Produce – Designing sustainable products

Our overriding commitment to the environment is to create greater value from fewer resources. We design products with the environment in mind so, from the very beginning of the product creation process, we look at reducing product size, reducing new raw materials and incorporating recycled and renewable materials. These and other actions we take help counter climate change.

For example, our imageRUNNER ADVANCE range incorporates recycled plastic and bioplastic, and several of our calculators are manufactured using plastic recycled from Canon materials.

Canon invests more than 8% of sales in R&D worldwide annually. Using advanced technology, we avoid the need to create prototype products but are still able to evaluate and incorporate design improvements. We have developed a method to set CO2 reduction targets at the design stage, covering each part of a product’s lifecycle including production and use. For our imageRUNNER ADVANCE series this resulted in substantial energy savings in use and we have started to publish lifecycle carbon footprint for some products http://www.cfp-japan.jp/english/list/.

EuroVAprint

Reducing hazardous substances

Developing renewable materials

Smaller products, lighter packaging

European production

EuroVAprint

Canon signed a Voluntary Agreement (VA) on improving the environmental performance of imaging equipment in June 2011. This self-regulatory initiative is driven by the imaging equipment manufacturers and was endorsed by the European Commission in January 2013 as equivalent to binding regulation. The measure sets targets for reducing the carbon footprint of printing and copying in the EU. The VA addresses use aspects of ink, toner and paper, as well as their recycling.

During 2014, the 16 signatories to EuroVAprint discussed and agreed new targets for imaging equipment efficiency requirements. Effective 1 January 2015, 70% of TEC (typical energy consumption) and 90% of OM (operational mode) products placed on the market must qualify for EU ENERGY STAR® 2.0. It is intended that the targets will increase by two further increments from January 2016 and January 2017.

EuroVAprint includes concrete commitments on energy (Energy Star®); paper savings and options (duplex enabled by default); recycled paper; spare parts; and information on end-of-life options for consumables. Under the VA, manufacturers also give explicit guidance to users on using printing paper responsibly.

Under the revised VA, for new models placed on the EU market after 1 January 2015, signatories will make spare parts available (if these are offered) for a minimum of five years for laser products and three years for inkjet products after production ceases.

Find out more about EuroVAprint.

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Reducing hazardous substances

We design our products to meet or go beyond all relevant regulations, with any hazardous substances at or below the legal limits set out in the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive and the REACH Regulation. In some cases, we go beyond legal requirements by eliminating hazardous substances completely. For example, since 2005, Canon-branded medical products have met RoHS requirements, even though the RoHS Regulation has not applied to medical equipment until 2014. Find out more about our medical equipment products.

We also follow a green procurement programme, checking and monitoring the substances within the products we buy from suppliers. Find out more about our Green Procurement Programme.

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Developing renewable materials

We estimate this new plastic could reduce manufacturing-related CO2 emissions by 20% compared to conventional plastic. Our imagePRESS C7010VP and imagePRESS C6010 digital production printers incorporate bioplastic parts.

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Smaller products, lighter packaging

Picture_updated_orange banner_2013Reducing the size and weight of products, without affecting how they work, and strengthening the body reduces resources and means we need less or lighter packaging. We also reduce packaging where possible. Both these actions help improve load efficiency when shipping our products and save CO2. Read more about how we improve logistics.

For example, compared to the 2008 MP540, the PIXMA MG5500 series launched in 2013 is 22% lighter, 4% smaller and requires 12% less packaging.

Packaging on some inkjet cartridges has been reduced by around 50% by weight and many are packaged in cardboard, which is easily recycled by customers. Where inkjet cartridges are packaged in plastic blisters, the blisters are made of at least 70% recycled plastic.

Read more about out recycling activities.

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European production

Historically, production in Europe has focused mainly on our laser toner cartridge recycling programme at Canon Bretagne and production of Factory Produced New Models at Canon Giessen. Products sold in EMEA are manufactured in Asia, Canada, the Netherlands and Germany. All global manufacturing operations, including those of Océ and Optopol, report directly to Canon Inc.

Recent acquisitions based in Europe include DelftDI, NT-ware, Milestone and I.R.I.S. Group, all producing software and solutions. These acquisitions help us diversify and strengthen the services we can offer to our customers, driving future growth. For example, the acquisition of Milestone will significantly enhance our software capabilities in the network video surveillance area.

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