Featured manufacturer: Canon

Living and working together for the common good, or kyosei, has been the Canon corporate philosophy since 1988. Through technological innovation and improved efficiency, Canon is pursuing sustainability in all its corporate activities.

Canon's environmental vision and corresponding action plan focus on using fewer resources throughout the entire product cycle, including manufacture, use, and end-of-life recycling. Every year, progress towards corporate targets is systematically evaluated, and the results are incorporated into plans for future activities.

Between 2009 and 2010, Canon Australia and New Zealand reduced its CO2 emissions from gas, electricity and fuel consumption by an impressive 18%! But it hasn't stopped there - Canon is also committed to helping its customers reduce their emissions. One business product, the ImageRUNNER Advance C 5051, uses about half the energy of conventional models and the least amount in its class. Canon's consumer products tell a similar story, with Pixma 640 printers requiring 43% less energy than previous models in the series.

Some of Canon's other key environmental achievements to date include:

  • Using plant-derived plastics for touch pens, operational buttons and some exterior components of a number of Canon devices.
  • Introducing high durability cardboard packaging that can be reused up to 10 times, and a packaging collection and reuse program, for Canon products sold in Japan.
  • Incorporating recycled plastics into calculators, photocopiers and inkjet printers, and making use of 100% recycled materials for the internal parts of some machines.
  • Remanufacturing photocopiers by cleaning and replacing disassembled parts, to achieve component reuse rates of 91%.
  • Celebrating 20 years as an industry leader in toner cartridge collection and recycling, with accumulated reductions in use of new resources of 150,000 tonnes, and cuts to CO2 emissions of 370,000 tonnes in 23 countries worldwide.

Canon is also working towards sustainability on a local scale, and for the last five years has coordinated an environmental grants program in Australia. The grants provide Canon digital imaging products to help organizations of all sizes achieve the goals of their environmental initiatives. Each year the program is launched to coincide with World Environment Day, 5 June, so keep an eye out for them soon. To find out more about the grants program or to check out the winners from previous years, click here.

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