Environmental Vision 2050

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Epson has set four key conditions in order to work towards achieving "Environmental Vision 2050" ,

  1. Reduction of CO2 emissions by 90% across the entire product life cycle.
  2. Inclusion of all products in the resource reuse and recycling loop*.
  3. Reduction of direct CO2 emissions by 90%, and elimination of global warming gas emissions other than CO2.
  4. Restoration and preservation of biodiversity as a member of the ecosystem, together with local communities.

Environmental Vision 2050 and backcasting*

Glossary

Environmental carrying capacity

The amount of human activity and environmentally harmful materials (substances that degrade or pollute the environment) that can be supported without impairing the environment.
In "Environmental Vision 2050" carbon dioxide is cited as a representative environmentally harmful material, and the environmental carrying capacity is assumed to be the capacity of the Earth's natural environment to support it.

Biodiversity

Biological diversity, i.e. the existence of diverse forms of life in a given ecosystem.
The Convention on Biological Diversity defines this term as "the variability among living organisms from all sources including, inter alia, terrestrial, marine and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are part; this includes diversity within species, between species and of ecosystems.

Resource recycling loop

A system in which the input of new resources is gradually reduced by repeatedly reusing and recycling resources used in earlier products.

Backcasting

A planning technique in which a desired outcome or goal is envisioned and planned before the scenario for achieving the outcome or goal is devised.


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