Canon exceeds 2017 goal for lifecycle CO2 emissions’ improvement

Seymour Liebman.
Seymour Liebman.

Highlighting the company’s focus on embracing sustainable practices throughout its business processes, Canon U.S.A. has announced that its parent company, Canon Inc., has released its annual Sustainability Report. For 2017, Canon exceeded its goal of a 3% 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. “A central pillar of Canon’s decision-making process is the ongoing effort to continually reduce our environmental footprint as a company,” said Seymour Liebman, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of Canon U.S.A. “At Canon U.S.A., we do a great deal to carry on our parent company’s legacy and are proud to have had a hand in exceeding our energy-efficiency goals. Keeping our philosophy of Kyosei at top of mind, Canon U.S.A. will continue to challenge ourselves to be innovative in our practice of corporate social responsibility.” Among the 2017 highlights of the Sustainability Report are:

Product Development and Lifecycle. Canon actively strives to reduce the environmental impact that its activities have throughout the product lifecycle. Due to the company’s contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by manufacturing energy-efficient products, Canon was recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency this year with the 2018 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award for Sustained Excellence. This marks the third consecutive year that the EPA has recognized Canon for its efforts to promote energy conservation.

Toner Cartridge Recycling. Among Canon’s various environmental sustainability initiatives is its Toner Cartridge Recycling Program that 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 worldwide, with a cumulative collection volume of about 394,000 tons since the program began at the end of 2017.

Product Size. 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.

Corporate Social Responsibility. In addition to reducing its impact on the manufacturing front, Canon is also the sponsor of a variety of environmental conservation and corporate social responsibility activities. For example, in 2017, Canon celebrated 20 years supporting the non-profit Yellowstone Forever, which provides educational programs and helps contribute to scientific research and conservation efforts in the United States for America’s first national park. Among the initiatives that Canon sponsors in the park is the “Eyes on Yellowstone” program that promotes the observation of endangered wildlife species residing in Yellowstone National Park, through Canon imaging devices.

To view the Sustainability Report in full, please visit For more information on Canon U.S.A.’s environmental initiatives and corporate social responsibility programs, please visit


Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.