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Canon releases Sustainability Report
The company exceeded 2017 goal for lifecycle CO2 emissions improvement.
Highlighting the company’s focus on embracing sustainable practices throughout its business processes, Canon Inc., has released its annual Sustainability Report.
For 2017, Canon exceeded its goal of a three percent lifecycle CO2 emissions improvement index per product over 2016 results through efforts to make products more compact, lightweight, and energy efficient, as well as through improved efficiencies during manufacturing and transportation.
Toner Cartridge Recycling
Among Canon’s various environmental sustainability initiatives is the Toner Cartridge Recycling Program, which has been in place for more than 25 years, and uses a process of sifting and melting to turn waste toner cartridges into pellets that can be used to make recycled products.
Collection of toner cartridges is now conducted in 23 countries and regions for recycling at four sites in the United States, Japan, France, and China, with a cumulative collection volume of about 394,000 tons since the program began, as of the end of 2017.
Canon also strives to make its products smaller and lighter to help reduce the consumption of resources in the form of raw materials. For example, when the TS8100 series inkjet printer was redesigned last year it introduced a 31% smaller footprint than the model it replaced.
Additionally, the imagePROGRAF PRO-6000S large-format inkjet printer is just under 12-inches narrower than previously released imagePROGRAF models, requiring fewer materials to be used in the manufacturing of these models.
Product Development and Lifecycle
Canon actively strives to reduce the environmental impact that its activities have throughout the product lifecycle.
As an example, the Sustainability Report highlights the environmental achievements of the imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5500 II Series of office multifunction devices, which were developed with the goal of reducing energy costs and CO2 emissions as compared with previous imageRUNNER ADVANCE models.
This C5500 II Series reduces CO2 emissions compared to previous models by incorporating on-demand fixing, induction heating fixing, and the latest technological advances in low-melt-point toner to reduce the amount of electricity needed during operation.
With the imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5550F II, Canon achieved a reduction in CO2 emissions during use of approximately 47% and a reduction in lifecycle CO2 emissions of approximately 23% compared to previous comparable models, based on such measures as lowering the typical energy consumption (TEC) rating.
To view the Sustainability Report in full, please visit www.canon.com/csr/report/.