Epson and the Environment

Environmental Performance

Epson Group Environmental Performance (FY2017)

  FY2017 Targets FY2017 Results
Creation of environmentally conscious products and services Printing

Creating new products and services with leading technology.

Contributing to the environment through products and services.

  • We released a blazingly fast yet energy-efficient office inkjet multifunction printer equipped with newly developed PrecisionCore lineheads.
  • The PaperLab A-8000, a dry-process office papermaking system that mitigates environmental impacts and solves other social issues, was awarded the Japan Industrial Technology Prize in recognition of its originality.
  • We launched the EV-100 and EV-105, accent lighting projectors with a long-lasting laser-light source.
Wearable Expand the number of Eco Mark watches.
  • Eco Mark products accounted for 78% of total watch sales.
  • Introduced new GPS solar, solar radio wave and mechanical watches.
  • We launched the TRUME brand of analog watches that leverage our unique strengths and original technologies to push the blending of design and functionality to a high level.
Robotics Develop compact industrial robots.
  • We launched the T series of compact SCARA robots featuring a built-in controller and batteryless motor unit.
Aim of activity:

Release to market products and services that reduce users' environmental impacts and highlight their benefits to revolutionize customer behavior and business.
Create compelling, customer-satisfying products that have a low environmental impact across their life cycles by reducing their size, weight, and power consumption while increasing their recyclability and service life.

Production Global warming prevention Greenhouse gas emissions
Reduce per unit of sales 20% vs. FY2006
  • Reduced by 22%
    (Ref: 40% reduction in emission volumes compared with FY2006)
Substance management Reduce PRTR*1 substance emissions to FY2006 emission level or less
  • Reduced by 60%
Reduce total VOC*2 emissions to FY2006 emission level or less
  • Reduced by 52%
Zero emissions Reduce waste emissions to FY2006 emission level or less
  • Reduced by 18%
Preservation of water resources Reduce water usage 55% vs. FY2006
  • Reduced by 52%
    (Ref: improved unit sales volumes year-over-year)
Pollution and waste risk management

Zero legal violations and government warnings

Zero impact on production through risk avoidance

  • Regulatory violations: one (exceeded sewer discharge limit)*4
  • Administrative penalties: two (equipment compliance violations)*4
  • Zero impact on production through risk avoidance
Aim of activity:

Leverage quality improvement programs to reduce total costs and achieve production processes that are highly efficient and have low environmental impact.

Initiatives Mid-range targets and policies aimed at SBT*3 certification
  • Establish mid-range environmental targets (scopes 1 + 2, scope 3) and apply for SBT certification.
  • Have a third party verify scopes 1 and 2 performance data, and have a third-party verify scope 3 data and update related guidelines.
  • Disclose data for scopes 1, 2 and 3 GHG protocols.
Producing capacity
(Check environmental impact)
  • We began inkjet printer production at a new factory in the Philippines with highly efficient, state-of-the-art operations and improved space productivity. A mega solar power generation system with a maximum capacity of approximately 3,000 kW was installed on the roof of this factory.
  • We began operation at a new factory in Aomori to increase production capacity of superfine alloy powders that are used for a wide variety of high-performance parts.
  • We are building a new inkjet print head factory in Nagano Prefecture, Japan, that will triple our PrecisionCore print chip production capacity. The factory is scheduled for completion in 2018.
Collection of environmental data
  • Environmental data for FY2017 was collected from 57 Epson Group companies worldwide (representing 97% of revenue)

*1 Pollutant Release and Transfer Register
*2 Volatile organic compounds
*3 International initiatives to check that long-term targets for greenhouse gas emissions are in line with the 2°C limit set by the Paris Agreement.
*4 Click here for details.