Epson and the Environment

Eco Communication

Introduction of communications on environmental topics.

EcoPro 2019 (Japan)

EcoPro 2019, Japan's preeminent environmental exhibition, was held at Tokyo Big Sight from December 5-7, 2019. Now in its 21st year, this event was geared toward stakeholders with a high level of interest in the SDGs, ESG, and other social trends and issues.
Epson has exhibited every year at EcoPro since the first year, in 1999. This year the Epson booth promoted the concept of an eco-conscious office, featuring the environmental contributions of business inkjet printers that use the company’s Heat-Free Technology to eject ink.

Eco-Conscious Office

Epson showcased a proposed recycling cycle that starts with paper and presented the activities of an Eco-Conscious Office Project that was launched in July 2019 at Epson’s Shinjuku office along with the results from the first five months of the project. We highlighted our eco-conscious office concept by demonstrating paper recycling with a PaperLab office papermaking system and by printing with a high-speed line inkjet printer that delivers sharp, crisp text that won't bleed or smudge.

Presentation Stage

Four programs were conducted on each day of the EcoPro exhibition. One program, titled “Epson and the SDGs,” featured employees who are leading Epson’s environmental action and eco-conscious office initiatives discussing their work. Another program featured a sales demonstrator engaging visitors and communicating the eco-conscious office value proposition.

Corporate Corner

Epson believes it can accelerate the achievement of SDGs and change the world by using inkjet technology to minimize the consumption of materials. Our exhibits thus focused on solutions to social issues that leverage inkjet innovations, a goal of the Epson 25 Corporate Vision.
We presented the advantages of Epson’s unique inkjet technology, our most advanced printheads, and examples of collaboration through sales of printheads to partners. We received a lot of positive feedback from visitors who are excited about the future possibilities.

Received the 1st EcoPro Award (Japan)

Epson was awarded the Economy, Trade and Industry Minister’s Prize, one of main prizes in the First EcoPro Awards, at a ceremony on the first day of EcoPro 2018.
Epson was singled out for the environmental performance of the PaperLab A-8000 dry process office papermaking system, for innovativeness in recycling office resources, and for the maintenance of information security through the secure destruction of confidential documents.
Epson aims to develop an office recycling ecosystem and a smart recycling business by advancing and leveraging its efficient, compact, and precision technologies to provide innovative products and services.

Screening Committee Chair comments

Epson developed an innovative and secure method for recycling high volumes of waste paper right inside the office. It has the potential to replace the existing paper recycling and distribution model with a greener model.
In addition, when people are directly involved in paper recycling, they see how much paper is used, and this could motivate them to recycle more resources.

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.

Floor discussion

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.