Value Creation Story

Epson examined societal issues and identified materialities that it can impact. We will achieve sustainability and enrich communities by using our unique core technology to drive innovation that enables us to create and provide social, environmental, and economic value in the form of solutions to societal issues. This commitment is aligned with the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

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Achieving Sustainability and Enriching Communities

Achieving Sustainability in a Circular Economy

Epson is helping a sustainable circular economy gain traction in a variety of ways, including by using electricity, energy, water, and other resources efficiently, and by reducing the use of virgin underground resources.

Example1 Eco-Conscious Offices

  • 6. Clean Water and Sanitation
  • 7. Affordable and Clean Energy
  • 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
  • 15. Life on Land

Societal Issues & Needs

More and more offices are going paperless to reduce their costs and environmental impact, but there will still always be a need for printing. Many people prefer the readability of paper. What businesses need are printing solutions that are eco-conscious, save money, and increase productivity.

A solution that combines inkjet printers and an office papermaking system

A solution that combines inkjet printers and an office papermaking system

  • *1 Comparison of A4 sheet printing costs between an EW-M670FT high-capacity ink tank printer and an LP-M620F Epson laser printer (only available in Japan)
  • *2 Testing was commissioned by Epson and conducted by Keypoint Intelligence. Epson selected four competitor's models from worldwide top four best-selling vendor** in the 45-69 ppm color laser multi-function printer class. Epson WorkForce Enterprise WF-C20600 D4TW (only available in Japan) with 60 ppm. Devices were tested in default mode as per Keypoint Intelligence's proprietary standard energy consumption test methods. Calculations were based on a weekday workload of 2 x 4 hours printing + 16 hours in sleep/standby mode, and weekend energy use of 48 hours in sleep/standby mode. A total of 69 pages of workload test pattern using DOC, XLS, PPT, HTML, PDF files and Outlook email messages were printed six times in each four-hour printing period.
  • ** Source: IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker 2020Q2, Units Share by Company
  • *3 Print speed of a WF-C21000 high-speed linehead inkjet multifunction printer. A4, landscape, single-side printing. Print speeds are measured in accordance with ISO/IEC 24734. Actual print times will vary based on system configuration, software, and page complexity.
  • *4 Some water is used to maintain humidity inside the system.

Value
Proposition

  • Conserve forest and water resources through in-office paper recycling.
  • Raise productivity with faster print speeds while reducing power consumption and printing costs.
  • Maintain information security by defibrating paper

Example2 A Printing Solution That Saves Resources and Maintenance

  • 7. Affordable and Clean Energy
  • 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
  • 15. Life on Land

Societal Issues & Needs

With the problems of resource depletion and global warming becoming more evident, the world is demanding products and services that use limited resources efficiently.
Meanwhile, the decentralization of the workforce making lightening the burden for ink replacement and other maintenance more important.

  • *5 As a percentage of the total plastic by weight. The number (30%) was determined by calculating the weight of recycled plastic in each part based on the composition rate and then adding them up.
  • *6 Comparison of the EP-M553T high-capacity ink tank printer and EW-452A ink cartridge printer (printers which are only available in Japan).
    Comparison of CO2 emissions accompanying the raw materials, manufacture, transport, and disposal of consumables, including packaging materials, assuming 30,000 A4 color documents are printed over a period of 5 years. CO2 emissions were calculated based on Epson's evaluation conditions. Actual CO2 emissions will vary depending on customer printer use.
  • *7 Comparison of retail boxes for the EP-M553T and EP-M552T high-capacity ink tank printers

Value
Proposition

  • Reduce use of petroleum-based plastics and conserve resources.
  • Reduce resources for consumables and packaging.
  • Reduce amount of paper used for retail boxes.
  • Lighten the burden of ink replacement-related maintenance.

Advancing the Frontiers of Industry

Epson seeks to solve production issues and drive industrial progress forward.
Toward this end, we are providing new technology and production processes and are helping to advance the frontiers of industry, creating resiliency and enabling industry to flexibly adapt to a changing environment.

Example1 Reducing Environmental Impacts with New-Concept Parts Production Systems

  • 7. Affordable and Clean Energy
  • 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
  • 17. Partnerships for the Goals

Societal Issues & Needs

Most injection molded plastic parts, even small ones, are manufactured using large machines. Producing parts with large machines wastes plastic materials and consumes a large amount of electric power.
Manufacturing innovations are thus needed to create more compact production systems that reduce environmental impacts while ensuring economic feasibility.

Value
Proposition

  • Increase personal and space efficiency with an integrated production system for small parts.
  • Reduce environmental impacts by conserving energy and resources during parts production.
  • Produce high-precision parts and stabilize quality with automated inspection processes.
  • All-in-one molding process and direct connection to assembly processes for simplified production lines.

Example2 Supporting Distributed Printing with Epson Cloud Solution PORT

  • 7. Affordable and Clean Energy
  • 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Societal Issues & Needs

The commercial and industrial printing industries had already been moving toward distributed printing to meet rising demand for local products, but COVID-19 further accelerated this trend.
Demand is also on the rise for tools that enable printing firms that use large-format printers to efficiently manage production at multiple locations and reduce their reliance on skilled workers to perform maintenance.

Value
Proposition

  • See printer status and quickly respond to issues to maximize productivity.
  • Analyze daily printer operational status and error messages to improve production processes.
  • Increase uptime with remote monitoring and support to reduce reliance on skilled maintenance workers.

Improving the Quality of Life

Epson aims to provide products and services that give people lifestyle options and that make life better. We provide value by helping people live healthier and safer lives and by contributing to education that leads to personal growth.

Example1 Using Projectors and Virtual Classrooms to Level the Education Playing Field

  • 4. Quality Education
  • 7. Affordable and Clean Energy
  • 10. Reduced Inequalities
  • 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • 17. Partnerships for the Goals

Societal Issues & Needs

There are children in developing countries who are unable to attend school or have little opportunity to learn due to lack of basic infrastructure. Even in developed countries, there are learning environment issues, such as teacher shortages, a lack of teaching materials, and poorly equipped classrooms. These problems mean that not all children are provided equal education opportunities.

Value
Proposition

  • Increase learning effectiveness with large display sizes and electronic blackboard functionality.
  • Eliminate education quality disparities and shortages through collaboration with specialized services.
  • Solve teacher and materials shortage issues.

Example2 Monitoring Civil Infrastructure Safety with Vibration Sensors

  • 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • 13. Climate Action
  • 17. Partnerships for the Goals

Societal Issues & Needs

Much of Japan's civil infrastructure, including roads, bridges, and tunnels, was built during the post-war economic boom that began in the mid-1950s. This infrastructure is reaching functional obsolescence.
Inspecting and maintaining nation-wide infrastructure is a huge and often dangerous job. The infrastructure on which we depend must be preserved by managing it efficiently, effectively, and, most of all, safely.

Value
Proposition

  • Ensure the safety of transportation infrastructure and contribute to personal safety and reassurance.
  • Enable maintenance in more places with effective, efficient maintenance inspections.
  • Avoid dangerous work and realize a safe working environment.

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