Epson and the Environment
Introduction of localized environmental conservation programs and corporate citizenship programs that leverage Epson's products and services.
Bioswale Added to Clean Storm Water (United States)
Water running off pavements contains pollutants like oil and car exhaust. To prevent pollution in rivers, Epson Portland Inc. (EPI) created a marshy area next to its parking lot for workers and visitors. The feature, known as a bioswale, is designed to prevent pollution from reaching the river system. Rain running off the parking lot is channeled into the bioswale, where plants and soil work as natural filters to remove sediments, oils, heavy metals, and other pollutants before the runoff reaches the groundwater. At 45 meters in width, the bioswale treats runoff from a parking lot measuring 6,900 square meters.
The bioswale was a project of EPI, the city of Hillsboro, the local water utility Clean Water Services, and civil engineering students from Portland State University. The project includes signage explaining how the bioswale works. It is a useful model for other businesses installing bioswales and helps to educate the public about water pollution.
Nature Photography Festival Support (Germany)
In 2013, Epson Deutschland GmbH (EDG) became a premium partner of the Horizonte Festival and lent its expertise in the printing of photos for the festival. Held in Zingst, an area on the Baltic coast, the festival is aimed at raising environmental awareness via the powerful visual tool of photography.
Raptor Rescue (Croatia)
To help preserve wildlife in Croatia and the surrounding region, Epson supports the Croatian Raptor Rescue Center.
Hand-Made Artificial Reefs (Thailand)
Employees of Epson Precision (Thailand) Ltd. (EPTH) built an artificial reef to be installed off Dong-Tran beach to provide a refuge and breeding ground for aquatic life forms. Personnel from the Royal Thai Navy explained and demonstrated how to make the reef, which required that EPTH's members work together to assemble a set consisting of 25 pieces of plastic piping. When deployed in the sea, it will become a home for sea life.
Reforestation Project in the Philippines
For the past two years Epson Precision (Philippines), Inc. (EPPI) has been partnering with the National Power Corporation and the Malarayat-Malepunyo Watershed Protection Council (MMWPC) to plant trees on Mt. Malaraya-Malepunyo Lipa City. In 2013, 191 volunteers from EPPI, including the president, replanted an area covering two hectares with 4,000 saplings of various species native to the Philippines, including narra, kupang, tibig, toog, and taluto.
Energy Patrol activity (Japan, Taiwan)
Believing that environmental problems are better addressed through collaboration than competition, Epson participates in a program that sends engineer volunteers who belong to an cross-enterprise network out into the community to advise local businesses about ways to conserve energy. The catalyst for this program was a pamphlet distributed to local enterprises containing energy-saving tips and technologies developed by Epson. Reaction to the pamphlet was positive, and Epson began receiving requests from companies to assess their energy use and recommend ways to save. Epson responded by forming the Suwa Regional Energy Patrol Team, in 2000. In 2005 the name was changed to the Shinshu Energy Patrol Team to reflect an expansion in the geographical scope of the program. Then, in 2010, using know-how from the Shinshu Energy Patrol Team, Epson Taiwan Technology & Trading Ltd. (ETT) partnered with local companies and groups to launch the Taiwan Energy Patrol Program to cover even more territory.