Friday, 17 May 2019 12:24 GMT

OKI pledges allegiance to the environment

OKI has outlined its group environmental vision to help prevent global warming and reduce its CO2 emissions.

The OKI Environmental Challenge 2030/2050 sets out a plan for the Japanese company to engage in innovative and creative activities with a range of partners to prevent global warming and achieve a 40% reduction in life-cycle CO2 emissions by fiscal 2030, and an 80% reduction by fiscal 2050.

The firm will aim to contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), set out by the United Nations in 2015, by promoting integration of management and the environment and taking advantage of “the collective strength of the group.”

"Since its founding in 1881, OKI has engaged in business to contribute to solving social issues,” says Dennie Kawahara, managing director at OKI Europe. “As a member of global society, in recent years the group has pursued business opportunities and promoted innovation by solving social issues, starting from SDGs.

“Taking a medium to long-term stance, OKI Environmental Challenge 2030/2050 was established to accelerate those efforts."

As a member of global society, in recent years the group has pursued business opportunities and promoted innovation

OKI has committed to creating innovative products and services as well as delivering solutions to contribute to solving environmental issues.

Within the supply chain, OKI has committed to promoting the achievement of innovative “monozukuri” – a Japanese word that means having the spirit and mindset to innovate, create and improve products, and “kotozukuri” – meaning to work together, proactively seeking opportunities that deliver value to customers.

The UK and Ireland both recently declared a national climate emergency, and whilst there is no single definition of what that means, many local areas across the UK say they want to be carbon-neutral by 2030. The UK government’s current target is to reduce carbon emissions by 80% (compared to 1990 levels) by 2050.

Many have said this plan is too little, too late, as politicians from The Labour Party says its plan would be to attain net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Activist group Extinction Rebellion, which dominated the headlines with its protest in London a few weeks ago, has called for policies that would reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025.

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