Epson has become the first company in the Japanese manufacturing industry among the ones that have joined the RE100 to convert to 100 percent renewable electricity for all its domestic sites. As a result, Epson will reduce its annual carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 250,000 tons.
Epson has established and is pursuing a new long-term environmental management policy called Environmental Vision 2050. To achieve the decarbonization goal set forth in the Paris Agreement, Epson has positioned renewable electricity use as a priority action in its 2025 Science Based Targets achievement scenario.
In March 2021, Epson announced that all global Epson Group sites would meet their entire energy needs with 100 percent renewable electricity by 2023. This will enable the Epson Group to eliminate the approximately 350,000 tons of carbon dioxide arising from its electricity production globally every year.
Additionally, in recognition of Epson's global sustainability initiatives, the company has been awarded a platinum rating for sustainability by France-based EcoVadis for the second year in a row. The platinum rating, which was established in 2020, indicates that Epson was ranked among the top 1 percent of companies in the industry. Epson had received a gold rating the previous three years. EcoVadis provides an independent, trusted, common platform for evaluating and rating more than 75,000 groups and companies in the world using sustainability assessment criteria that are based on the sustainability standards of thousands of external sources such as NGOs, labor unions, international organizations, local governments, and auditing organizations.
Fully focused on solving societal issues, Epson has identified four materialities including ‘achieving sustainability in a circular economy’ and ‘advancing the frontiers of industry’ and is committed to creating products and services that contribute to its goal of achieving sustainability and enriching communities. The company is leveraging its efficient, compact, and precision technologies to generate innovations in areas such as inkjet printing that minimize environmental impacts and increase productivity. Epson is dedicated to solving societal issues and to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.
As stated in Epson's Environmental Vision 2050, Epson seeks to become carbon negative and underground resource free. Accordingly, the company will invest approximately 100 billion yen (882.27 million USD) on decarbonization, closing the resource loop, and environmental technology development over the next 10 years out to 2030. Epson will concentrate most of its management resources on the development of products and services that help to reduce environmental impacts and that also contribute to reducing the environmental impacts of its customers.
By converting to renewable electricity earlier than scheduled, Epson will not only achieve its own environmental targets but will also help to encourage the spread of renewable electricity in society as a whole.