In a move championed by its newly-appointed European president, Yoshiro Nagafusa, Epson has announced its intention of becoming carbon-negative and underground resource-free by 2050. The company has also confirmed that it will be reduce its carbon emissions in line with the 1.5°C scenario and will join the RE100, a global collective of businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity.

Mr Nagafusa, who was appointed president of Epson Europe on 1 April this year, commented on the commitments, ‘At Epson, we aspire to operate and develop technologies in ways that can help to support society with the evolving issues it faces, and there are few more important matters than climate change. I am particularly proud to take on this leadership role for Epson Europe as we enter a new phase for the company. I look forward to leading our European operations as we work to reduce the impact Epson products and services and supply chains have on the environment.’

All of this ties in nicely with Epson 25 Renewed, a new corporate vision designed to drive the company towards its goals of ‘achieving sustainability and enriching communities.’ The Environmental Vision 2050 reinforces these goals, as the company seeks to become carbon negative and underground resource free through a programme of decarbonisation, closing resource loops, customer environmental impact mitigation and the development of innovative environmental technologies.

Daniel Quelch, sustainability manager at Epson UK, added, ‘The new Environmental Vision 2050 and our new membership of the RE100 are landmark moments for our company. This renewed vision is a testament to where we as a company have come so far, and where we still want to go by establishing ambitious and measurable goals. I am inspired by the commitment of Epson employees across Europe to delivering on this vision, and I have absolute confidence in our ability to achieve it together.’