Saturday, July 10, 2010

Canon pioneers green product lifecycle

In line with its efforts on environment sustainability, Canon developed a product lifecycle process that achieves highly functional imaging products while maintaining minimal impact on the environment.

Canon’s environmental efforts remain evident in its entire product lifecycle process, which encompasses production, utilization, and recycling.

Canon’s production process, which includes development and procurement of raw materials and parts, manufacturing, and delivery to customers, eliminates waste wherever it is found in the process.

Less CO2 emission

Innovations in raw materials include the development of a high-performance bio-based plastic which its manufacture produces 20 percent less CO2 compared to petroleum-based plastic.

Canon further reduces its CO2 footprints through simulation technology that reduces the number of prototypes during product development.

Its advocacy extends to logistics by promoting a modal shift toward maritime and railway transportation worldwide which emits lesser CO2.  Canon also reduces packaging material, thus increasing the number of packages that can be moved in a single shipment.

During actual use, Canon products reduce CO2 through technologies that minimize power consumption.

Lower energy use

Canon copiers and printers such as the iR ADVANCE, LASER SHOT, imageCLASS, and PIXMA are designed with On-Demand Fixing Technology and Color Induction Heating Fixing technology greatly minimizes energy loss. The sleep function in its printers can lower energy use to up to 90 percent.

The duplex function of Canon printers also reduces paper consumption.

Furthermore, Canon remains at the forefront in developing recycling technology. It has taken the lead worldwide in toner cartridge collecting and recycling. For 20 years, it collects toner cartridges in 23 countries with volume growing every year.

Canon users are assured of an environment-friendly process in every Canon product they use.

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