In order to reduce CO2 emissions from product distribution, Canon has undertaken several initiatives: modal shifts that utilize delivery methods with a lower environmental impact, improving capacity-related efficiency by reducing the size of products and packaging, changing shipping routes to make them more direct from production sites, and shortening routes by consolidating logistics warehouses.
In addition to these initiatives, to further improve distribution efficiency, instead of the traditional one-way ocean freight containers, we have been actively pursuing Container Round Use, which includes not just containers within the Canon Group, but also cooperation with other companies, using containers imported by them for export by us. By working with shipping companies and carriers to expand the initiative in regions where it is needed, we achieved a reduction of about 2,200 containers in Japan.
We are now working to adopt this initiative at our overseas sites, and have already expanded it to China, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, and Malaysia.
We are also actively working to strengthen cooperation within the Canon Group.
Oita Canon Materials, which produces chemicals, and Oita Canon, which manufactures cameras and other products, previously transported their own parts and materials, but by operating trucks jointly, they are increasing shipping efficiency. For example, by having trucks arranged by Oita Canon Materials carry parts from Oita Canon’s suppliers, the number of trips decreased and CO2 emissions were reduced by 130 tons per year.
In 2016, CO2 emissions from logistics amounted to 292,000 tons, a decrease of 21,000 tons compared to 2015.