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Epson Exports Energy Saving Know-How

Epson Energy Patrol Program

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The Energy Patrol Program that Epson recently launched in Taiwan originated in the Suwa area, home of Epson's corporate headquarters, as a part of the company's community engagement program. To help conserve energy, Epson originally compiled in a pamphlet a host of energy-saving tips it had developed and distributed this pamphlet to local businesses. The response was positive, and Epson began hearing from local enterprises who wanted Epson to assess their energy use and recommend ways to save. This was the catalyst for the November 2000 founding of the Suwa Regional Energy Patrol Team, made up of persons from Epson and other enterprises belonging to the Suwa branch of the Nagano Association for Conserving Environment. Later, in 2005, the Suwa Regional Energy Patrol Team was rechristened the Shinshu (Nagano) Energy Patrol Team to reflect the broader geographic scope it would take on and re-launched under the auspices of the prefecture of Nagano, the Nagano Association for Conserving Environment, and the Nagano Employers Association. The program has delivered solid results and has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Japan Environmental Management Award (2007), the Japanese Environment Minister's Award for Efforts to Prevent Global Warming (2008), and the Energy Conservation Grand Prize in the Director-General of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy Awards (2009).

Launching the Taiwan Energy Saving Patrol

Shinshu Energy Patrol Heads Overseas

Putting Epson's Environmental Philosophy into practice, Epson Taiwan Technology & Trading Ltd.(Epson Taiwan), has developed its own environmental programs to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The aim is to bolster the Epson's brand and presence and to make the company stronger by fulfilling its corporate social responsibilities. Epson Taiwan has carried out a variety of environmental projects in the past but, after learning about the Shinshu Energy Patrol Team, concluded it could make a major social contribution by introducing similar patrols in Taiwan. So, to learn the ins and outs of the program, staff from Taiwan came to Japan several times, beginning in October 2010, to take part in the Shinshu Energy Patrol Team's activities. As this was going on, Epson Taiwan began contacting other enterprises and groups in Taiwan and, with the support of the Epson's Global Environmental Policy Department, launched the Taiwan Province Energy Patrol Team, made up of twenty persons from one association and four companies (Epson Taiwan, Taiwan BCSD*, Chunghwa Telecom, Daikin, and AVerMedia), in December 2010.

Taiwan Province Energy-Saving Patrol Team Results

Energy patrols in Taiwan province have only just begun, but the team has already conducted energy assessments of enterprises and, with Epson Taiwan leading the way, has offered concrete advice and suggestions for conserving energy. Let's look at two examples of companies that were assessed.

Energy patrol team member provid feedback.
The team suggests concrete actions and their effects in an easy to understand manner.
The team presented turning off lights in vending
machines as one way to reduce energy use.
At first glance this may seem unspectacular,
it can save a significant amount of electricity.
AVerMedia Technologies, Inc. epService Corporation
Location New Taipei City New Taipei City
Business Design, manufacture, and sales of information equipment Information equipment repair service
Employees 1,100 160
Key Improvements
  • Illumination changes (replace mercury-arc lamps and incandescent bulbs with HF fluorescent lamps and LED lamps)
  • Reduce the number of vending machines and turn off some lighting
  • Reduce the number of fluorescent bulbs installed
  • Turn on lights only where they are needed.
Projected reductions Electricity: 350,000 kWh/year
CO2: 218 tons/year
Electricity: 8,500 kWh/year
CO2: 5.3 tons/year
Patrol members measure the indoor light level.
In hallways formerly fully lit by fluorescent lights,
the team suggested reducing the number
of lights to save energy.

Epson Taiwan is currently leading the patrol team in energy assessments at enterprises in the Taipei area. In the future, however, it hopes to involve government in the program as the Shinshu Energy Patrol Team has done and expand it across Taiwan. Plans call for increasing the number of team members from the current 20 persons to 45 persons by 2013, in readiness for conducting 40 assessments a year.

*Business Council for Sustainable Development.
An association established at the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit whose mission is to promote international interest in, and best practices for, environmental conservation and economic development.