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    Epson Europe has unveiled the second edition of its dedicated European Sustainability Report, ‘The Green Choice’.

    The report, a voluntary effort of the company, tracks the progress of its 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 previous projects, such as Epson Europe’s robotics and textile printing programmes with universities, local school collaborations and international sponsorships, the firm 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.

    “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,” said Kazuyoshi Yamamoto, President of Epson Europe. “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.”

    Moving forward, Epson has confirmed partnerships with:

    • The Royal Academy of Arts, UK: Continuation of a long-term partnership allowing around artistic students from varying backgrounds to have access to the latest technology to support their education.
    • Sustainability classes, Germany: In-school workshops to teach students about the importance of sustainability and the concept of energy efficiency.
    • EDU2030, Spain: Supporting a pilot project in Barcelona to introduce sustainable technology solutions and biodiversity conservation areas to a school of more than 400 students between the ages of three and 11. 

    “Epson has always sought to enhance efficiency in everything it does as a company – including improving its impact on society and the environment, from conception to mission completion,” said Henning Ohlsson, CSR Director Epson Europe. “Embedding the United Nations’ SDGs into this approach has only strengthened our resolve to demonstrate and expand the value that we bring as a company.”

    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 employee 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.

    You can download Epson Europe’s full 2018 Green Choice sustainability report here.

    Image by Dominique Knobben from Pixabay

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