Environmental actions taken by Epson,
one of the first companies to respect collaboration over competition
Environmental actions taken by Epson,
one of the first companies to respect
collaboration over competition
Harmony, Collaboration, and Environmental Commitment
and Environmental Commitment
Epson was founded in 1942 in Suwa,
a city located in the rich natural environment of Nagano Prefecture.
Harmonious co-existence with the communities in which we operate has long been a cornerstone of the company, and even as our operations have expanded globally, our culture of respect for the environment has never wavered. We demonstrated this in 1988, when Epson became the world's first company to announce that it would eliminate ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) from its operations. Under the motto of "cooperation rather than competition," Epson has shared the know-how gained through its environmental activities with society. We will maintain a high level of environmental action because, as stated in the Management Philosophy, Epson aims to be a progressive company, trusted throughout the world because of our commitment to environmental conservation.
The Road to Becoming a CFC-free
Company was Never Flat
The 1980's was a decade when ozone depletion by CFC was seen as a critical issue. Epson was the first company in the world to declare the challenge of becoming a CFC-free company.
Tsuyena Nakamura, President of Epson at that time, said "we simply cannot use something that damages the environment. Technology and information do not have a value on its own, the value is created by humanity. Creativity and imagination are what make technology and information useful".
Nakamura led the group-wide action to completely remove CFC. In 1992, Epson became a CFC-free company in Japan and in the rest of the world in the following year. Looking back, Nakamura said, "with no effective alternatives available, the CFC-free activities that we started through trial and error were truly a challenge to the possibilities. The U.S. Environmental Agency's 1992 Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award, which I received in Washington, D.C. on behalf of all the employees, will always be a memorable experience for me."
Epson began treating wastewater discharged from its site so as to avoid polluting nearby Lake Suwa. In the 1970s, Epson stepped up its pollution control efforts and established tough new internal environmental standards with stricter water quality limits than required by legislation.
Energy Saving Programs
Since 1980 Epson has carried out programs to save energy by setting energy reduction targets, conducting site energy patrols, installing energy-efficient equipment, and much more.
Epson became the world's first company to announce that it would completely phase out the use of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in its global operations.
In 1993, commemorated as the company's "First Year of the Environment", we became CFC-free worldwide.
CFC-Elimination Program Recognition
Epson received the first of six consecutive Stratospheric Ozone Protection Awards (both Corporate and Individual Awards) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in recognition of the company's CFC-elimination program and individual accomplishments therein.
The Second Environmental Benchmark Year
In 1998, a decade after the launch of the CFC elimination program and the year that Epson uses as its second environmental benchmark year, Epson established a general environmental action plan for addressing a range of environmental problems and formed six expert committees.
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.
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.
Recycling Paper in the Office
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*1.
*1. A small amount of water is used to maintain a certain level of humidity inside the system.
Epson 25 Renewed, revision of Environmental Vision 2050
Epson announced its long-term vision with the statement of achieving sustainability and enriching communities. Epson also revised its Environmental Vision 2050 and set specific environmental goals for 2050, including carbon negative and zero consumption of underground resources*2.
*2. Non-renewable resources such as oil and metals.