Océ, a Canon Group company, has once again achieved gains in all five of its strategic sustainability focal areas: energy, reuse, paper, product responsibility and employer of choice. The results are documented in the Océ Sustainability Report 2011 published today. Highlights include a substantial further reduction in company carbon footprint compared to 2010 and the launch of a uniquely clean new imaging technology.
- In addition to further reducing energy consumption of products, Océ reduced the total company carbon footprint by 13 percent compared to 2010.
- The company launched the Océ VarioPrint DP Line of production printers based on highly sustainable technologies that eliminate ozone emissions and greatly reduce energy usage.
- Océ once again placed in the Leading Group of companies in the Dutch Transparency Benchmark
- Océ reached its target on waste “going to landfill” one year ahead of schedule with less than two percent of total waste from production facilities now disposed in landfills
- Océ began sales of the first Cradle to Cradle paper developed in close cooperation with waste processing partner Van Gansewinkel
“Our customers demand a printing and document management supplier that contributes to their sustainability objectives. The Sustainability Report 2011 provides measurable evidence that Océ is a strong partner to help them achieve their goals,” said Anton Schaaf, Océ President & CEO.
Five sustainability focal areas
The Océ Sustainability Report 2011 describes Océ’s sustainability strategy based on its five focal areas. It presents the actions taken during the year to ensure the company meets current requirements of its stakeholders without compromising the needs of future generations. The report is part of the ongoing dialogue with stakeholders regarding the sustainability of key aspects of Océ’s operation.
The company’s inherent commitment to sustainable management practices and processes is clearly visible in product development and reuse, partnerships and specific achievements. As a Canon Group company, Océ has continued to work towards achieving more of the sustainability targets it had set itself whilst adding challenging targets to aim for. Based on the achievements in 2011, new sustainability targets have been set for 2012.
Reducing paper waste through misprints is an important part of Océ R&D activities. In 2011 Océ launched the first product integrating the Océ PRISMAsync workflow controller with Canon cutsheet production printers. This significantly reduces misprints due to incorrect paper usage or color settings.
The company began sales of the first recycled Cradle to Cradle paper in 2011, developed in close cooperation with waste processing partner Van Gansewinkel. The 100 percent recycled office paper is certified by the scientific Cradle to Cradle institute, EPEA. Océ also continued efforts to supply paper from sustainable, renewable sources. By the end of 2011, nine countries in which Océ operates were FSC/PEFC Chain-of-Custody certified.
New products launched in 2011 included the energy-efficient Océ VarioPrint DP Line. It's based on the new Océ DirectPress technology, a 100% digital technology that produces zero ozone, and on the new Océ HeatXchange technology. The Océ VarioPrint DP Line has the lowest TEC (Typical Energy Consumption) value in the mid-production market. In addition to reducing the energy consumption of its products, Océ also worked to further improve the energy efficiency of its own operations. Compared with 2010 the company carbon footprint decreased by 13 percent.