Contributing to the Promotion of Both Enriched Lifestyles and the Global Environment
At Canon, we strive to reduce environmental burden at all stages of the product lifecycle in line with the goals of our Environmental Vision “Action for Green,” namely, providing “highly functional products” with “minimal environmental burden.”
Reducing CO2 Emissions throughout the Product Lifecycle
For more than two decades, since 1992, Canon has continued to research lifecycle assessment (LCA) methodologies that ascertain and assess the environmental impacts a product makes throughout its lifecycle. Initially, these assessments focused on the results of data for finished products, but in recent years we have been able to actually predict the outcome of assessments thanks to our LCA database and more advanced systems for implementing LCA during the product development stage. Leveraging these outcomes, we have constructed an LCA Development Management System that can manage the entire process in an integrated fashion, from target setting to actual product development and information disclosure, thus enabling us to develop even more environmentally conscious products.
The imageRUNNER ADVANCE reduces environmental impacts throughout its entire lifecycle
Canon is committed to creating and delivering truly environmentally conscious products to more customers around the world.
To accelerate the development of environmentally conscious products, Canon has constructed an LCA Development Management System that incorporates lifecycle assessment into the product development process.
Our products operations use this system during product development to analyze factors that lead to CO2 emissions for each LCA stage and to set reduction targets. The results are reflected in design target values for each function and are linked with the development plan for the elemental technologies integral to energy and resource savings, which in turn contributes to the reduction of CO2 emissions. For example, in the case of theimageRUNNER ADVANCE C9280 PRO multifunction device, elemental technologies for reducing energy consumption during product usage, such as low melting point toner and energy-efficient fixing technologies, are employed to achieve industry-leading energy efficiency. Moreover, the product's exterior casing employs thinner and longer-lasting materials, recycled materials, and bio-based plastics to reduce its overall use of resources. Thanks to these innovations, the imageRUNNER ADVANCE C9280 PRO achieved about a 47% reduction in lifecycle CO2 emissions compared to the previous model.
Canon also discloses the lifecycle CO2 emissions, or carbon footprint, for its products on its website so that more customers can select environmentally conscious products and make informed decisions about the products they purchase.
While further promoting this system in thefuture, Canon hopes to accelerate the development of products that contribute to the realization of a low-carbon society and a recycling-oriented society, and ensure that such products are used more widely in society.
Tomokazu Nakamura (left)
Office Imaging Products
Device Technology Development Center
Office Imaging Products Operations
Norihiro Mochizuki (right)
Environment Promotion Division
Global Environment Center
Canon Wins the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Prize at the Grand Prize for the Global Environment Awards
Canon's efforts to reduce CO2 emissions by utilizing LCA in the product development process were recognized with the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Prize at the 23rd Grand Prize for the Global Environment Awards held in Japan in February 2014.
The Grand Prize for the Global Environment Awards was started in 1992 by the Fujisankei Communications Group, with the special assistance of the WWF Japan, as a way of recognizing companies and organizations for their efforts to achieve industrial development in harmony with the global environment.
Canon was praised for continually supplying the market with low-impact products through the use of LCA.
Awards ceremony in Tokyo
Carbon Offsetting for Multifunction Devices
Canon's goal is to eliminate CO2 emissions attributed to the lifecycle of multifunction devices and help prevent global warming.
Business Solution Company
Canon Marketing Japan Inc.
The Donguri (acorn) mark given to environmentally conscious products certified as producing zero CO2 emissions by the Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
Canon has implemented a Carbon Footprint of Products (CFP) system, which visualizes the amount of CO2 emissions throughout the product lifecycle, for customers to use as one of their selection criteria when purchasing a product.
In 2014, Canon became the first company to implement the CFP Offset Program launched by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry for its multifunction devices. This program certifies that products have offset their CFP with an equivalent amount of credits earned from another GHG emission reductions project.
Our Refreshed series of six remanufactured multifunction devices, including the iR 3225F-R, received certification on this occasion. This program enables Canon to offset its CO2 emissions from product shipment, usage, disposal and even recycling, resulting in zero CO2 emissions* throughout the product lifecycle for the six certified models.
- *Does not include CO2 emissions attributed to paper usage.
Developing Printers that Incorporat Cutting-Edge Energy-Saving Technologies
We are pursuing contribution to society by reducing its environmental impacts with a laser printer that uses significantly less electricity.
Peripherals Development Center 2
Peripheral Products Operations
In recent years, more and more companies have been making concerted efforts to reduce environmental impacts in the workplace. To respond to these needs and to contribute to the reduction of environmental impacts in society as a whole, Canon is striving to reduce the amount of electricity its products use.
Canon has been able to significantly reduce the electricity usage of its LBP7100 series laser printer by improving network functions and other performance factors, and by combining its advanced environmental technologies, such as those that improve power-source conversion efficiency and reduce the energy usage of controllers. This has helped us achieve a TEC value* that is about 73% less than the previous model.
Our products contribute to more efficient and environmentally responsible business operations by curbing power consumption while at the same time achieving fast output speeds.
Canon stands committed to continually producing products that realize both high functionality and low environmental impact.
- *TEC value
An environmental indicator for the amount of power consumed by a printer in assumed conditions during a one-week period
Promoting Recycling Initiatives around the World
Canon is strengthening worldwide recycling systems to further minimize the use of resources.
The Canon logo is a registered trademark in more than 180 countries and regions, while its products are used in every corner of the earth. One of our greatest responsibilities is to collect and recycle these products after use, thus making full use of our limited resources.
Therefore, Canon has established recycling bases in Japan, the Americas, Europe and Asia in order to promote the recycling of its products globally. Today, Canon is continuing to refine this system, expand its throughput capacity, and increase the amount of recycled materials it uses.
Canon has been recycling toner cartridges for more than two decades, starting a collection program back in 1990.These recycling activities are made possible through close collaboration between development departments, technology departments, recycling hubs and production bases.
For example, Canon Virginia, Canon's recycling hub for the Americas, opened a new recycling plant for color toner cartridges in 2008 to complement its existing monochrome toner cartridge recycling efforts. This new plant made it possible to establish a system in which color cartridges can be recycled as materials.
Furthermore, in 2013, a new plant designed to improve the quality of recycled materials was opened.
Meanwhile, Canon Bretagne, Canon's recycling hub for Europe, opened a recycling plant for color toner cartridges in 2013 and expanded its capacity for recycling high-impact polystyrene (HIPS), a major type of plastic.
These system reinforcements will help us to reduce the amount of new materials we use and to continually examine technologies that can help further improve recycling efficiency.
Chemical Products Planning Center
Peripheral Products Operations
Canon Virginia's toner-cartridge recycling plant