Commitment to the Environment Recognised

The Carbon Protocol of South Africa (CPSA) has confirmed Konica Minolta South Africa (KMSA) as being carbon neutral in 2016 an honor it has been given three years in a row.

The company’s glory was achieved by measuring its carbon footprint, fulfillment of its energy efficiency initiatives, along with the succeeding neutralization of remnant emissions.

The CPSA, an independent third party verifier, calculated the business document imaging and management company’s carbon footprint, the implementation of its energy efficiency initiatives and the subsequent offsetting of the remaining emissions.

Since 2008, KMSA has planted over 25,000 fruit and indigenous trees together with 4,600 bamboo canes around South Africa through a Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) project. The company has promised to plant another 1,861 trees in 2016.

The carbon offsetting commitment of KMSA in 2015 was balanced with greenhouse gas and carbon emissions, including around 4,361 tonnes and 1,609 tonnes of CO2 respectively. At the same time, the company also has offset the electricity consumption—known as energy indirect (Scope 2) emissions, which surpasses the Scope 1 emissions’ offsetting of other organizations.

The chief marketing officer of KMSA—Alten Hulme comments, “We are proud to achieve carbon neutral status for a third year as it reflects our commitment to run our business as efficiently as possible, while protecting the environment in which we operate and allows us to partake in climate change mitigation. These programmes, which have been effected to mitigate our carbon impact and reduce energy usage, are key components of our responsibility to the communities in which we operate.”

He also adds, “We aim to lead by example by running our business in an environmentally responsible manner, Konica Minolta South Africa is also working to encourage collaborative responsibility within our branch and dealer community and beyond to further highlight best practices and solutions related to sustainability.”

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