Epson 25: production that’s kinder to the environment
Read about one of the key aspects associated with our long-term dedication to our economic responsibility: environmentally-conscious production.
Making plans for the future
As part of our 2050 Corporate Vision, Epson has put in place a number of environmental goals, with a view to continuing to deliver environmentally-conscious, innovative technology, today and in the future.
With the vision behind Epson 25, we continue a long-term dedication to our economic responsibility. A key part of this strategy is production.
As market leaders for printers and projectors, we produce thousands of hardware solutions every year, each one designed to provide maximum efficiency to our users. This puts us in a great position to make a difference, and use methods that significantly reduce our impact on the environment.
Between the financial years of 2006 and 2013, these innovations in production allowed us to reduce our CO2 emissions by a massive 41%. Central to this saving are our unique substance management methods, which allow us to reduce the quantities of chemicals used, and moderate pollutant emissions. We even centrally track information on chemical substances used at all global sites.
Zero Emissions programme
This attention to detail can also be found in our Zero Emissions programme. This initiative sees us reduce waste emissions every year, with the eventual goal of zero harmful emissions. It began with an effort to recycle 100% of our waste products and in 2013 we met our group reduction target – noting a 38% reduction in waste emissions compared to 2006.
Recycle and reuse
We’re also mitigating environmental impacts by focusing on water and resources. Our aim is to ensure we soil and consume no more water than necessary, while recycling and reusing the water we do use. Using this strategy, we reduced water usage by 58% between 2006 and 2013, and successfully lessened the overall impact of production processes.
These efficiencies are complemented by the way we’re working to reduce CO2 emissions. Primarily, we’re achieving this by increasing the proficiency of product, part and waste transport – reducing product sizes to enhance shipping, rethinking global logistics centres and packing processes, and reconsidering shipment departure and arrival frequencies. In this way, we reduced CO2 emissions by 24% between 2006 and 2013.
As well as these proactive methods, we follow group-wide standards for pollution control, and ensure that all members are well acquainted with the ideas and laws of environmental risk management. Each Epson promotion unit uses ISO 14001 to identify, assess and manage the risk of failing to meet standards or of experiencing environmental complaints or incidents.
What’s more, in 2013, we conducted an internal pollution and emissions audit at 27 business sites. Nearly all corrective actions for non-conformances that were found have now been carried out – completing our production-related commitment to the environment.
Annual sustainability report
And we understand the importance of sustainability being a long-term commitment, which is woven throughout everything we do on an ongoing basis – we report on our progress against our targets and goals in our annual sustainability report, which is due in the summer. Re believe you can’t just look at this topic when goals are coming up but must have it at the forefront when carrying out everyday activities.
At Epson, we take great pride in helping to preserve the planet, and the production aspect of our work is as important as any. Each success – whether it is reducing emissions, manufacturing more efficiently, or cutting waste – proves our long-term dedication to the environment, and brings us closer to the vision of Epson 25: a new connected age of people, things and information with efficient, compact and precision technologies. We believe that technology CAN live in harmony with ecology.