Koichi Kubota of Seiko Epson Corp.Business Features

Epson affirms support for sustainable innovation in the workplace

Electronics and technology company Epson affirms its commitment to achieving sustainability goals through innovations in its printer business.

Printing has always been one of the key components of office space. A study conducted by Epson revealed that 10% of office consumption can be traced back to printers, which is why the company is pioneering the shift to responsible and sustainable printing in the workplace.

“Sustainability has and will always be part of Epson’s DNA,” said Koichi Kubota, representative director and senior managing executive officer of Seiko Epson Corp. “Guided by our global aspirations, we have put sustainability at the core of our business.”

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Epson has updated its Environmental Vision 2050, a statement of its environmental goals up to the year 2050 that identifies three key actions the company will be taking to address major societal issues such as decarbonization and resource recycling. 

Other major environmental initiatives that Epson has committed to include:

  • transitioning to 100% renewable electricity in all Epson manufacturing sites worldwide by 2023
  • closing the resource loop by reducing product size and weight
  • using recycled materials, extending service lives, and driving a shift from wasteful analog to energy-saving, low-waste digital inkjet technologies
  • developing environmental technologies such as creating naturally derived plastic-free materials, new applications for its dry fiber technology, and metal recycling technologies
  • converting all new office printers in its portfolio to inkjet printers and discontinuing the sales of its current laser printers globally by 2026.

Through these efforts, Epson puts into action its beliefs that energy-saving solutions, space-saving innovation, and ultra-high precision help protect the natural environment and enrich communities. 

“We will achieve sustainability in a circular economy and advance the frontiers of industry through creative, open innovation,” said Kubota. “We constantly pay close attention to societal issues and dedicate ourselves to addressing them, which stems from our philosophy of efficient, compact, and precise innovation.”