When Canon Australia moved its headquarters in April 2014, we aimed for a Green Star Rating for the office interior. The Green Star program, which is run by the Green Building Council of Australia, provides independent verification of the environmental performance of the fit-out in the areas of “Energy”, “Indoor Environment Quality”, “Management”, “Transportation”, “Water” and “Materials”. The green star scores run from 1 to 6 Star. Canon Australia achieved 5 Star Green Star (Australian excellence).
Canon Australia formed groups of employees when the project started. The Living Green group advised on areas such as energy efficiency and waste management to obtain 5 Star Green Star. The environment committee organizes topical environmental talks, community planting, clean-up days and bike rides. As a result, office CO2 emissions per unit floor area were reduced by about 50%. Thanks to the bike storage racks and showers, many employees commute by bike.
To earn 5 Star Green Star, Canon Australia introduced energy efficient equipment and environmental friendly interior materials. We also noticed unexpected changes among employees: their attitudes changed through the working groups and environment committee. The employees actively engaged in environmental activities such as the Recycling Center, where employees bring items from home that they no longer need and exchange them, and the Cycling Group, which promotes commuting by bike. Moreover we realized the office showroom that we invite our customers to our office and show our environmental solutions such as the Document Management System.