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What is Epson's basic stance on global environmental issues?


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Since its founding, Epson has believed that it must be considerate of the global environment in order to endure and grow as a corporation, and the entire Epson Group has continued to work together actively to preserve the environment.
You can view our Environmental Policy here.


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What is your reason for setting 2050 as your target year?


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We set 2050 as our target year because it is also set as an important target year in IPCC reports, the Stern Review, and at the Heiligendamm Summit.


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What is the benchmark year for reducing CO2 emissions by 90% across your entire product life cycle?


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Fiscal year 2006.


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Why has Epson used Japan as the standard to formulate its calculation of a 90% reduction?


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As a global corporation, Epson has offices in both advanced countries and developing countries where CO2 emissions levels are low. However, regarding our responsibility toward global environmental concerns, we believe we must recognize that we are indeed a company from an advanced nation. We used the values for Japan to formulate our calculation because Epson was founded in Japan, and because we believe that as a representative of our homeland, an advanced country that currently produces high emission levels, it is our duty to set strict target levels.


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Does your inclusion of all products in a resource recycling loop mean 100% reuse and recycling?


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Yes, that is correct. However, we do not envision the building of a closed circle (referred to as "closed recycling") with only Epson. Our goal is a system that encompasses all of society, and makes 100% use of its resources. More information is available on this website.


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What types of global warming gasses are there other than CO2, and what are their emission levels?


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You can view related information here.


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In regards to your efforts to restore and preserve biodiversity, do you have any specific plans for reforestation?


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Epson started reforestation efforts in Kalimantan, Indonesia in FY2000, and continued to manage forested areas there to FY2010. In FY2008, we cooperated with the municipal government of Suwa to plan the implementation of a reforestation (forest improvement) project with the participation of Epson employees. Based on this plan, we signed an agreement in November of that year to support the Suwa Jinguji 100-Year Forest Project promoted by the Jinguji Forestry Cooperative. Since that time, Epson has performed 10 separate forest-friendly activities, including forest improvement projects. Epson will continue to cooperate in the preservation of local landscapes by providing not only financial support, but also "manpower" through the voluntary participation of our employees.
In addition, Epson joined the Japan Business Initiative for Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity (JBIB). We will apply what we learn through discussions and research with this association to our plans for future activities. (JBIB was founded on 1 April 2008.)

Specific details

Support for the Jinguji 100-Year Forest Project Seiko Epson
5-year contract starting in November 2008
Area: 50 hectares
Financial assistance + labor by Epson employees
Financial assistance during 1st year: 500,000 yen
Support for forest restoration in Portugal Epson Europe BV
Restoration of forests in the Gardunha mountain range, devastated by fire in 2003 and 2005
Area: 40 hectares
The restoration of biodiversity progressed with a mixture of broad-life trees and indigenous species.
Reforestation in Bukit Batok Nature Park Singapore Epson Industrial Pte. Ltd.
Epson Singapore Pte. Ltd.
Follow-up work for the nurturing of 50 seedlings planted in Bukit Batok Nature Park six months ago by Epson employees and children from Bukit Timah elementary schools(60 persons total)
Cleared the ivy, weeds, and alien plants that had grown up around the seedlings, and added compost mulch at the base of each tree.
Reforestation in Shenzhen parks Epson Engineering (Shenzhen) Ltd.
Planted 208 seedlings with the participation of 115 Epson employees.
Reforestation in Fuzhuo Min Jiang Park Fujian Epson Co., Ltd.
Planted 100 willows and 2 banyan trees with the participation of 105 Epson employees.
Reforestation project on Mount Makiling Epson Precision (Philippines) Inc.
Began planting a 1.5-hectare forest in 2004. 2009 was the final year for planting seedlings, and Epson will continue to care for the trees on this 1.5-hectare lot for the next 2 years.
1,800 seedlings of species native to the Philippines were planted, including Narra, Lipote (berries), Palosapis, and White Lauan. (Survival rate: approximately 80%)
Participation in FY2009 included 120 employees from the IIP and QD departments of EPPI.
Support for forest restoration in Kalimantan Seiko Epson
P.T.Indonesia Epson Industry
Agroforestry has been performed on desolate land in South Kalimantan national forest reserves since 2000 to 2010.
Area: 300 hectares
Agroforestry integrates agriculture with forestry, combining common trees, multipurpose trees, and agricultural crops. The actual work is performed collectively by the people who live in the region (with agricultural guidance from experts), allowing them to secure a stable source of income.


