Epson and the Environment

Environmental History

Shinshu Energy Patrol Team

2000 Energy patrols

In 2000, in response to requests from local businesses and organizations looking for ways to save energy at their own sites, Epson teamed up with some other companies operating in Nagano to form the Suwa Regional Energy Patrol Team. The team visits local businesses, offices, and other facilities to assess their energy use and recommend ways to reduce their energy consumption. In 2005, as the benefits of the program gained broader recognition, a new Shinshu Energy Patrol Team was formed to provide expanded coverage over all of Nagano Prefecture. A similar program was launched in Taiwan in 2010.

A monument commemorating the Epson forest

2000 Reforestation project support

As a way of contributing to Indonesia, a country where Epson has manufacturing operations, Epson established a reforestation program on Kalimantan, an island that has been rapidly losing its tropical rainforests. Enlisting the help of The Japan International Forestry Promotion & Cooperation Center and working closely with the Indonesian government, Epson replanted and maintained the "Epson Forest," a roughly 300 hectare area, up until 2008. By adopting an agroforestry approach, wherein agricultural crops are planted along with trees, this project not only restored a forest in decline but also improved the lives of local inhabitants.

ETL employee conducting an internal audit

2001 ISO 14001 Certification

Epson was quick to acquire certification for compliance with ISO 14001 as a way to help ensure the continuation and effectiveness of its environmental programs. In 1995 U.K. affiliate Epson Telford Ltd. (ETL) earned certification for BS7750 (a British Standard for environmental management systems on which ISO 14001 is based). By 2001, all of Epson's major manufacturing and non-manufacturing sites around the globe had acquired ISO14001 certification.

The LP-9400 and the symbol used
at the time for qualified products

2001 Epson Ecology Labels

In 2000 Epson began the Epson Ecology Label Program. Under this program, we used labels to provide consumers with information about the environmental attributes (self-declared) of Epson products and to promote the creation of eco-conscious products. The LP-9400 (EPL-N7000 in some regions) page printer, released in 2001, was the first product to qualify for a label.

Presentation on the Green Purchasing
Standard for Production Materials

2003 Green purchasing of production materials

We started a standardized, global program to guarantee that certain banned substances are kept out of our supply chain. This program serves to assure that the parts and raw materials procured by Epson Group companies anywhere in the world meet criteria published in the Epson Group Green Purchasing Standard for Production Materials.

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Zero Emissions Level 1 Qualification Ceremony

2003 Zero emissions program

We launched a "zero emissions" program in 1997. The goals of this program are to recycle 100% of the emissions generated by our business activities (Level 1) and to reduce our total emissions (Level 2). By 2003 every Epson site around the world had achieved Level 1. Presently, we are working to reduce the volume of waste itself and to achieve a higher level of recycling.

Scenario for achieving the
environmental vision by 2050

2008 Environmental Vision 2050

To do what we can to fundamentally address the deepening problem of global warming, we established Environmental Vision 2050, a document that states Epson's long-range environmental goals.

Conceptual image

2010 SE15 Mid-Term Environmental Policy

Epson's SE15 Mid-Term Environmental Policy sets out the first milestones along the path toward achieving Environmental Vision 2050.

SurePress L-4033A

2010 New perspective

We launched the SurePress L-4033A. This digital label press was designed with a view toward using innovative Epson products and technologies to reduce environmental impacts during use. Employing Epson's Micro Piezo technology, the SurePress offers label manufacturers a dramatically lower environmental impacts than traditional analog label presses.

Expression Premium XP-600

2012 Pursuing compactness

To improve the basic eco-performance of our printers and to provide users with more installation options, we completely revamped the design for compactness. The Expression Premium XP-600 inkjet printer has smaller mechanisms and a new, slimmer type of print head and ink cartridge, making them significantly smaller in every dimension than its predecessor the Artisan 730.

Printer with high-capacity ink packs

2014 Changing office printing

Epson's advanced inkjet technology is driving changes in office printing by accelerating the shift from laser to inkjet.
Office inkjet printers equipped with high-capacity ink packs save resources and time by dramatically reducing the need to replace consumables, and reduce the work involved in replacing, ordering, managing, and transporting consumables inventory. And with no heat used in printing, Epson inkjets use far less power than laser printers.

PaperLab in-office paper recycler

2015 Recycling paper in the office

Epson has developed technology that will change the paper cycle, give new value to used paper, and stimulate in-office recycling. The PaperLab paper recycler, scheduled for commercial release in Japan in 2016, uses Epson's original Dry Fiber Technology to securely destroy confidential documents and recycle them without using precious water resources*.
* A small amount of water is used to maintain a certain level of humidity inside the system.

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