Our Environmental Strategy

Our Planet 

Carbon footprint reduction measures

We are continuously focused on taking measures to reduce energy consumption at our production sites, sales branches and research facilities. These measures include the use of LED lighting and motion sensor lighting, as well as the introduction of solar panels on warehouse roofs. We also seek to use renewable energy and reduce carbon emissions caused by transportation.

In 2021, the Head Office used the Japanese J-Credit Scheme to purchase credits that offset CO₂ emissions. Certified by the Japanese government, this system allows CO₂ emission reductions and absorption achieved through energy conservation, renewable energy production, and forest management to be traded as credits and used in a variety of ways.

Our carbon footprint

Our carbon footprint grew from 36.252 tons of CO₂ in 2020 to 37.748 tons of CO₂ in 2021. This is partly due to improved reporting of CO₂ emissions throughout the organization, resulting in more data on energy consumption and thus more reported CO₂ emissions. However, we also increased the number of manufacturing sites in Japan and the amount of electricity consumed.

Electricity consumption, mainly from production sites, was the major source of our CO₂ emissions in 2021. The second largest source of emissions was business travel. Despite COVID-19 related travel restrictions, we made more business trips in 2021 than in 2020, resulting in a slight increase in emissions. The results by region are as follows:

Most of the electricity needed for production is consumed in Japan. Our CO₂ emissions caused by fossil fuels are highest in Japan, followed by North America and Europe. We measure our carbon footprint on a monthly basis, including that of our subsidiaries, so we can evaluate and take effective actions to reduce our carbon footprint

Packaging material

We are working to reduce the amount of packaging material used during product transport by simplifying the packaging process and cutting down the number of units per system. The total amount of packaging material increased slightly in 2021 (4% more than the 3,046 tons in 2020) due to a rise in sales generally and a rise in sales of larger machines. We have steadily increased our packaging efficiency, while ensuring that products are delivered to our customers safe and sound following shipment and local transport. Setting an example for equipment being transported in Japan, we are utilizing dedicated shipping containers, eco-friendly packaging material (biodegradable fibers, etc.) and only FSC certified wood.

Caring about biodiversity

Canon Medical Systems Corporation is aware of the role that building grounds can play in supporting ecosystems and species. In Japan, great effort has been made to create a lush habitat in front of the head office. Canon Medical Systems China designated nesting areas around its facilities to support breeding bird species. Olea Medical installed several beehives on its premises to support local bee populations. Canon Medical Systems UK contributed to a mangrove restoration project in Kenya to support biodiversity and carbon offsetting efforts. In addition, Canon Medical Systems Canada introduced a mandatory online e-learning module on biodiversity in 2021 that increases awareness of the importance of biodiversity and encourages discussion on how to support biodiversity in daily work Caring about biodiversity.

Taking care of people means taking care of society.

Takeshi Fukasawa – Manager Ultrasound Department, Japan