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What are your specific plans for environmental activities?


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Epson established our SE15 Mid-Term Environmental Policy, which spells out our environmental goals for the year 2015.
You can view SE15 Mid-Term Environmental Policy here.


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What does Epson believe are the most important areas on which to focus to minimize the environmental impact of its products over their entire lifecycle?


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Epson has identified "energy-saving design", "resource saving", and "the elimination of harmful substances" as three environmental specifications that we must achieve during the planning and design stages of new products. To that end, we are introducing a structure to realize these efforts within the commercialization process.
You can view related information here.


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Please provide a specific example of Epson's environmental consideration design.


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Environmental consideration design is implemented on all Epson products, including printers, scanners, projectors, and semiconductors. Please refer to the following for specific examples of environmental consideration in our products.


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Are you making efforts to reduce the environmental impact of paper, even though printers require paper?


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Epson printers include a variety of paper reduction functions. (Examples include double-sided printing, allocated printing, and Web printing.) In addition, genuine special paper for printers meet our Paper Products Procurement Policy, and the lumber used as raw materials by our paper suppliers is in compliance with our legality and sustainability standards. Further, we have obtained FSC® certification for certain types of special paper used in inkjet printers in Japan.


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What progress have you made in ensuring that your final products are halogen-free?


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The RoHS directive stipulates that two brominated flame retardants must not be present. In addition, we are currently working to reduce the presence of other halogenated resin additives in product casings and implemented boards based on customer requests and to comply with EC REACH regulations.


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Does Epson use new materials developed with consideration for the environment, such as bioplastics?


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Several years ago we began testing the introduction of bioplastics based on polylactate for use in parts. We now use bioplastics in some ink cartridge parts for large-format inkjet printers and parts for laser printers.


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Please tell us about Epson products that comply with environmental labels.


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If you have any questions regarding compliance with environmental labels for any particular product, please contact an Epson sales company in your country or region for more information.


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Do you collect used products in every country where you sell your products? Where should consumers dispose of their used ink cartridges?


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Laws regarding this issue have been passed in some countries and regions. In such cases, Epson collects and recycles used products accordingly. In addition, there are some regions where Epson has implemented collection programs of its own accord in consideration of customer needs. For more information about Epson collection programs, please refer to this website.


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Please tell us what volume of used products you collect.


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For more information about the volume of used printers we collect, please refer to this website.


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Do you believe that ink cartridges have less environmental impact when they are reused or when the material is recycled?


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We are unable to make a definitive judgment about which method provides the least environmental impact. When recycling, environmental impact will vary according to which processes are required. When reusing, we must first consider whether the print quality demanded of Epson printers can be maintained. Although it can be extremely difficult to maintain quality while also reducing environmental impact, we have been able to achieve the commercialization of genuine recycled products for some ink cartridges (sold only in Japan). For more information about these recycled ink cartridges, please refer to this website.


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How does Epson plan to use its technology to reduce the impact on the environment?


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Epson believes that we can contribute to the reduction of environmental impact by using printers in fields where they have not been used before, such as label printing and cloth printing.
You can view Epson's core technology here.


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Please tell us about the history of environmental activities at Epson, with notable examples.


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Since our founding in 1942, Epson has always focused on environmental considerations as an important business activity, and has occasionally lead the way boldly regarding such concerns. A prominent example is Epson's "CFC-free declaration" of 1988, the first declaration of its kind in the world. This effort was achieved in October 1992, a year and five months ahead of schedule. 10 years after the "CFC--free declaration", Epson stipulated 1998 as its Second Environmental Benchmark Year, and adopted a General Environmental Policy to address environmental issues from all angles. Promotion of the General Environmental Policy lead to efforts to establish high targets for use throughout the world, and succeeded in achieving zero-emissions policies and the construction of chemical control systems.
You can view the history of environmental activities at Epson here.