Eco Community

We are working to achieve new socially and economically sustainable practices through environmental community action centered on products and services.

Eco Education

Epson wants its employees to remain mindful of the environment while on the job. We feel it is important for them to consider how their conduct, both at work and at home, affects the environment and we want them to take the initiative in coming up with solutions. Toward that end, Epson provides environmental education and promotes correct understanding of ecological practices.
Epson also contributes to broader environmental preservation by sharing its knowledge and experience with outside organizations.

In-House Environmental Education

Our environmental education curriculum for employees consists of a general education program, a professional education program, and general awareness-building activities.
The general education program consists of a mandatory Basic Environmental Training course as a first step, followed by echelon-based training courses in which non-management employees, managers, and executives learn what action they need to take in their respective positions to address environmental issues. In the professional education program, employees select the courses they need in their particular area in order to acquire the skills and knowledge required for environmental action. We also build general environmental awareness among all personnel in a variety of ways, including through environmental messages from management to all employees and by implementing special actions during Environmental Sustainability Month and Energy Conservation Month.

FY2021 Environmental Education (Japan)

Training Participants
(Certification Recipients)1
Basic Environmental TrainingⅡ (2021 Edition) 17,490
ISO14001 environmental auditor training 117 (1,207)

1 This is the number of persons who took Basic Environmental Training II during the period it was offered (June 2021 to March 2022). ISO 14001 figures show the number of certified person as of the end of March 2022.

Development of local and social environmental human resources

Assistance for Glocal Human Resource Development

Nagano Senior High School, in Nagano Prefecture, has been designated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology to participate in a glocalization project to promote innovation in high school education in collaboration with local communities. The aim is to develop human resources who can recommend solutions to local issues from a global perspective.

In November 2021, first-year students who are doing research into local sources of renewable energy and into the question of what companies and individuals can do to address global environmental problems visited Seiko Epson as part of their fieldwork. Epson shared knowledge that we have accumulated in these areas through our own activities, provided real-life examples, and talked about the concept of co-creation and the adoption of locally generated renewable electricity for realizing our environmental vision.

Students were also shown products such as Epson’s PaperLab, which is a dry-process office papermaking system, and large format printers that are capable of printing on paper and a variety of other materials. In this way, the students learned more about the resource-related issues that Epson sees as important and about our products and services that help to reduce environmental impacts.

Environmental Lectures for University Students (Japan)

Seiko Epson provides lecturers and accepts student trainees when asked to by schools and communities in Japan.

In February 2020, we hosted practicum students of Shinshu University for a course called the Eco-Mind Program: Experience-Based Training for Environmental Competence. This practicum is designed to give students a chance to learn directly from real-world practitioners about issues and initiatives in the environmental field. The head of Seiko Epson's environmental affairs organization lectured on Epson's environmental stance and initiatives while providing specific examples. He took questions from the students and listened to their ideas.

After the lecture, the students were given a tour of Epson's Manufacturing Museum and a demonstration of how Epson's PaperLab dry process office papermaking system recycles and produces paper. They were also given a tour of Epson Mizube Corporation, an Epson subsidiary that sorts and processes used ink cartridges. They deepened their understanding about a variety of actions that we as a manufacturing company are taking to address social issues.

When addressing environmental concerns, it is important to take local action to solve global issues. That is why we seek to realize a sustainable society, starting from here in Shinshu, and will continue to engage the local community in a wide range of ways.

Environmental Education for middle school Students (China)

In October 2019, Tianjin Epson Co., Ltd. collaborated with the Tianjin Society for the Promotion of Ecological Ethics and Tianjin Nankai Ecology and Environment Bureau to educate 360 first-year middle school students about everyday garbage separation and recycling.

Our employees introduced them to the PaperLab A-8000, a dry process office papermaking system that recycles used paper into new paper. We also shared the know-how on garbage separation and recycling that Epson has accumulated over many years with the students to raise awareness about environmental preservation.

Related information

Eco Communication

Introduction of communications on environmental topics.

EcoPro 2019 (Japan)

EcoPro 2019, Japan's preeminent environmental exhibition, was held at Tokyo Big Sight from December 5-7, 2019. Now in its 21st year, this event was geared toward stakeholders with a high level of interest in the SDGs, ESG, and other social trends and issues.
Epson has exhibited every year at EcoPro since the first year, in 1999. This year the Epson booth promoted the concept of an eco-conscious office, featuring the environmental contributions of business inkjet printers that use the company's Heat-Free Technology to eject ink.

Eco-Conscious Office

Epson showcased a proposed recycling cycle that starts with paper and presented the activities of an Eco-Conscious Office Project that was launched in July 2019 at Epson's Shinjuku office along with the results from the first five months of the project. We highlighted our eco-conscious office concept by demonstrating paper recycling with a PaperLab office papermaking system and by printing with a high-speed line inkjet printer that delivers sharp, crisp text that won't bleed or smudge.

Presentation Stage

Four programs were conducted on each day of the EcoPro exhibition. One program, titled "Epson and the SDGs," featured employees who are leading Epson's environmental action and eco-conscious office initiatives discussing their work. Another program featured a sales demonstrator engaging visitors and communicating the eco-conscious office value proposition.

Corporate Corner

Epson believes it can accelerate the achievement of SDGs and change the world by using inkjet technology to minimize the consumption of materials. Our exhibits thus focused on solutions to social issues that leverage inkjet innovations, a goal of the Epson 25 Corporate Vision.
We presented the advantages of Epson's unique inkjet technology, our most advanced printheads, and examples of collaboration through sales of printheads to partners. We received a lot of positive feedback from visitors who are excited about the future possibilities.

