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Initiatives Involving Products

CO2 Reduction in Product Development

Energy-Saving Office Equipment

For its office multifunction devices (MFD) and laser printers, Canon uses energy-saving technologies, including on-demand fixing and induction heating (IH) fixing to reduce the amount of electricity needed during operation.

Furthermore, we continue to make technological advances aimed at expanding our lineup of energy-saving products. For example, we have begun employing low-melt-point toner in new products, enabling fixing at lower temperatures than traditional toner. In the imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5500 series of office multifunction devices (MFD), we reduced standby power consumption with a newly developed main controller and operating power consumption with a newly developed toner with optimized melt properties. Through such measures as lowering products’ typical energy consumption (TEC) rating, we achieved about 47% lower CO2 emissions during use than with the previous model, and about 23% lower lifecycle CO2 emissions (comparison of the imageRUNNER ADVANCE with the earlier model).

imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5500 series

imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5500 series

Reduction of CO2 emissions at product use stage

Reduction of CO2 emissions at product use stage

Thanks to energy-saving technologies used in office equipment, between 2008 and 2016 Canon products achieved a cumulative energy savings of 31,359GWh (equivalent to a reduction of 15,417,000 tons of CO2).

  • * TEC value: An environmental indicator for the typical amount of electricity consumed by a product while in normal operation during a one-week period

Energy-Saving Effects of Office Products

  • * Target products: Electrophotographic multifunction devices and laser printers (excluding production printers).
  • * Energy-saving effect using the average energy (electricity) consumed by products sold in 2007 as a baseline.
  • * Cumulative yearly effect assumes that products sold in each year are used for 5 years.
  • * CO2 emissions factors are calculated by using the weighted average of sales per region based on emission factors published by the Federation of Electric Power Companies and the International Energy Agency (outside Japan).

Supporting Reductions in Customers’ Environmental Impact (Using Carbon Offset System) (Initiatives in Japan)

Canon promotes initiatives that help customers reduce their CO2 emissions.

So that customers can select the products with the lowest CO2 emissions, we have worked to disclose relevant information and obtain carbon footprint (CFP) certification under the Japan Environmental Management Association for Industry’s CFP communication program.

In addition, by utilizing the Carbon Offset Program making use of CFP promoted by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, we have been able to realize products with practically zero lifecycle CO2 emissions. When using these products, customers can report to the authorities, based on the Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures, that they do not produce the CO2 emissions that would ordinarily be expected from use of the products.

We are working to expand our lineup of zero-emissions products. In 2016, we added the production-use imagePRESS series to the multifunction devices already on the list of products certified under the Carbon Offset Program*.

In the case of the imagePRESS C65, one unit serves to offset lifecycle CO2 emissions of 4,800kg-CO2. For this reason, the “adjusted emissions,” which subtract this amount from the 2,700kg CO2 per unit of emissions from use, can be reported to the authorities as a net zero.

It has also become possible to use carbon offsets with printed matter produced by production printers.

imagePRESS series

imagePRESS series

Response to Large-Scale Natural Disasters

Product Use (Disaster Monitoring with Network Camera)

Because Taiwan is plagued nearly every year by flooding caused by powerful typhoons and heavy rain, causing crop damage and posing a danger to people, a Hydrological Conditions Instant Video Surveillance System has been introduced. Surveillance cameras were installed along the southwestern coastal areas to monitor flood-warning levels and automatically sound alarms as the possibility of a flood increases.

AXIS 214 PTZ Network Cameras and AXIS Camera Station video management software are being used at 150 hydrological sites throughout Taiwan in order to monitor changes in water level with a 360° range, 24 hours a day.

Axis network camera

Axis network camera