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Environmental Activities over Entire Product Lifecycle and Environmental Goals

Canon considers and works to reduce environmental impacts at each stage of the product lifecycle. This applies not just to our own development, production and marketing activities but also includes the production of raw materials and components by suppliers, the transport of products to retail outlets, and even customer use, disposal and recycling.

Environmental Activities over Entire Product Lifecycle

Environmental Activities Over Entire Product LifecycleEnvironmental Activities Over Entire Product Lifecycle

Environmental activities at each stage of the product lifecycle

  • Development and Design
    Eco friendly product development and design
    • Energy-saving design
    • Smaller and lighter products
    • Use of recycled materials
    • Elimination of hazardous substances
  • Procurement
    Eco friendly procurement (Green procurement)
    • Performance of suppliers
    • Performance of parts and materials
  • Manufacturing
    Eco friendly manufacturing
    • Most efficient equipment status setting
    • Use of renewable energy
    • Prevention of air, soil and groundwater pollution
    • Reducing and recycling waste
  • Logistics
    Efficient logistics
    • Modal shift
    • Direct shipment
    • Downsizing packaging
  • Sales
    Eco friendly sales offices
    • Energy-saving equipment
    • Most efficient light and air-conditioner status setting
  • Customer Use
    Eco friendly customer support
    • Carbon-offset program in Japan
  • Collection and Recycling
    Reuse and recycling, including reverse logistics and recycling sites
    • Remanufacturing of office multifunction devices
    • Recycling of consumables

Canon’s Overall Environmental Goals

Lifecycle CO2 Emissions Improvement Index per Product

Lifecycle CO2 Emissions Improvement Index per Product

To gauge our progress in reducing these impacts over the entire product lifecycle, we convert each type of environmental impact to CO2 equivalents. And using these as benchmarks, we set an overall goal for our Medium-Term Environmental Goals to achieve an average improvement of 3%-per-year in the lifecycle CO2 emissions improvement index per product.

In 2017, we recorded an average improvement of 5.2% (2008-2017) thanks to the ongoing efforts of our operational sites. As a result of continuing to pursue an improvement target, lifecycle CO2 emissions for Canon products in 2017 were on average about 35.9% less than the equivalent products in 2008.

We have broken down lifecycle CO2 emissions per product into product goals and operational site goals. We have established a product goal of 3% improvement per year in the raw materials and usage CO2 emissions improvement index per product, and operational sites have unit improvement targets covering energy consumption, total waste generation, water usage, and emission of controlled chemical substances. We continue to make improvements in order to better these metrics.

The individual environmental goals and achievements

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Canon's environmental philosophy(02'39")

A video introduces our environmental philosophy of “Produce, Use, Recycle” across all stages of the product lifecycle.

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