Epson and the Environment
Introduction of communications on environmental topics.
EcoPro Exhibition (Japan)
Epson exhibited at EcoPro 2017, Japan's largest environmental exhibition, held at Tokyo Big Sight in the beginning of December 2017. Epson has exhibited at every EcoPro show since it began in 1999, making 2017 the 19th time the company has participated.
The Epson booth highlighted some of the company’s products and initiatives to reduce environmental impacts in the office. It demonstrated an office papermaking system that makes new paper from old, underscored the energy-saving features of high-speed linehead inkjet multifunction printers, and drew attention to the amount of resources that can be saved by using high-capacity ink tank systems.
Office papermaking system
We demonstrated paper recycling and displayed some samples of notebooks, sketchbooks, business cards, and leaflets made on paper that was recycled using the PaperLab A-8000.
High-speed linehead inkjet multifunction printers
A thermography camera was used to visually demonstrate the difference in the amount of heat radiated by a laser printer and an Epson inkjet printer, the latter of which does not use heat in the printing process and thus uses only minimal power.
Epson provided information about a nature photography contest that it sponsors, about key CSR themes, and about the safety and reliability of inks used in inkjet digital textile printing. Epson also shared photos and information about parts manufactured from used paper that was recycled using a system equipped with Epson’s dry fiber technology. Because textile printing was one of the focal points, Epson prepared numerous print samples on various materials that visitors could see and touch to give them a sense of how applications for inkjet printing are expanding beyond paper and into clothing and accessories.
Forum to Promote the Attractiveness of the Shinshu Mountain Environment (Japan)
Building networks of conservation-minded groups, institutions, businesses, and individuals is a great way to conserve biodiversity. Networks are effective because they provide a means for people to share information.
Nagano Prefecture, where Epson's Head Office and many other facilities are located, hosted the Forum to Promote the Attractiveness of the Shinshu (Shinshu is the traditional name for Nagano) Mountain Environment in February 2015. Because Epson helped draft the prefecture's 2012 Nagano Prefecture Strategy for Biodiversity, the company joined the floor discussion entitled "Preserving Shinshu's Rich Natural Environment" at the forum. During the discussion, we pointed out that we understand that business activities hurt the ecosystem when resources are extracted as materials for products. Therefore, we noted that to conserve biodiversity, we need to run our business in a way that consumes fewer virgin resources. The forum concluded with a declaration to establish the Shinshu Biodiversity Network. Shinshu University, nature conservation groups, Nagano Prefecture, and others have been promoting this effort as one of the key projects of the Nagano Prefecture Strategy for Biodiversity. The forum is expected to help strengthen networks for biodiversity conservation and advance the preservation of rare plant and animal species and ecosystems in the prefecture.
Discussion on Environmental Communications (Japan)
In May 2015, Professor Junko Edahiro of the Faculty of Environmental Studies at Tokyo City University arranged a meeting between Epson representatives and 18 third-year environmental management science students to discuss corporate environmental communications.
The students, who were divided into six teams, prepared for the event by researching Epson's environmental communications and giving presentations about their findings. Next, after giving a presentation on the 40th anniversary of the Epson brand, Epson talked about its actions to reduce environmental impacts in line with a strategic policy entitled "Environmental Vision 2050." Epson also described the process used to establish the policy and the hopes for the environment that the policy represents. Following the presentations, the students and Epson employees gathered to discuss environmental communications. The students shared some insightful comments. One said that consumers are also going to have to change for enterprises to accelerate their environmental initiatives. Another was struck by how difficult it is to communicate environmental initiatives, while others said that they learned a lot simply by talking and listening.
Epson also had the students evaluate the environmental information on Epson's websites, including how easy the information is to find and understand. Epson also learned that the majority of students view web content on a PC when at home and on a smartphone when away from home, including at school. The event proved to be a good opportunity to think about how Epson can provide information in the future.
Community Dialog (Japan)
Seiko Epson and Epson Group companies in Japan organize events to exchange ideas with the local residents of the communities in which we operate for the purpose of cultivating a deeper understanding of our environmental initiatives and risk management system.
Environmental Communication Guidelines
Epson's Global Environmental Communication Guidelines, established in 2008, provides rules for environment-related communications. The guidelines are used throughout the Epson Group to help ensure that the information we release about our environmental programs and environmental performance is correct and easy to understand.