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Epson sets ambitious sustainability goals

Digital print technology giant Epson has set out plans for its sites around the world to meet their electricity needs from 100% renewable energy by the year 2023.

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Three quarters of Epson employees want more focus on environmental and social issues after Covid-19

The effort forms part of the company’s forward-looking sustainability plan, which reflects a business-wide approach to operations and activities.

A recent survey of more than 4,000 employees across 26 countries as part of the Epson Sustainable Working Environment Index 2021 found that 65% of workers believe climate change should be prioritised in the economic recovery following the pandemic.

Three quarters of employees wanted to see more focus on environmental and social issues, post-Covid-19.

Epson says this supports the idea behind its Environmental Vision 2050 statement, which included a commitment to becoming carbon negative and underground resource free by 2050. 

“We will achieve this by reducing the environmental impact of products and services,” Epson UK sustainability manager Daniel Quelch says.

“In supply chains we will deliver sustainability in a circular economy by advancing the frontiers of industry through creative, open innovation, and contributing to international environmental initiatives.

We are always looking for new ways to be indispensable to our customers who similarly share our commitment to a better environment

“These aims follow a number of exciting achievements we are very proud of, such as our EcoVadis Platinum rating for sustainability that places us in the top 1% of companies in our industry. It confirms we meet the highest standards for human rights, labour conditions, environment, ethics and sustainable procurement.”

Epson has already saved a potential 1.1 million tonnes of plastic-based consumables via the sale of over 50 million cartridge-free EcoTank printers, and also recycled 23,700 tonnes of material including batteries, paper, wood, plastic and waste electrical equipment.

“We are always looking for new ways to be indispensable to our customers who similarly share our commitment to a better environment,” Quelch says.

“We listen to them and work together to push the boundaries of what can be achieved. We collaborate and create products or sharing solutions that serve a real social purpose and exceed expectations.”

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