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Kyocera Environment Initiatives

Environmental – Sustainability Processes and Procedures

Kyocera and KMBE’s corporate philosophy of Reuse, Recycle and reduce has been a fundamental tenet of both companies, locally, nationally and internationally, long before it became fashionable. The philosophy centres on the responsibility all businesses face in ensuring their activities have as little negative impact on the environment as possible and in fact a positive impact wherever this is achievable.

Commitment to the Environment

Our Corporate worldwide green policies encourage conservation and recycling, along with the development of products and technologies that can actually minimise the impact on the environment. The Kyocera Eco-Product label is carried on these products. In 1991 Kyocera implemented its Environmental Charter worldwide. The company has received accreditation from numerous conservation organisations including:

Green Seal (USA) Blue Angel (Europe) Ecomark (Japan) RoHS (Europe) Energy Star (International)

Kyocera - A Technological and Environmental Pacesetter Summary of Recent Kyocera Environmental Initiatives

Kyocera as a manufacturer offers some unique points of difference in terms of sustainable practices such as;

Development of Long Life Consumables for use in all print products (printers and MFD’s) irrespective of capital cost. The in-house development of Kyocera’s patented Amorphous Silicon Drum technology means that even mid-level Kyocera printers will operate for 300,000 pages on a single drum, whilst most competitors’ products will have required 10-20 drum replacements in the same period. Some of our latest MFD’s can produce an unrivalled 3,600,000 pages on a single drum.

Development of Separate Printer Drum/Toner Cartridges. Traditionally manufacturers packaged the printer drum as a single unit with the toner cartridge. This process meant perfectly good drums were disposed off merely because a toner was empty. Kyocera pioneered the development of independent toner and drum units, thus preventing unnecessary wastage, and in the process offering consumers unbeatable operating costs. Industry and product surveys consistently show that Kyocera printers are up to 70% cheaper to operate than comparative models. The company's award-winning ECOSYS laser printers have the lowest Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and cost per page available on the market.

Toner Reclamation/Recycling. Through our “KyoCollect” programme, we provide our clients with on-site used toner cartridge bins that are collected when full, and the used units returned to the manufacturer for recycling. All Kyocera toners are designed and built with this life cycle in mind, and as such are one hundred percent recyclable.

Elimination of Hazardous Material. Conventional printer/MFD drum production has cyanide as a major by-product. Kyocera’s patented Amorphous Silicon drum production has far less environmental impact than the drum production of any other manufacturer. This is one reason Kyocera now is supplying older versions of this patented product to competitors. Kyocera is also a member of the international ROHS convention, with an example of this protocol the elimination of lead form all products.

"Life Cycle” Production Policy. This system ensures all products are not only manufactured with the most benign materials possible, but that a process for reclamation of the product exists at the end of the equipments useful life. All parts are labelled at manufacture to facilitate the eventual easy breakdown, identification, and reclamation/recycling by the manufacturer. We call this process “Close the Loop” and is our way of achieving a zero to Landfill outcome.

Recyclable Packaging. All Kyocera products are shipped using packaging made from either recycled cardboard or compressed wood pulp. The wood pulp itself is a by-product and traditional waste product of the paper milling industry. No polystyrene or equivalent material is used, and all package labelling uses either vegetable or soy dyes.

Solar Power Usage. Kyocera’s Head Office in Kyoto Japan, and most of our factories around the world are now being converted to utilise solar power to supplement convention power sources.

Ozone Reduction Technologies. Photocopiers and laser printers both produce ozone which, if present in high enough concentrations, can cause health problems such as eye, nose and throat irritation, dermatitis, headaches, premature ageing and possible reproductive and cancer hazards. People suffering from respiratory ailments are particularly sensitive to the effects of ozone. With the adoption of the world’s first and only "positive" contact roller charging method, Kyocera has virtually eliminated this source of ozone emissions.

Reducing Energy Consumption. Energy Star The Energy Star standard was developed in the United States by the Environment Protection Agency and then adopted in Australia. ENERGY STAR is an international standard for energy efficient office equipment including computers, Printers, MFDs, Photocopiers and home electronics such as TVs, audio products and DVD players. By buying equipment that complies with the ENERGY STAR standard, and making sure its energy saving features are enabled, you can save money on your electricity bills and help the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Energy Allstars. The Federal Government through the Department of Environment and Water Resources, Australian Greenhouse Office has created a new criteria, The Energy Allstars criteria which have more stringent standby power consumption requirements than the current Energy Star standard. Energy Allstars makes it easy for customers to find and compare the most energy efficient appliances and commercial and industrial equipment for sale in Australia. Only the top performing whitegoods, air conditioners, lighting products, office equipment and household fixtures are eligible for listing on Energy Allstars, ensuring long term cost and energy savings. Kyocera products are compliant with the Energy Star and Energy All stars program.

Local Initiatives

Examples include, membership of the Sustainable Business Network, Key sponsor NZ Packaging Accord, focus on extending the life of equipment through the refurbishment process.
Please see attached the full Kyocera Sustainable Practices Report for more in-depth information.

2010 Kyocera 1.pdf
2010 Kyocera 2.pdf