TOKYO, February 22, 2018—Canon Inc. and Canon Ecology Industry Inc. announced today the opening of the Canon Eco Technology Park as a focal point of the environmental activities of the Canon Group—which achieves a high level of resource efficiency—in Bando City, Ibaraki Prefecture, approximately 85 km north of Tokyo.
Canon Eco Technology Park
The Canon Eco Technology Park, which strives to reduce waste and make effective use of limited resources, comprises a showroom and a cutting-edge plant pursuing further resource efficiency through re-use and recycling. The facility aims to maximize resource efficiency through such initiatives to enable the repeated re-use of used products as the Canon Automated Recycling System for Toner Cartridges* (CARS-T), the Canon Automated Recycling System for Ink Cartridges* (CARS-I) and the remanufacturing† of multifunction office devices.
The work environment inside the plant has been developed under the concept "clean and silent," taking employees' ease-of-work into consideration. What's more, with such features as an air conditioning system that makes use of a double-skin construction‡, which blocks heat in the summer and retains heat in the winter, the plant building has been designed to save energy and take into account the building's impact on the environment and has obtained an A rank in the Comprehensive Assessment System for Built Environment Efficiency§ (CASBEE).
Additionally, as the focal point of the Canon Group's environmental activities where the Group's environmental technologies are concentrated, the Canon Eco Technology Park has established a plant field trip course so the facility can be used as a place where such groups as elementary and middle school students can learn about the environment.
Through technological innovation and improved management efficiency, Canon aims to realize its "Action for Green" environmental vision: a society that promotes both enriched lifestyles and the global environment. Canon strives to reduce the environmental burden throughout the entire product lifecycle—Produce, Use, Recycle. Under this vision, Canon set a goal of a 3% improvement per year in the lifecycle CO2 emissions improvement index per product, and in 2016, lifecycle CO2 emissions per product were approximately 34% of those in 2008—successfully achieving an average reduction of approximately 5% a year. Canon will continue to support a future that promotes both enriched lifestyles and the global environment through technological innovation.