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Use – Saving resources and saving money

Our customers save resources and money and reduce their environmental impact using our products, services and solutions. Innovations and improvements mean our products use less energy and less paper when customers use available functions. This saves resources and avoids carbon dioxide emissions – from multifunctional devices through to office calculators.

Under the European Union Voluntary Agreement on environmental performance of imaging equipment signed by Canon, we have firm commitments on energy and paper savings.

Energy saving

Resource saving

Carbon dioxide saving

Time saving

Energy saving

Almost 100% of Canon products in scope qualify for the Energy Star® scheme v1.1. This means their typical electricity consumption (TEC) is among the most efficient. For example, the TEC value for our imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5051i is one of the world’s best in its class at 3.01 kWh, over 70% less than existing models. We have received many “Outstanding Achievement” awards for energy efficiency from Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI). In fact, our devices performed so well in tests that our A3 line of multifunctional printers was given BLI’s first “Line of the Year” award for energy efficiency in 2012. Eight Canon models demonstrated energy consumption which was between 37% and 62% below their equivalent competitor models’ averages.

Under the European Union Voluntary Agreement signed by Canon, at least 90% of the print imaging devices we place on the European Union market have to qualify for Energy Star® v1.1.

A number of Canon products are also labelled under the voluntary Blue Angel scheme (Der Blaue Engel) that operates in Germany. This applies to standard device configurations. Your Canon national office can advise on your specific requirements.

Canon’s on-demand fixing technology (fixing the toner to the paper) also saves energy. Our imageRUNNER ADVANCE range uses a special fixing film and ceramic heater that heats instantly giving faster response from sleep mode, quick first prints and drastically reduced energy consumption – up to 80% less for some models, compared to conventional roller-fixing systems.

Our PIXMA models are 100% Energy Star® qualified demonstrating some of the lowest sleep mode values. In addition, three PIXMA models launched in 2012 feature an Auto Off Option which automatically switches the printer to off mode if left idle for a set time

In our calculator range, some run purely on solar power while others have an auto off setting to save battery power.

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Resource saving

Picture_orange banner_UseOur products, services and solutions help customers save resources in many ways. A Managed Print Service identifies savings customers can make around their print environment, while Canon Business Services goes beyond print and document management services to focus on the management of information and media and digital processes across multiple channels.

Paper: Product functions and software solutions help our customers manage their printing needs while saving resources.

  • Setting default duplex printing (double-sided) saves up to 50% of paper. Under the European Union Voluntary Agreement (EUVA) signed by Canon, default duplex printing has been set on all devices in scope with this function since 1 January 2012.

  • Printing two or more pages on each side of the paper (2 in 1, 4 in 1, N-up printing) saves even more paper. Under the EUVA, N-up printing is a standard feature.

  • Setting black and white as default avoids wasting ink.

  • Using secure printing (when the document owner is identified at the printer) stops discarded prints building up on the printer, including confidential documents, and improves information security.

  • Sharing documents digitally – not printing at all – saves even more paper. Find out about Canon’s document solutions.

  • Some Canon PIXMA devices have an eco setting which shows users how much paper, energy and CO² they save using correct output settings.

We follow a responsible paper procurement policy, including offering 100% recycled paper options, and are currently working towards FSC (Forest Stewardship Council®) and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) certification. Certified and recycled paper grades accounted for 73% of combined Océ and Canon paper sales in 2011.  All paper suppliers are assessed for compliance with the EU Timber Regulation

Ink: On PIXMA models, individual ink tanks mean less wasted ink as each tank can be replaced separately. Both PIXMA and some of our large format printers (LFP) use water-based inks. As these contain no solvents, they have a low environmental impact. The LFP ink tanks also have a sub-tank that ensures the ink cartridge is completely used before replacement and there is an economy mode for less colour critical prints, saving around 20% ink on average.

Three Océ ColorWave wide format printers use CrystalPoint technology, where waste from the TonerPearls™ is solid and can be disposed of in normal office waste. Find out more about our PIXMA models, our large format printers and our Océ ColorWave printers.

Toner: Our laser toner cartridges can be fully recycled, constantly re-using resources for maximum efficiency. Find out about our laser toner cartridge recycling programme, which operates in 18 European countries. In 2013, we launched a European inkjet cartridge collection programme in 15 countries.

Remanufacturing: Find out how Canon gives multifunction printers a second life by remanufacturing.

Find out about Canon’s obligations for end of life products.
See Canon’s definition of remanufacturing.

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Carbon dioxide saving

Printing more efficiently, using less energy and customising print options all mean fewer CO² emissions. In Austria, Canon has gone even further by offering carbon neutral printing to customers buying or leasing a new imageRUNNER ADVANCE device. The offer includes offsetting all CO² emissions from printing and servicing. Find out about Canon Austria’s carbon neutral printing.

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Time saving

Pre-delivery installation ensures all product configurations are thoroughly tested prior to delivery to the customer. This means shorter installation times and faster availability of the product for their business. Packaging waste is collected and, where possible, the plastic is recycled into new products. 

After installation, our e-maintenance service means customers get a faster fix as their device can be maintained remotely. This saves CO² from an engineer’s visit too.

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