Epson and the Environment

Eco Communication

Introduction of communications on environmental topics.

EcoPro 2018 (Japan)

EcoPro 2018, Japan's preeminent environmental exhibition, was held at Tokyo Big Sight from December 6-8, 2018. The theme of this year’s exhibition was “Environment and Society in the SDGs Era, and into the Future.” The exhibition has evolved over the years from an event that focused on environmental issues and environmental education to an event that is now geared toward people with an interest in SDGs, ESG, and other social trends and issues.

Epson has had a booth at EcoPro every year since the inaugural exhibition in 1999. This year the Epson booth featured the PaperLab, a dry process office papermaking system that won the Economy, Trade and Industry Minister’s Prize at the First EcoPro Awards. Epson also highlighted how replacing laser office printers with inkjet printers contributes to the SDGs by reducing working time and by saving electricity and resources.

Dry Process Office Papermaking System

Visitors to the Epson booth were treated to a paper recycling demonstration and shown samples of notebooks, sketchbooks, business cards, and leaflets made on paper that was recycled using the PaperLab A-8000. They were also shown examples of how our premium partners who have installed a PaperLab A-8000 are making efficient use of it.

Contributing to achieve the SDGs with Inkjet Printers

The Epson booth drew attention to some of the products and initiatives for reducing environmental impacts in the office. Visitors were shown how high-speed linehead inkjet multifunction printers can increase productivity while saving energy. They were also shown the amount of resources that can be saved with high-capacity ink tank systems.

Corporate Corner

Panels showed CSR activities that contribute to achieve the SDGs and prize-winning photographs from a nature photography contest that Epson sponsors. In the environmental activity area, Epson showed how it is contributing to environmental sustainability by making inkjet printers smaller, providing advanced features, and promoting inkjet digital textile printing. A groundbreaking printer dating back some two decades was put on exhibit, as were various textile print samples.

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.

Keynote Speech on Ecology and SDGs

Kazuhiro Ichikawa, Seiko Epson executive officer and deputy general administrative manager of the Technology Development Division, gave a keynote speech at EcoPro 2018 about Epson’s innovation goals and the PaperLab dry process office papermaking system, the development of which he spearheaded.
He suggested ways of resolving social issues and contributing to environmental sustainability through products and services like PaperLab as a company that will contribute to the achievement of the SDGs.

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.