ESG Finance Awards Japan (Minister of the Environment Award)

The ESG Finance Awards Japan recognize progressive, exemplary initiatives driven by investors, financial institutions, financial services providers, and companies that have made an impact by actively engaging in ESG financing or environmental and social enterprises with the goal of encouraging the spread and expansion of ESG financing. In the Environmentally Sustainable Company category, companies are evaluated on the quality of their information disclosures concerning things such as risks, business opportunities, and strategic opportunities related to environmental issues that could have a substantial impact on corporate value and on the effectiveness that the initiatives they have disclosed have had on corporate management.

Epson was selected this year as an “Environmentally Sustainable Company” for having produced disclosures that meet certain criteria. We were selected for the Minister of the Environment Award and won Silver in the Environmentally Sustainable Company category in recognition of having set ambitious environmental goals and for the actions we are taking to synchronize environmental issues with business sustainability. Epson is committed to achieving its environmental goals and to actively disclosing environmental information. (February 2022)

Reasons Epson was selected (as announced by the Ministry of the Environment)

Epson was recognized for having reduced its GHG emissions in line with the 1.5°C scenario over the past year and for having advanced toward its goals of becoming carbon negative and underground resource free by 2050. In addition, Epson has declared that it will spend on decarbonization and a closed resource loop and will reduce GHG emissions in the supply chain by more than 2 million tons by 2030. Epson also won high marks for its willingness to try to synchronize environmental issues with business sustainability. Going forward, we will keep an eye on concrete actions to establish and apply an effective PDCA cycle toward achieving these ambitious goals, and particularly on collaboration with business partners.

EcoPro Award (Japan)

Epson was awarded the Economy, Trade and Industry Minister's Prize, one of main prizes in the First EcoPro Awards, at a ceremony on the first day of EcoPro 2018.
Epson was singled out for the environmental performance of the PaperLab A-8000 dry process office papermaking system, for innovativeness in recycling office resources, and for the maintenance of information security through the secure destruction of confidential documents.
Epson aims to develop an office recycling ecosystem and a smart recycling business by advancing and leveraging its efficient, compact, and precision technologies to provide innovative products and services. (September 2018)

Screening Committee Chair comments

Epson developed an innovative and secure method for recycling high volumes of waste paper right inside the office. It has the potential to replace the existing paper recycling and distribution model with a greener model.
In addition, when people are directly involved in paper recycling, they see how much paper is used, and this could motivate them to recycle more resources.

Environmental Value Award at the 3rd Annual Nikkei SDGs Management Grand Prix

The Environmental Value Award is granted to companies that earn a high overall score for initiatives relating to climate change, resources, and biodiversity. Companies are evaluated on things such as policies regarding the analysis of risks and opportunities and environmental audits; greenhouse gas emissions, the scope of emissions measured, and actual GHG quantities; quantitative measurement and long-term targets for wastes, power consumption, and water resources; climate change adaptation measures and environmental solutions; and activities to protect ecosystems.
Seiko Epson won its first Environmental Value Award in recognition of its efforts to reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions and, increasingly important, those of its business partners, as well as for its support for the TCFD recommendations and disclosure of emissions information in securities reports, and its ambitious targets for introducing renewable electricity.
Epson will continue to strive to contribute to the world through its technologies, products and services in order to achieve a better, more sustainable world as envisioned by the SDGs. (November 2021)

Discussion with Other Companies (Japan)

The Kansai Productivity Center (KPC) is a non-profit organization that assists companies that have a large presence in the Kansai Region, a large area of Japan that includes cities such as Kyoto, Osaka, and Nara, with management innovation and human resources development. In December 2021, Epson responded to a request by the KPC to host a group of visitors taking a course in management strategy at the KPC’s Management School. The visitors, who were from four leading Kansai companies in various industries, were exploring the topic of management’s response to environmental problems, which they believe will be an important part of business administration in the future. They discussed a number of subjects with Seiko Epson executives, including the impact that decarbonization and carbon neutral initiatives will have on society and companies. Both sides benefited from the exchange of information.

In addition, we familiarized the visitors with Epson and some of its business activities by giving them a tour of Epson’s Monozukuri Museum and paper recycling center, where paper used internally is recycled using the PaperLab, a dry-process office papermaking system, and by showing them Epson Mizube, a special subsidiary that employs a large number of people with disabilities, providing them with reasonable accommodations and jobs that fit their abilities.

Community Dialog (Japan)

Seiko Epson and Epson Group companies in Japan organize events to exchange ideas with the local residents of the communities in which we operate for the purpose of cultivating a deeper understanding of our environmental initiatives and risk management system.

Environmental Communication Guidelines

Epson's Global Environmental Communication Guidelines, established in 2008, provides rules for environment-related communications. The guidelines are used throughout the Epson Group to help ensure that the information we release about our environmental programs and environmental performance is correct and easy to understand.

Eco Technology

Introduction of corporate citizenship programs that leverage Epson's technologies.

Loggerhead Sea Turtle Protection Project

Epson has been working with Kamogawa Sea World and the Japanese government since June 2010 in a project to help protect and preserve endangered loggerhead sea turtles. The project is part of the company's ongoing desire to preserve biodiversity and to test its sensing technology in the field.

Hatchlings headed for the ocean

Release of a Simple Tool for Measuring PFCs

Perfluorocarbons and some other gases used in semiconductor and LCD fabrication have extremely high global warming potential–a level that is about 10,000 times greater than that of CO2. But measuring PFC gases was difficult until 2000, when Epson independently developed a simple method for measuring PFCs1 that enables easy and accurate measurement using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). This method enabled Epson to sharply reduce PFC gas.

Epson patented the simple method for measuring PFCs but grants a free license, subject to certain conditions, to others. This method is now being used by numerous enterprises to reduce PFC gas.

1 Formerly called the "Epson Method"

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