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/.

European Union Voluntary Agreement

Reducing hazardous substances

Developing renewable materials

Smaller products, lighter packaging

European production

European Union Voluntary Agreement

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. Under the VA, each of the 16 signatories undertook that at least 90% of all imaging equipment print models it places on the market would comply with the minimum efficiency requirements in terms of TEC (typical energy consumption) and OM (operational mode). 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.

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

Find out more about the EU Voluntary Agreement.

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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

To date, the majority of our products have been manufactured outside the EMEA region. Production in Europe has focused mainly on our laser toner cartridge recycling programme at Canon Bretagne and remanufacturing of multifunction devices at Canon Giessen. However, the recently acquired DelftDI and our associate company NT-ware in Germany both produce software and solutions in Europe. We have also announced our intention to acquire I.R.I.S. Group.

The acquisitions of Optopol and Océ brought further manufacturing to Europe. Wherever Canon or Océ-branded products are manufactured in Europe, the manufacturing sites report directly to our parent company, Canon Inc., as do all global manufacturing operations.

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