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Reducing CO2 from Transportation

Using methods recognized under the Revised Law Concerning the Rational Use of Energy, Epson has been monitoring its shipping volumes, energy usage, and CO2 emissions while working to shrink its environmental footprint with the aim of reducing emissions by 1% versus the previous year per unit of sales.
We have been gathering logistics data since FY2006. In the interest of greater efficiency, we have partially automated the process based on shipping histories and the like. We will gradually expand the scope of automated data compilation and improve data accuracy.


Initiatives overseas

1. Modal shift

Working with our affiliates around the world, Epson is making the modal shift from air to marine transport. Epson Sales Japan Corp. (Tokyo) has designed a system that forecasts parts demand more than a year in advance. By using this system and accounting for delivery lead time, it has been able to switch from air to marine shipping for after-sale service parts from Singapore Epson Industrial Pte. Ltd. This innovation alone reduces annual emissions of CO2 by about 3,000 tons.

2. Double-decker trucks

In Europe, Epson ships 99% of its goods over land. Therefore, anything that makes truck transportation more efficient lowers our CO2 output.
As a way to solve the CO2 problem, Epson Europe B.V. (Netherlands) introduced double-decker trucks in Europe in place of conventional trucks.
The separate upper and lower decks of these trucks increase loading efficiency, carrying a combined 54 standard pallets of goods, compared to just 33 in a conventional truck.
Having the split deck does mean that full pallets can be no higher than 180 cm, but this has not been a hindrance, since customers were already asking that pallets be no more than 180 cm high, and some products do not allow stacking.
Thanks to the double-decker trucks, Epson has been able to shrink its fleet of trucks in Europe by 40% while carrying the same volume. This is one example of an initiative that benefits the environment while simultaneously cutting costs and enhancing customer satisfaction.

Comparison of conventional and double-decker trucks

Comparison of conventional and double-decker trucks

Initiatives in Japan

Our logistics company Epson Logistics (Nagano Prefecture), with the cooperation of our business partners, is cutting CO2 emissions by adopting hybrid vehicles, using digital tachographs* and promoting "Eco-Drive," or eco-friendly driving habits.

*A digital tachograph is a recording tool that automatically stores a vehicle's operation history (speed, time, engine RPMs, number of sudden accelerations, etc.) on a memory card or other storage device.

Examples of eco-drive measures

  • "e-Start" gentle acceleration
  • Driving with minimal acceleration/deceleration
  • Taking foot off the accelerator pedal early
  • Eliminating engine idling
  • Closely monitoring tire air pressure
  • Driving with no more than the necessary cargo
  • In summer, not carrying tire chains (which weigh about 100 kg)
  • Only carrying as much fuel as necessary
  • Avoiding illegal parking that can cause traffic jams

Etc.

Better Products for a Better Future

At Epson, we know that planning for the future requires a strong commitment to the environment. That is why we strive to create innovative products that are reliable, recyclable, and energy efficient.
Better products that use fewer resources help ensure a better future for us all.

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