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Contributing to a Circular EconomyReduction of Waste and Aiming for Sustainable Water Resources

Reducing Waste

Canon is working hard to reduce the amount of waste it generates. Efforts include increasing recycling through sorting and collection and minimizing initial waste generation. In particular, we have sought to determine which factors most significantly affect waste generation for each division and each production process. Based on these findings, we have implemented a number of ongoing initiatives to curb waste generation.

Total Waste Generated

Total Waste Generated
  • * Sales outlets of marketing companies (worldwide) included in data count have been expanded starting in 2014.
  • * Performance of Canon Medical Systems Corporation included from 2017.

Total waste generation in 2017 amounted to 101,879 tons. The increase compared with 2016 was minimal despite the addition of Canon Medical Systems and business expansion. Waste generated per unit of sales fell to 2.45 t/100 million Yen, due to waste-reduction initiatives across sites.

Initiatives Related to In-House Waste Recycling and Outside Resource Recovery

Canon actively works to reduce the amount of waste originating from its operations and to reuse or recycle waste where possible, appropriately disposing of any waste that can be neither reused nor recycled in accordance with the law. Our various operational sites employ a range of in-house recycling schemes, including reprocessing waste plastic from injection molding or recycling it for other items.

Even in the case of waste that must be sent outside the company, we make sure it does not enter landfills*. Rather, we contract with companies that reprocess waste into materials. In 2017, contracted companies processed 98,999 tons of waste from Canon back into materials.

  • * Except for some general waste generated by business activities that is disposed of under government oversight

Aiming for Sustainable Water Resources

Water Risk in Regions Where Canon Production Sites Are Located

Canon assesses locations to confirm available water intake volume before establishing operational sites and facilities. We use the AQUEDUCT water-risk mapping tool provided by the World Resources Institute* for quantitative evaluation and reconfirmation of water risk in regions where production sites are located. The results of our evaluations show that no regions where Canon has production sites are considered to be extremely high risk.

  • * World Resources institutes: WRI is an independent institutes based in the United States that conducts policy research and provides technical assistance concerning environmental and development issues around the world.
Water Risk in Regions Where Canon Production Sites Are LocatedWater Risk in Regions Where Canon Production Sites Are Located
  • * Results using World Resources Institute (WRI) AQUEDUCT mapping tool
  • * Result of assessment “physical risk quantity” for region containing production site

Use of Water Resources

Use of Water Resources
  • * Sales outlet of marketing companies (worldwide) included in data count have been expanded starting in 2014. Data for Canon Medical Systems have also been added from 2017.

In 2017, although the addition of Canon Medical Systems to the Canon Group and business expansion led to higher water usage, increases were minimized by raising water-usage efficiency at sites. Total water usage was 9,706 TCM* and water usage per unit of sales fell to 0.24 TCM/100 million Yen.

  • * TCM = Thousand Cubic Meters

Reducing Water Usage

Canon collects water data by intake source (public water system, industrial water system, or groundwater) and manages water resources carefully so as not to exceed intake limits for the different regions in which it operates. We also set and manage targets for the volume of water used in production, and constantly strive to reduce water usage by improving production processes and raising water-usage efficiency at each operational site.

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Action for Green

We introduce various Canon's environmental activities at each site, including reducing waste and recycling water at operational sites