Environmental Responsibility

Epson thinks good quality products come from paying attention to the earth's environment and product safety. Therefore we have been trying to harmonize with the global environment.

We achieved CFC-free manufacturing for the first time in the world. After that, according to our original environment management system, we have been developing and manufacturing environmentally conscious products and fulfiled our social responsibility to use resources effectively and prevent environment pollution.

Environmental Policy

  1. Continuously improve our environmental management systems to increase the performance of our environmental initiatives.
  2. Set environmental goals and promote the following actions to preserve the environment and manage pollution:
    • (1)Create and provide earth-friendly products.
    • (2)Help prevent climate change and global warming (reduce Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions).
    • (3)Use energy and resources effectively, and control wastes and emissions.
    • (4)Limit or prohibit the use of potentially harmful substances in our processes and products.
    • (5)Disclose information about our environmental performance and contributions to the local and international communities.
  3. Observe environmental laws, regulations, protocols, and agreements with outside stakeholders.
  4. Announce this Environmental Policy to the public, and communicate it to all who work for these organizations.

Executive Management Team Responsible for Environmental Affairs

Environmental Activity System

Environment Management System [ISO14001 certification status]

Third party certification status

Epson semiconductor business has EMS certification by the third party concerning the following content.

EMS Environment Management System certification status
Type of certification ISO 14001: 2015, JIS Q 14001: 2015
Awarded to Fujimi plant/Suwa-minami plant/Tohoku Epson Corp.
Certified by Bureau Veritas Japan Co., Ltd. *
Date of certification April 3, 1999
Date of expiration May 19, 2020
ISO14001 certification ISO14001 certification (Fujimi plant/Tohoku Epson Corp.) PDF (3,337KB)
Type of certification ISO 14001: 2015
Awarded to Singapore Epson Industrial Pte. Ltd.
Certified by SGS
Date of certification January 12, 1999
Date of expiration December 7, 2020
ISO14001 certification ISO14001 certification (Singapore Epson Industrial Pte Ltd.) PDF (467KB)

* BVQI Japan Company Limited changed its name to Bureau Veritas Japan Co., Ltd., effective January 1, 2007.

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ISO14000 series
International Standard for Environment System
In 1996 International Organization for Standardization set ISO14000 as a global standard against global warming, ozone depletion and forest resources depletion.

Earth-friendly product information [Green purchasing, RoHS , Lead-free]

Banned chemical substance management system

We build the banned chemical substance management system based on green purchasing: purchasing materials that pay attention to the environment from vendors that pay attention to the environment.

Using materials that have 2 step approval


STEP1:Approving green vendor

We approve vendors who perform environmental activities and will continue to keep environmental commitment with us.

  • Are they environmental conscious?
  • Do they keep the commitment that they would not use banned chemical substances?
  • Do they control waste properly?

STEP2:Approve raw materials

We confirm the report of chemical substances in raw materials that green vendors supply to us. We would approve these materials after knowing they are not harmful.

  • What sort of chemical substances are there and how much do certain materials contain of them?
  • Would you report the analysis data for chemical substances in a material?
  • Can you replace materials if banned chemical substances are included?
  • Not using banned chemical substances
  • Recycling waste
  • Reducing emission of substances that impact global warming
  • Keeping on saving energy

* We ask our vendors to cooperate with this green purchasing activity.

Epson environment activity "Green purchase"

Product chemical content control flow

Chemical substance control status

Introducing chemical substances control is one of the major environmental activities that Epson has been working on. Epson has decided from the beginning not to include any banned chemical substances. PBBs and PBDEs, two out of the six substances targeted by the EU's RoHS Directive, are declared prohibited substances.

Response to the EU's RoHS Directive

In FY1999, Epson commenced an initiative seeking to completely eliminate lead solder, a substance that had been pointed to as a possible environmental pollutant. In addition, to respond to the EU's RoHS Directive, the Seiko Epson Group in August 2003 began initiatives to eliminate the six substances targeted in the directive (lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, PBBs (polybrominated biphenyls) and PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers) from all electric/electronic products it manufactured or sold; these efforts have since reached completion.

Non-use of ozone-depleting substances (ODSs)

Epson does not use ozone-depleting substances in its manufacturing processes. In 1988 Epson declared that it would eliminate chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), a goal that it reached company-wide in 1992. Furthermore, Epson had completely eliminated three chlorinated organic solvents (trichloroethylene, methylene chloride and tetrachloroethylene) by 1999.

*Epson does not use the ozone-depleting substances listed below in its manufacturing processes.

  1. Substances listed in Montreal Protocol Annexes A, B, E and C-II
    • (1) A Group I CFC-11, 12, 113, 114, 115
    • (2) A Group II Halon-1211, 1301, 2402
    • (3) B Group I CFC-13, 111, 112, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217
    • (4) B Group II Carbon tetrachloride
    • (5) B Group III 1,1,1-trichloroethane
    • (6) C Group II Halon substitutes (HBFCs)
    • (7) C Group III Chlorobromomethane
    • (8) E Group I Methyl bromide
  2. Substitute fluorocarbons (Montreal Protocol Annex C-I)
    HCFC-21, 22, 31, 121, 122, 123, 124, 131, 132, 133, 141, 141b, 142, 142b, 151, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 225ca, 225cb, 226, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 241, 242, 243, 244, 251, 252, 253, 261, 262, 271
Non-use of major chemical substances with environmental impact

Epson does not use any of the following chemical substances.

  • Asbestos
  • UV absorber 2-(2H-1,2,3-benzotriazole-2-YL)-4,6-di-tert-butylphenol
  • Tetrachloro phthalic anhydride, hexachlorobenzene (HCB) (118-74-1)
  • In all packaging: Four kinds of heavy metals (lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium), PVC
  • Dimethyl fumarate
Abolished PFOS (perfluorooctanesulfonic acid and its salt)

The PFOS (*1) was newly selected as the abolition/restriction target on the POPRC (Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (*3)) of POPs treaty (*2), and it was specified as the Class I Specified Chemical Substances by the Act on Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture, etc. (*4) in Japan (in April 2010).

Although the materials for semiconductor manufacturing applications are currently exempt from the regulations, we switched to using alternatives in our semiconductor manufacturing process at the end of September 2009 (our subcontractors manufacturing process at the end of June 2010), and have totally abolished the use of materials that contain the PFOS.

  • *1: PFOS: Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid and its salt
  • *2: POPs treaty: Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
  • *3: POPRC: Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee, a subordinate organ of the Conference of the Parties Convention on POPs treaty
  • *4: Act on Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture, etc.: The Japanese law concerning the regulation of examination and manufacturing of chemicals
Abolished PFOA (Perfluorooctanic acid)

The PFOA (*1) reduction is promoted based on the "2010/2015 PFOA Stewardship program (PFOA voluntary reduction program)" in the U.S.A. from 2006 onwards, and it was added to the EU REACH (*2) SVHC (*3) on June 2013. Restrictions by regulations are increasing. We switched to using alternatives in our semiconductor manufacturing process at the end of December 2013, and have totally abolished the use of materials that contain PFOA.

  • *1 PFOA: Perfluorooctanic acid
  • *2 EU REACH: REACH(Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) is a regulation of the European Union.
  • *3 SVHC: The Substance of Very High Concern material list of matches which European Chemical Agency (ECHA) publics.(Base on REACH regulation article 59.)