Minimizing environmental impacts through product assessment and design has been a longstanding commitment for Kodak Alaris' Document Imaging business. When the Green Electronics Council recently expanded its EPEAT Registry system to include imaging equipment, Kodak Alaris seized the opportunity to register document scanners. Aligning products with a consensus global rating system such as EPEAT helps customers recognize environmental performance and satisfy Sustainable Public Procurement policies.
Kodak Alaris' document scanners provide reliable, high-performing and quality solutions for data-driven applications in a variety of environments, from small businesses to worldwide operations. KODAK Scanners rated by the Green Electronics Council include both production scanners for high-volume document processing requiring real-world speed for around-the-clock productivity and distributed scanners that enable departments and workgroups to more effectively capture and share information from paper-based documents.
EPEAT Registry [EPEAT stands for Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool]
Kodak Alaris is proud to offer customers innovative products that carry the ENEGYSTAR™ logo. For more than a decade, Document Imaging has partnered with the Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), as an ENERGYSTAR™ Partner, to deliver energy efficient products. ENERGYSTAR™ qualified products save our customers money. The presence of the ENERGYSTAR™ logo on a Kodak Alaris product is a sign of superior energy performance.
Current information on qualified Kodak document scanners is available on the ENERGYSTAR™ web site .
The China ECO-Logo is a voluntary product certification that demonstrates conformance with a specific series of environmental performance attributes, defined by the standard. Several Kodak Alaris Document Scanners have now been certified to the ECO-Logo standard for scanners (HJ 2517-2012).
China Eco-logo certificates:
In April, 2014 Kodak Alaris Limited's management systems were accredited by Altius Limited under the national SSIP (Safety Schemes in Procurement) scheme. This covered our Risk Management, Corporate Social Responsibility, Commercial and Anti-Bribery and Corruption operations in the RSS kiosk and APEX businesses. Under SSIP this external accreditation is recognised mutually by many other member companies (Altius is one of the largest) such that any potential RSS customers enquiring about Kodak Alaris Limited can be reassured that we meet the requirements.
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is an analysis of the environmental impacts of a product throughout its entire life cycle, including:
Raw material production
Packaging and distribution
End of life disposition
Kodak Alaris uses LCA to improve the attributes of our products, to respond to customer questions, and to support marketing claims. Addressing these diverse demands requires both qualitative and quantitative approaches Kodak Alaris employs a number of tools to help inform our product design decisions: including carbon footprint calculations, International Standards Organization (ISO) LCAs, and streamlined LCAs performed using globally recognized methods.
LCAs evaluate product life cycle impacts on the environment, including use of energy and other natural resources and the release of materials or emissions to the environment. An LCA is considered streamlined if it utilizes qualitative methods or focuses only on the key elements of an LCA. The carbon footprint, a measure of a product's total greenhouse gas emissions, is calculated as part of both ISO and streamlined LCAs and provides a qualitative measure to compare greenhouse gas emissions at different stages of a single product's life and between different products.
One ISO LCA determined the environmental impact from three scanners that are designed, manufactured and sold by Kodak Alaris. This assessment followed the ISO process and was reviewed by an independent third party, The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute at Rochester Institute of Technology.
In addition to the use of complete ISO Life Cycle Assessments, Kodak Alaris has also conducted Greenhouse Gas emission assessments for many of it's document scanners. Greenhouse Gas assessments are essentially LCAs that focus solely on the potential emissions of Greenhouse Gases. The following documents summarize the GHG emission results from assessments conducted in accordance with ISO 14044 standards.
The Life Cycle Inventory data and LCA results for the Document Scanner Assessments have also been submitted to the U.S Life Cycle Inventory Database, where it is available to the public.
Go to National Renewable Energy Laboratory and search for "office scanner".
The Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) is an agreement between government, industry and community groups to find and fund solutions to address packaging sustainability issues. It is a sustainable packaging initiative which aims to change the culture of business to design more sustainable packaging, increase recycling rates and reduce packaging litter.