Nordic Swan is an environmental label for which shared criteria are stipulated by the Nordic Eco-Labeling Board and which is used in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, and Denmark. It is operated by the relevant ministries and agencies of these countries. The “Swan” is the official Nordic eco label, introduced by the Nordic Council of Ministers. The Swan logo demonstrates that a product is a good environmental choice. The Swan checks that products fulfil certain criteria using methods such as samples from independent laboratories, certificates and control visits. The Swan’s requirements are: attention to the product's impact on the environment from the raw material to waste throughout the product's lifecycle; and standards with regards to quality and performance. Many of KYOCERA Document Solutions' devices comply with the Swan.
The Blue Angel eco-label is one of the most famous environmental labels in the world. Awarded by the German Institute for Quality Assurance and Certification, the label signifies that a product has exceptional ecological credentials and meets the detailed criteria of a comprehensive body of legislation set by the Federal Office for the Environment. The objective of the “Blue Angel” eco label is to keep the impact of harmful substances, energy consumption and waste on the environment to a minimum. The award of the “Blue Angel” eco-label has a long-standing tradition at KYOCERA Document Solutions. Blue Angel is an environmental label whose criteria are stipulated by the Germany Federal Environment Agency (UBA) and which is operated by the German Institute for Quality Assurance and Certification (RAL).
The new ENERGY STAR specification for imaging equipment introduced by the Government of the US and the EU helps users of office and home technology to protect the environment and save money through energy efficient products labeled with its logo. The new ENERGY STAR rating for imaging equipment has stricter requirements than its predecessor, particularly with regards to paper consumption. All of KYOCERA Document Solutions' current printers and multifunctional products produced after 1 April 2007 fulfil and exceed the requirements of the new ENERGY STAR specification. ENERGY STAR rated printers can cut electricity use by over 60 per cent and an ENERGY STAR rated MFP can save about 160 EUR in electricity bills over its lifetime in comparison to non-rated devices.