fusing temperature. Both aspects contribute greatly to reducing the amount of energy used and the related CO2 emission.
Simitri HD – green toner recycling
An important ingredient in Simitri HD toner is biomass, which is CO2-neutral during recycling and further reduces the carbon footprint of Simitri HD and the Konica Minolta office devices. Ever since the first production of Simitri toner in 2000, Konica Minolta polymerised toners contain almost 10% biomass, i.e. plant-based material. From a carbon neutral viewpoint, emissions during toner disposal are significantly lower thanks to its plant-based contents. Carbon neutrality refers to achieving net zero carbon emissions by balancing a measured amount of carbon emitted with an equivalent amount absorbed. As biomass contents of polymerised toner absorb CO2 before becoming raw materials, the amount of CO2 emitted is equal to the amount bound
Konica Minolta's exclusive Simitri HD polymerised toner technology, used in most bizhub devices, enhances the printing quality of monochrome and colour devices and supports environmental conservation throughout the whole lifecycle. Compared to conventional pulverised toners, manufacturing of the Simitri HD polymerised toner reduces the generation of CO2, NOx or SOx, which cause greenhouse gases and acid rain, by 40%. Printing with this toner saves energy as the fixing can be achieved at a much lower temperature. And finally, recycling of paper printed with the Simitri HD toner is very effective due to a high deinkability, as demonstrated for the bizhub PRO C6501 series by the INGEDE association.
Paper printed with the Konica Minolta bizhub PRO C6501 series, a high-volume colour production printing system, shows excellent recycling properties. This was demonstrated by the International Association of the Deinking Industry (INGEDE) in an independent test of the deinkability of materials. The Konica Minolta devices scored top results, proving that the companys exclusive Simitri HD polymerised toner technology supports environmental printing until the end of the lifecycle.
The Konica Minolta bizhub PRO C6501 series was recently tested by INGEDE, a deinking industry association, for its ability to effectively support paper recycling. The independent test simulates the most important steps of the deinking process, meaning the removal of ink or toner from printed materials. This method has been developed to compare the deinkability of different printed products and to rate the challenge that a printed product poses to a standard deinking plant. The Konica Minolta production printing systems scored top results, both for the single colour test page and the four-colour test page.
"The test results show that the key process in paper recycling the deinking process works especially well with the Simitri HD polymerised toner used in our bizhub PRO C6501 series," explains Karl-Friedrich Edenhuizen, Product Manager at Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe. "The characteristics of this innovative toner contribute to the easy removal of ink from paper."
Blue Angel mark
Launched in Germany in 1978 as the world’s first environmental labelling system, the Blue Angel Mark is awarded to certify products and services that have a smaller environmental impact than average. Since receiving the world’s first Blue Angel certification in the field of copiers in January 1992, Konica Minolta has continued to receive certification for new products by clearing the certification bar each time it has been raised.
Office Equipment with Printing Function (Printers, Copiers, Multifunction Devices),
Benefits to Environment and Health
• Minimised pollutant impact on indoor air quality
• Low energy consumption in idle modes for enhanced climate protection
• Low-noise operation does not interfere with user’s concentration
• Uses recycled paper
• Duplex unit for double-sided printing on high-end appliances
• Products that meet certain standards can be registered as Energy Star devices as part of an energy-saving program for office equipment.
• Implemented in 1995 through an agreement between the Japanese and US governments, the international program has since expanded with the participation of the EU, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, and other countries.
BLI Outstanding Achievement for Energy Efficiency
Twice yearly, the independent American test institute BLI (Buyers’ Laboratory Inc.) gives an Outstanding Achievement award to the most energy‐efficient models tested. The bizhub C452 and bizhub 363 received this award thanks to their significantly lower than average projected annual energy consumption. BLI stressed that the bizhub C452 and bizhub 363 can be set to its lowest energy‐using modes without sacrificing productivity, because its recovery times from energy‐save and sleep modes are significantly below average.
RoHS (Restriction of use of hazardous substances)
Konica Minolta fully commits to RoHS and not only avoids the listed substances in the RoHS‐designated products but has discontinued the use of these substances in all office products.
Global 100 Corporate Sustainability Benchmark list
Konica Minolta is the highest-ranked provider of image information products, coming 70th on this year’s independent Global 100 Corporate Sustainability Benchmark list.
Corporate Knights, the magazine for clean capitalism, has in cooperation with its partners published the annual Global 100 list since 2005. Global 100 analyses a number of companies and their activities based on environmental, social governance and financial data.
The Global 100 rating reflects Konica Minolta’s efforts to take social and environmental care – especially since it formulated its Eco Vision 2050 in January 2009.
Eastern Business Systems Ltd has created 3.92m^2 of new native woodland in the UK to remove 157 kg of Carbon Dioxide
To avoid the inadvertent shutdown of a device, Konica Minolta’s Low Power and Sleep Modes each have a timer and calendar function that facilitates activating the system on a daily or weekly basis or according to the calendar date. For example, normal business days can be defined with an automatic start and shutdown time. For Sundays or specific dates like Christmas, a total power-off mode can be selected.
The Clean Planet Program is Konica Minolta's way of recognising its responsibility towards the environment. From comprehensive environmental management systems to the energy and resources our products use, it ensures everything we do has an awareness for the well-being of the planet.
You too can play a valuable role in preserving the environment by sending us your used genuine toner cartridges. The cartridges are recycled efficiently and cleanly, preserving precious resources. What is more, returning the cartridges is quick, easy and completely free.
We appreciate the contribution made by every individual, so thank you for your support. The reward is in knowing that together, we're making a difference to the environment.
As a leading manufacturer of office and production printing technology, Konica Minolta takes its responsibility as a corporate citizen seriously. Protection of the environment is one of the core challenges and an essential part of the company’s management philosophy – The Creation of New Value.
Konica Minolta’s management philosophy is the Creation of New Value. This does not just mean creating new products with innovative features never seen before. The “new value” that is part of our mission also means new ways of caring for the environment.” Masatoshi Matzusaki President and CEO, Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc.
Eco Vision 2050 – for a sustainable earth and society
Konica Minolta formulated Eco Vision 2050 as its long-term environmental vision to achieve its future objectives and fulfil its responsibility as a global corporation by contributing to a sustainable earth and society.
Konica Minolta created the Medium-Term Environmental Plan 2015 as a milestone marker toward the goals outlined in its EcoVision 2050.