Epson’s heritage in environmental innovation

Despite our forward-facing Environmental Vision 2050, we have a rich history of environmental commitment…

Epson’s heritage in environmental innovation

Epson’s heritage in environmental innovation

At Epson, our commitment to the environment is encapsulated by our Environmental Vision 2050 – the business plan which details our ecological targets for the next three and a half decades, and will guide our activities over that period. Although the vision was officially established in 2008, this progressive approach has been ingrained in our fabric ever since the beginning of Epson Corporation over 70 years ago. We’ve always understood that it’s important to follow the same standards we expect of our stakeholders, and lead by example. That’s why we’ve been at the forefront of innovation for much of the intervening time.

In 1968, we launched the EP-101 – the world’s first miniprinter. In 1969, we made the world’s first analog quartz watch available for sale. And in 1988, we became one of the first companies in the world to take drastic action on environmental concerns – beginning the elimination of specific CFCs from all our cleaning processes, globally. This process was finally completed, with all targets reached, in 1993.

Our vision on this front was way ahead of our time, and the innovative approach on display then is still alive and well in the company today. We continue to believe that it’s the responsibility of all organisations to reduce their environmental footprint. And as a leader in our industry, we’re in a better position to contribute to the fight against global warming than most.

Our success continued in 1997, when we received the Best-of-the-Best Stratospheric O-Zone Protection Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency. One of the most prestigious honours in the field, this award signified a proud moment in the history of Epson. Then in 1999, we became one of the first organisations to voluntarily collect and recycle used information equipment – including scanners, projectors and PC’s – from other companies, for recycling.

When 2002 came along, we achieved 98.6% elimination of lead from solders, electrode parts and materials for metal parts, as a result of the work of our in-house, Lead Free Promotion Committee. In 2004, we realised our long-term goal of a 100% recycling rate for all waste generated from business activities, at all Epson companies in Japan, and all Epson manufacturing companies outside Japan.

Fast-forward to 2005, and we implemented an original chemical substances management system, which has enabled us to manage chemical use within the whole lifecycle of our products – all the way from purchase of raw materials, to disposal.

Our next move, a historic moment in the history of the company, was to announce our Environmental Vision 2050. Introduced in 2008, the charter will continue to shape our approach for years to come. In 2009, we reinforced our commitment to Environmental Vision 2050 by announcing our SE15 Mid-Term Environmental Policy, a series of medium-term goals which will signpost our progress towards our ultimate objectives.

Then, in 2012, an Epson facility was accredited as an International ENERGY STAR Program testing centre. As the standard-bearers in energy-efficiency, it was a privilege to be recognised by ENERGY STAR in this way – confirmation of our worldwide reputation for developing responsible, progressive technology.

The innovation continued in 2015, when we introduced Epson 25 – a new plan which will help us on our way to Environmental Vision 2050. Based on a more efficient, more connected world, we’re using innovation in inkjet, visual, and wearable technology to enhance the lives and businesses of our users, while empowering them to use solutions that are kinder to the world we live in.

With our low-energy, low-waste, WorkForce Pro inkjet printers typifying our commitment, we’re confident that we will reach the targets originally set out in our 2050 vision, updated in SE15 and revised in Epson 25. The challenges that the world faces in our age are grave – but with planning, visionary thinking and a focus on technological advancement, we at Epson are continuing to play our part in meeting them head on.