Preservation of Water Resources
To ensure the sustainable use of water resources, Epson is committed to using water in a way that does not pollute or over extend this resource, while promoting water recycling.
We work actively to increase the recycling rate of factory wastewater and comply with stricter water quality regulations. Moreover, we are implementing energy-efficient water treatment facilities. Thus, we seek to reduce the overall impact of production processes.
Addressing water related risk
Aqueduct, a project of the World Resources Institute (WRI), is one of the global standards we used to assess water related risk faced by Epson production sites. We found that none of our sites are in a region where the overall water risk is considered to be extremely high based on the physical availability of water resources, water quality risk, and regulatory and reputational risk. Going forward, we plan to incorporate the use of tools such as the WWF's Water Risk Filter into our water risk assessments.
We made progress in FY2017 against our target of a 55% reduction in water usage compared to FY2006. However, we fell short of the target due to increased consumption associated with the startup of new production sites for inkjet printers and metal powder. Nevertheless, per-unit-sale results have improved with revenue growth.