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