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Environmental Targets and Achievements

Canon aims to achieve net-zero CO2 emissions from its business activities by 2050. We will steadily reduce CO2 emissions by achieving the following targets.

Overall Target

Canon takes account of environmental impacts at each stage of the product lifecycle and works to reduce them. 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.

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 Targets of achieving an average 3% per year improvement in the index of lifecycle CO2 emissions per product unit.

We have broken down the overall target into product targets and operational site targets. We have established a product target of an average 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.

Review of the Overall Target

A 3% average yearly reduction in product lifecycle CO2 emissions, which is the overall target set in 2008, would, if sustained, mean a roughly 50% reduction from 2008 levels by the year 2030. We recognize this to be in line with the level of reduction called for by the Paris Agreement. We will continue to undertake target reviews as a way of checking our contribution to the realization of a low-carbon society.

Achievement Relative to the Overall Target

Lifecycle CO2 Emissions Improvement Index per Product

Lifecycle CO2 Emissions Improvement Index per Product

We achieved our target of improving lifecycle CO2 emissions per product by an average 3% per year, recording an average improvement of 4.6% (2008–2020). The COVID-19 pandemic meant that the rate of improvement was less than in the previous year, but the target was nevertheless met thanks to ongoing initiatives affecting the whole product lifecycle, including energy-saving measures at operational sites and in product design. The cumulative reduction since 2008 amounts to 41.3%.

Canon Group Lifecycle GHG Emissions in 2020 (CO2 Equivalent)

Canon Group Lifecycle GHG Emissions in 2020 (CO2 Equivalent)

Total product lifecycle CO2 emissions in 2020 were approximately 7.72 million tons. Although we achieved a continued overall reduction in product lifecycle emissions in 2020, increased demand for industrial equipment resulted in higher figures for Scope 3 (Category 11). As a result, the decrease compared to 2019 was held to approximately 150,000 t-CO2.

Achievement of Operational Site Targets

  • Energy consumption per basic unit at operational sites
    The Facilities Management Headquarters is the primary driver of energy-reduction activities. In 2020, energy consumption per basic unit improved by 10.0% over the previous year, exceeding the 1.2% improvement target.
  • Total waste generation per basic unit
    As a result of such initiatives as reducing waste at production sites and recycling waste generated internally at production sites, we met our target of a 1.0% improvement with a 7.0% reduction in total waste generation over 2019.
  • Water usage per basic unit in production
    Water usage per basic unit of production declined by 3.0% compared to 2019 on the strength of efforts to improve water management including more efficient water use and greater reuse of wastewater. This means that we successfully met our target of a 1.0% improvement.
  • Emissions of controlled chemical substances per basic unit
    We achieved a 1.7% improvement over 2019 in emissions of controlled chemical substances per basic unit, attaining our target of a 1.0% improvement, by reducing chemical substances used in manufacturing processes and reusing materials.

Environmental Targets and Achievements

2019–2021 Medium-Term Environmental Targets 2020 Achievements 2021–2023 Medium-Term Environmental Targets
Overall
(Lifecycle)
3%-per-year average improvement in lifecycle CO2 emissions improvement index per product Avg. improvement: 4.6% p.a. (2008–2020) 3%-per-year average improvement in lifecycle CO2 emissions improvement index per product
Products 3%-per-year average improvement in raw materials and use CO2 emissions improvement index per product Avg. improvement: 2.8% p.a. (2008–2020) 3%-per-year average improvement in raw materials and use CO2 emissions improvement index per product
2020 Environmental Targets 2020 Achievements 2021 Environmental Targets
Operational Sites Improve energy consumption per basic unit at operational sites* (excluding marketing sites) by 1.2% (compared to 2019) 10.0% improvement over 2019 Improve energy consumption per basic unit at operational sites* (excluding marketing sites) by 1.2% (compared to 2020)
Improve total waste generation per basic unit at operational sites* (excluding marketing sites) by 1% (compared to 2019) 7.0% improvement over 2019 Improve total waste generation per basic unit at operational sites* (excluding marketing sites) by 1% (compared to 2020)
Improve water usage per basic unit in production* by 1% (compared to 2019) 3.0% improvement over 2019 Improve water usage per basic unit in production* (excluding marketing sites) by 1% (compared to 2020)
Improve emissions of controlled chemical substances per basic unit at operational sites* (excluding marketing sites) by 1% (compared to 2019) 1.7% improvement over 2019 Improve emissions of controlled chemical substances per basic unit at operational sites* (excluding marketing sites) by 1% (compared to 2019)
  • The basic unit denominator is decided according to the characteristics of each operational site (production volume, effective floor area, workforce, etc.)