Climate Change

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

Canon seeks to consistently meet its environmental targets and, beyond that, is working toward net-zero CO2 emissions from its business activities by 2050. To that end, we quantify emissions during the whole product lifecycle—from the upstream supply of raw materials and parts through operational site activities and logistics to customer use—and use technology to reduce emissions at each stage.

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 66,858 GWh between 2008 and 2022. This is expected to result in a CO2 reduction of 30,780,000 tons.

Energy/CO<sub>2</sub>-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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Identification of Carbon Footprint

Calculation of Carbon Footprint

Canon has introduced lifecycle assessment (LCA) methodology to calculate CO2 emissions for the whole product lifecycle. Additionally, to enable customers to select products with lower CO2 emissions, we work to disclose relevant information based on our Carbon Footprint of Products (CFP) certification under the CFP Communication Program of the Sustainable Management Promotion Organization (SuMPO).

Additionally, by utilizing the Carbon Offset Program making use of CFP* promoted by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (Japan), we have been able to realize products with practically zero lifecycle CO2 emissions. With some of these products, such as the imageRUNNER ADVANCE series and imagePRESS production printers, customers can report to the authorities, based on the Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures (Japan), that they do not produce the CO2 emissions that would ordinarily be expected from use of the products.

Carbon offsets linked to customer demand from when we began using this system in 2014 until 2022 totaled 45,769 t-CO2.

  • Carbon offset program enables one’s GHG emissions that are difficult to reduce to be offset wholly or partially by cuts in emissions or amounts absorbed by other parties
    This offset does not represent an offset by Canon of lifecycle CO2

Carbon Offsets Linked to Customer Demand (Cumulative)

Carbon Offsets Linked to Customer Demand (Cumulative)

Reference: Products registered for EcoLeaf Environmental Labeling Program (Japanese website only)
Reference: Products certified under Carbon Offset Program making use of CFP (Japanese website only)

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

In 2022, greenhouse gas emissions at operational sites were reduced by approximately 4% year on year to 1,021,000 t-CO2. This result was achieved through on-site reduction initiatives including the setting up of the Energy Cost Reduction Working Group and comprehensive measures to boost efficiency in the production process.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions at Operational Sites

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Use of Renewable Energy

We are working to expand the use of renewable energy, especially in Europe and Asia

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.

We have installed solar generation panels at Canon Vietnam’s Thang Long Factory and at Canon Production Printing and Nagasaki Canon to make proactive use of renewable energy. We are also using renewable energy at the new office building of Canon Europe and Canon UK, earning an evaluation of ‘excellent’ under the BREEAM* environmental assessment standard. Additionally, the marketing company Canon China has introduced I-REC certification and switched to 100% renewable energy sources for its office electric power supply.

As a result of these initiatives adapted to local conditions, total worldwide renewable energy consumption by Canon Group companies was 99,096 MWh in 2022, an approximate 14% increase over 2021. Group companies in Europe sourced about 37% of total energy needs from electric power. Of this electric power, generation from renewable sources accounted for around 78%.

  • An environmental sustainability assessment method developed by Britain’s Building Research Institute that evaluates buildings under nine categories, including health and wellbeing, energy, and waste.

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CO2 Reduction in Logistics

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

We are working to reduce logistics-related CO2 emissions at all stages from production through to sales. As one way to lessen environmental impact in this area, we are seeking to achieve a modal shift by switching from road to rail transport. Another initiative targets improved loading efficiency by designing products and outer cartons to best fit the container size. We are also making an active effort "container round use". In addition to these measures, we were able to reduce transport-related CO2 emissions through the progress of shifting from air to sea, as the disruption in international logistics caused by the pandemic came to an end in the second half of 2022.

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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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