Global Environmental Positioning Statement
In 2008, recognizing that unabated global warming threatens the very survival of mankind, Epson decided to rethink and reshape the future of our businesses and established "Environmental Vision 2050" to provide a shared goal for doing so.
"Environmental Vision 2050" defines the state to which we aspire, and not the steps we will take to get there. Further, the ideals of the vision cannot be realized by Epson alone. We believe the path to realization will become clear as we engage our stakeholders, our suppliers, business partners, customers, and people in the communities in which we operate in dialog and action. To enlist their cooperation, we must inform our stakeholders about the ways, both current and planned, in which we do and will exercise care for the environment as we conduct our business activities. Toward this end, we have summed up our staunch commitment to environmental action in the form of an Environmental Positioning Statement, the message of which we plan to convey through such opportunities as present themselves in the course of our business activities.
"Better Products for a Better Future"
Epson's Environmental Positioning Statement starts with "Better Products for a Better Future." This phrase expresses Epson's commitment to taking steady, sensible steps to create better (i.e., "eco-considerate") products.
Epson defines an "eco-considerate" product as one for which environmental impacts are considered from product conception to mission completion; that is, at every phase of the life cycle, from design and manufacturing to transport, usage and recycling.
- Design and Development
- Materials Procurement
- Manufacturing Processes
- Product Environmental Information
- Product Recycling
Opening a path to the future with a strong commitment to the environment
Since our founding in 1942, Epson has always aimed to integrate environmental considerations into our business activities. We have established tough internal environmental standards that exceed legal and regulatory requirements, and we have always set and worked to achieve ambitious environmental goals and objectives. Epson's "CFC-free declaration" of 1988 reflects our approach to environmental problems. In declaring Epson's intent to eliminate CFCs from its operations, top management firmly stated "We cannot continue to use substances now known to be bad for the environment. Reductions are not enough. We must seek their complete elimination. Businesses that cannot eliminate ozone-depleting substances will be subject to termination." With this declaration, they effectively staked the survival of the company on the success of achieving this goal, and the entire company responded by uniting in a drive to develop CFC-free technology for manufacturing processes. Ultimately, Epson became CFC-free in October 1992, a year and five months ahead of schedule. This successful experience lives on to this day in the way in which we set goals for our environmental actions. Epson's corporate culture continues to be defined by a willingness to accept difficult challenges, to eschew halfway measures, and to insist on attacking problems head on and accomplishing whatever needs to be done.
- Environmental philosophy
- Environmental history
At Epson, our definition of reliability encompasses more than just mechanical dependability. In line with our Quality Philosophy, we strive to earn customer trust by committing to sound practices throughout the whole process of "monozukuri" - the art and science of creating, designing, and manufacturing products. One way we do this is by preferentially procuring materials that leave the smallest environmental footprint, from suppliers who guarantee good environmental performance. Customers can use our products with confidence because of far-reaching efforts that extend upstream in the monozukuri process to guarantee product safety and environmental soundness. Among other things, these efforts include a requirement that suppliers provide Epson with written declarations stating that the materials they deliver to us do not contain banned substances, that banned materials are not used in their manufacturing processes, and that they build and maintain their own assurance systems to ensure compliance with product content restrictions.
Epson incorporates ease-of-recycling into its products starting from the development and design stage. We have established a recyclable percentage* target of 75%, and in 2007, 92.5% of products covered, including printers, scanners, and personal computers, achieved this target.
As a manufacturer, Epson is also actively building systems to enable the responsible collection and recycling of end-of-life products in the market. We strive to collect and recycle used products in ways that are both convenient for our customers and compliant with local laws and regulations around the globe.
*The ratio of parts by weight judged to be recyclable, calculated based on product design drawings.
- Product recycling
- Resource-saving best practices
Energy-efficient, innovative monozukuri
In addition to using energy-saving plant infrastructure and production machinery, Epson is using its unique MicroPiezo technology, the same technology used in Epson's ink jet printers, to innovate production processes themselves in order to reduce the amount of energy consumed during manufacturing.
MicroPiezo technology holds one of the keys to eco-considerate monozukuri of the future and, in fact, is already being used by other companies, as well as Epson.
Capitalizing on technologies that save energy, resources and space
Epson's rich history began years ago with watches, products that are designed and manufactured to be as small, light and thin as possible, yet must be crafted with extraordinary precision if they are to accurately keep time. Over the decades, Epson has refined its technology in order to integrate a large number of parts into the confines of these small, lightweight, thin mechanical devices. This approach is now being used for more than just watches. It's being applied to all Epson's products, from printers and projectors to electronic devices.
- Milestone products
- Epson technology
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