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Contributing to a Low-Carbon Society

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Canon is working toward the reduction of CO2 emissions throughout the product lifecycle.

Recent years have seen a global increase in natural disasters caused by extreme weather events thought to be the result of climate change. Cyclones, hurricanes, torrential rain, droughts, and heat waves are having a major impact on human life.
To tackle this issue, we are working to reduce CO2 emissions through all stages of the product lifecycle, including energy-efficient products design, initiatives at operational sites and production activities, and logistics.

Designing Energy-Efficient Products

Energy-efficient products supports to reduce CO2 emissions at customer use.

Canon is making efforts to design energy-efficient products, to reduce CO2 emissions at customer use.
For example, for its office multifunction devices (MFD) and laser printers, Canon uses energy-saving technologies, including on-demand fixing technology and induction heating (IH) fixing technology 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.

Energy/CO2-Saving Effects of Office Equipment (Cumulative)

Thanks to energy-saving technologies used in office equipment, Canon products achieved cumulative energy savings of 60,522 GWh between 2008 and 2021. This is expected to result in a CO2 reduction of 28,200,000 tons.

Energy/CO2-Saving Effects of Office Products
  • Covered products: Electrophotographic multifunction devices and laser printers for offices (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 (in Japan) and the International Energy Agency (outside Japan).

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CO2 Reduction through Initiatives at Operational Sites

At Canon plants and offices, we are steadily reducing power consumption.

Canon thoroughly tackled the reduction of CO2 emission during operation. Through the group-wide actions including painstaking energy management and regular checks of equipment status and operating settings, we pursue the improvement of energy efficiency.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions at Operational Sites

We continued to pursue efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at operational sites in 2021, driven by the activities of the Energy Cost Reduction Working Group and other initiatives. However, the rebound in production activities that were hard hit by COVID-19 in 2020 resulted in a year-on-year increase of approximately 4% to 990 kt-CO2. Still, this represents a decrease of about 5% over 2019 levels.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions at Operational Sites

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Use of Renewable Energy

We are currently working to expand the use of renewable energy, especially in Europe.

We are working to expand the use of renewable energy, especially in Europe and Asia, while taking regional renewable energy uptake status and economic efficiency into consideration. A new office of Canon Europe and Canon UK have obtained BREEAM* ‘Excellent’ ratings for their use of renewable energy. Meanwhile, marketing company Canon China, now uses 100% renewable energy for the electric power used at its offices. As a result of these initiatives adapted to local conditions, total worldwide renewable energy consumption by Canon Group companies was 86,784 MWh in 2021, an approximate 6% increase over 2020. Group companies in Europe sourced about 45% of total energy needs from electric power. Of this electric power, generation from renewable sources accounted for around 82%.

Canon aims to make use of the most of renewable energy as an effective energy source toward net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050.

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CO2 Reduction in Logistics

We use transport modes with a lower environmental impact and improve transport efficiency.

In order to reduce CO2 emissions from logistics process, Canon has undertaken several initiatives: modal shifts that utilize transport modes with a lower environmental impact, improving loading efficiency by downsizing of products and packaging, diversion or direct-shipment from production sites, and shortening routes by consolidating distribution centers.

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Initiatives to Large-Scale Natural Disasters

Canon products are helping to reduce disaster-related risks linked to extreme weather events on a global scale.

Mitigation measures to lower emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases are important in minimizing the effects of climate change as much as possible, but adaptation measures are also needed at the same time to prepare for any impacts that cannot be mitigated.

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