Print.IT Reseller - issue 103

01732 759725 42 VOX POP continued... There’s no point driving to customer meetings to talk about sustainability – preaching the message in an unsustainable way would be greenwashing Dom Gryszan, Director of Marketing, Apogee: Apogee is actively working to be carbon neutral by 2025 and achieve net zero by 2030 – with aims to also reduce and eliminate waste through our circular economy programme. There has been a much broader ownership of sustainability within Apogee since 2019, and our strategy to reach net zero has several key objectives. Firstly, we aim to minimise upstream impacts through our sustainable procurement framework; and reduce downstream impacts through reforestation, close collaboration with stakeholders in our value chain, and engagement with our clients and our community. So far since 2019, Apogee has reduced fleet fuel by 10 per cent, with 13 per cent of our company fleet replaced with electric vehicles and hybrids. We’ve also reduced buildings energy by 38 per cent, and total company-wide emissions by 7 per cent - while attaining official certifications such as FSC-COC, ISO14001, and ISO-9001, among others. Andy Ratcliffe, Managing Director, Key Digital: “Key Digital recently published its 2022/23 Sustainability Report and we have achieved a lot over the last couple of years, including a 98 per cent reduction in road miles! That’s largely down to us pioneering a digital-first approach to customer service – it’s better for us, our clients and the planet. There’s no point driving to customer meetings to talk about sustainability – preaching the message in an unsustainable way would be greenwashing. So we’ve addressed this by ensuring we can deliver our same professional level of service in an entirely virtual setting – reducing road miles, number of journeys required and wasted trips. Charlotte Muenzel, Marketing Manager, SYNAXON: Sustainability is a critical topic within our company and we have made it our mission to become neutral in our CO2 emissions. However, simply paying compensation is not our goal. We use Ecosia as our default search engine. For every 45 searches, they plant a tree to compensate for the emissions generated. Additionally, we donated to Ecosia so that they could plant an extra 10,000 trees. Our headquarters in Germany require no air conditioning as they’ve been specially constructed to regulate their own temperatures. Furthermore, we installed solar panels on our roof to facilitate the eco-friendly charging of our electric company cars, and we’ve recently increased the number of charging stations at our HQ. We also actively avoid colour printing wherever possible. Gillian Anderson, Environment, Social & Governance Partner, Konica Minolta: With Eco Vision 2050, Konica Minolta has outlined our sustainability objectives, alongside concrete goals and measures. The prevention and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is one of the top priorities. Tough targets demand decisive action and Konica Minolta has already initiated a number of measures to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions including CO2. Nevertheless, we know that this is just the beginning. For example, we are a member of RE100, a global initiative that brings together the world’s most influential businesses in a commitment to obtain 100 per cent of the electricity we consume from renewable energy sources globally. Konica Minolta in the UK has already achieved the goal of sourcing 100 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources. Within the UK, through our carbon reduction plan we are committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2050 and are working to continually seek ways to further reduce our impact as well as support our customers to reduce their own emissions through programmes such as enabling climate compensation. Steve Kendall-Smith, UK Managing Director, Lexmark: At Lexmark, we have a commitment to create a more efficient and more sustainable world. For us, our sustainability strategy is focused on not only meeting our internal targets but also empowering our customers to meet their sustainability targets. Since 2005, Lexmark has lowered emissions by 62 per cent globally, and is on track to meet a 40 per cent reduction target from 2015 levels by 2025. We have achieved these reductions to date by implementing energy efficiency projects, energy infrastructure improvements and energy conservation efforts at our global sites. Our goal at Lexmark has been to reduce energy consumption by 20 per cent from 2015 to 2025. To date, we are currently ahead of our targets, having lowered energy consumption by 26 per cent. Lexmark’s Cartridge Collection Program (LCCP) has prevented 100 million cartridges processed in 30 years of operation (established in 1991) from ending up in landfill. Of Lexmark’s fleet of devices, 92 per cent of models contain PCR content, with over 80 per cent of those containing over 30 per cent PCR content. We have a long time focus on sustainability associated with our products. Actions such as lowering energy and new plastics use, re-use of products, global recycling efforts, and engineering durable products that are built to last are very high focus areas for us. For example, durability is a key component of our sustainability efforts. Essentially, ensuring that our devices are built to last and don’t need to be replaced or recycled before their time. Lexmark devices are built to last for an above industry average of over seven years. When devices do reach their endof-life, we aim to re-use as much old material as possible. 39 per cent of plastic in new Lexmark devices and 37 per cent in new branded cartridges has been reclaimed, and the company plans to grow these numbers. We have a goal of 50 per cent average recycled content plastic in devices by 2025. In September 2022, we announced printers that are CarbonNeutral product certified by Climate Impact Partners, which enable small and medium-sized Dom Gryszan