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Environmental Conservation

Environmental Initiatives in Germany

Germany has been addressing environmental concerns proactively, and is working toward a nuclear-free future. Epson Deutschland GmbH (EDG) has an internal environmental program called "Green Way."

An electric vehicle used at EDG

Case 1: Introducing Electric Cars to Fleet

EDG has been replacing its sales fleet with electric vehicles since 2011.

Case 2: Solar Power on EDG Head Office Rooftop

EDG installed a solar power system on its head office rooftop in 2008. It generates more than 45,000 kWh annually for internal use.

EDG employees planting trees

Case 3: Community Contributions

In FY2012, the city of Meerbusch leased three hectares of land to EDG, and employees planted 15,000 trees on it. Employees also have been teaching a course to experience and understand energy at a Düsseldorf elementary school since 2007.

Epson Foundation Supports "Up-cycling" (Hong Kong)

In April 2012, the Epson Foundation of Hong Kong sponsored and held an awards ceremony for The Conservancy Association's Waste Transformer - Up-cycling Contest.

"Up-cycling" means making high-quality or environmentally valuable products out of unneeded goods that would otherwise go to landfills. The contest, open to junior and senior high school students, received 64 entries in three categories: furniture, household items, and home decorations. Starting in May, outstanding works were put on display around Hong Kong.

Supporting Raptor Protection in Croatia

High-definition scanner donated
by Epson Expression 10000XL

Supporting Raptor Protection in Croatia As part of protecting wildlife in Croatia and the surrounding area, Epson Italia S.p.A. (EIS) donated a highdefinition scanner to the "Atlas of Bird Feathers Project" of the Raptor Rescue Center. The center is operated by the NGO Udruga Sokorlarski Centar (USC). The project is making a database of digital scans of bird feathers available for view on the USC web site for use in conservation activities.

The high-resolution scanned images can display the feathers in their original color and form. Publicly available, this is valuable data for scholars and others around the world.

Loggerhead Sea Turtle Protection Project (Japan)

Epson employees and Sea World staff
members check the data

Staff members install the sensors

As part of its efforts to help preserve biodiversity and to verify the effectiveness of its sensing technologies, Epson has been measuring underground temperatures and monitoring the hatching of loggerhead turtle eggs in an artifi cial beach at Kamogawa Sea World and at sites along the Tojo coastline since June 2010. The sand temperature is measured every 30 minutes, while a small sensor located above the eggs detects when they hatch. The data is stored in memory until it is wirelessly read by a staff member using a special device. What sets this wireless communications technology apart from the pack is that it works with devices buried in the ground, sand or water. Detailed data on the nest, such as temperature and the date and time the eggs hatched, can be tracked without having to disturb the nesting environment.

In fiscal 2011, Epson offered technology and manpower to a joint research project between Kamogawa Sea World and the Tokyo University of Agriculture to study the relationship between sand temperature, growth conditions and hatchling gender.

Isuke Karaki
CS/Quality Assurance Environment Dept.

Isuke Karaki, the person in charge of the project, said, "To get a clear picture of the environmental conditions in the sand, we need accurate and stable measurements that aren't affected by rain, temperature, salt and other adverse conditions. In the future we will work towards shedding light on a range of environments."

Epson and Kamogawa Sea World Report on Loggerhead Sea Turtle Protection Project

Donations for Cartridges (Worldwide)

Epson runs various programs throughout the world in which donations are given to environmental and charitable organizations based on the volume of ink and toner cartridges that are returned.

Worldwide programs

Forest Management and Local Cleanup (Worldwide)

Epson employees around the world are helping to prevent global warming and preserve biodiversity through treeplanting activities in various regions worldwide. Employees engage in local cleanup activities in order to foster an environment where employees actively participate in local events as members of the community.

Carbon Trading Model Forest Project (China)

Jinguji 100-Year Forest Project (Japan)

Removing invasive species at Bijiashan Park (China)

Sponsor of recycling event (Thailand)

Taiwan Energy Patrol Team (Taiwan)

Jurizuka Beach cleanup (Japan)

Other Main Forest Management and Local Cleanup Activities