Epson Europe has unveiled the second edition of its dedicated European Sustainability Report, ‘The Green Choice’, highlighting its ongoing commitment to environmental, societal and product sustainability alongside concrete sustainability achievements from 2018.
The report, a voluntary effort of the company towards a more sustainable future, tracks the progress of Epson Europe’s sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives to date in alignment with the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs). It also outlines Epson’s goals and ambitions for the future. The practical steps the company took in 2018 include schemes to reduce emissions, waste, energy and water use from the company’s offices as well as its supply chain.
Building on the success of previous projects launched by the company, such as its robotics and textile printing programmes with universities, local school collaborations and international sponsorships, Epson Europe has announced a new educational scheme to support over 10,000 students of all ages. Entitled the ‘New Horizons’ initiative, the scheme is being developed across the 2019 financial year (up until April 2020) to elevate the understanding of sustainability, drawing from the company’s expertise in sustainable technology, paper recycling, waste reduction and more.
Kazuyoshi Yamamoto, President of Epson Europe said, “initiatives like ‘New Horizons’ are just one piece of a global puzzle for Epson, recognising and acting on what we acknowledge as our responsibility as a global technology company. We must look beyond profit generation to long-term solutions, providing our customers and communities with products and services that not only meet their needs but exceed them.”
Some highlights from 2018 CSR activities include:
- All Epson European offices have taken steps to ensure that all single-use plastics will be removed from offices by 2020
- Increased renewable energy use to 55%, on target for the new goal of 100% by 2020
- Reduced CO2 emissions by employees by over 6%, and reduced scope 1 & 2 GHG emissions by almost 18% in warehouses, despite expanding in both employee base and warehouse footprint in Europe
Daniel Quelch, CSR and sustainability manager, Epson UK added, “sustainability is vital for the planet, but also for our business and our people. The process of non-financial reporting is very rewarding in evaluating where we are, where we still need to improve and how we can get there. We have and will continue to take this incredibly seriously.”
To find out more, download Epson Europe’s full 2018 Green Choice sustainability report here.