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Contributing to a Low-Carbon Society

Developing Environmentally Conscious Products to Prevent Global Warming

The imageRUNNER ADVANCE C3300 series, realizing a significantly lower lifecycle CO2 footprintThe imageRUNNER ADVANCE C3300 series, realizing a significantly lower lifecycle CO2 footprint

Issues and Approach

The crisis of global warming, which causes extreme weather events and natural disasters, such as large-scale floods and typhoons, is being experienced worldwide. In light of this, an international climate deal, known as the Paris Agreement, which aims to hold the increase in global average temperature to well below 2℃ above pre-industrial levels was adopted at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Paris in 2015. This international agreement will see signatories establish and pursue national climate action plans as their part in preventing global warming.
Canon has established and is working to fulfill its Mid-Term Environmental Goals, which include lowering lifecycle CO2 emissions per product. These goals form a basic framework for Canon to understand and reduce its environmental impact throughout the product lifecycle, from raw materials and parts manufacturing to production, transport, use, and recycling. In particular, Canon is working to develop environmentally conscious products that emit less CO2 during use, as this is the stage in which, due to the nature of its products, emissions are proportionally high, as is customer demand for energy savings. At the same time, during the raw materials and parts manufacturing stage, which accounts for a large share of product lifecycle CO2, we are working to reduce the amount of materials used by designing products that are more compact, and to reduce energy consumption during resource extraction and processing.

Predictions based on Global Average Surface Temperature Change (relative to 1986-2005)

Predictions based on Global Average Surface Temperature Change (relative to 1986-2005)

  • Source: Prepared based on the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report Summary for Policymakers

Case Study

Environmental Frontrunner A3 Color Multifunction Devices (MFDs) Lifecycle CO2 Emissions Cut by Over 20%

Within Canon's diverse product lineup, customer demand for energy-saving performance is highest for office products, such as multifunction devices (MFDs). For this reason, Canon calculates CO2 emissions from the development and design stages in an effort to improve the environmental performance of MFDs and achieve its environmental goals.
Canon's imageRUNNER ADVANCE C3300 series of A3 color MFDs, launched in May 2015, employ on-demand fixing technology and other energy-saving features to lower their TEC value*1 to 1.2kWh*2, which is among the lowest in the same product category of the industry. Regular maintenance parts were also made more durable, and housing parts were designed to be thinner while still maintaining the necessary rigidity. Moreover, by reducing the number of screws and other parts, we have also lowered CO2 emissions associated with raw materials and parts manufacturing. These combined efforts helped to lower CO2 emissions throughout the lifecycle of the imageRUNNER ADVANCE C3300 series by approximately 23% compared to previous models.
With sights set firmly on achieving a low-carbon society, Canon will continue to develop products that are both highly functional and environmentally conscious.

  • *1TEC (Typical Electricity Consumption) value: An environmental indicator for the typical amount of electricity consumed by a product while in normal operation during a one-week period.
  • *2Model with continuous copying speed of 30 sheets/minute in both color and monochrome (A4 landscape). The TEC value of models with a speed of 20 sheets/minute is 0.8kWh.

Reduced CO2 Footprint of imageRUNNER ADVANCE C3330F

Reduced CO2 Footprint of imageRUNNER ADVANCE C3330F

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