The EIZO Group is aware that one of our key responsibilities is to conduct business taking the environment into consideration. We strive to contribute to the sustainable development of our society by being conscious of the impact our business has on the environment. We will continue our concerted effort in the effective use of resources, climate change mitigation, environmental protection (including the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems), prevention of pollution, and reduction of other environmental risks.

Activities under the environmental management system

We have been operating the Environment and Energy Management System under our Energy and Environmental Basic Policy since obtaining ISO14001 certification in July 1998. We have also implemented measures for generating less waste and reducing resource and energy consumption. Moreover, we have achieved progress in other areas by operating the system, which sets targets that explicitly respond to the trend toward environmentally sound products and the growing public interest in eco-products.

EIZO has environmental protection initiatives in place that comply with the revised ISO 14001:2015 standards under the leadership and control of the director responsible for environmental management. These initiatives are linked with management policies and business strategies set by top management. The Corporate Safety Section of the General Affairs Department is responsible for promoting our corporate activities while also managing the energy consumption of our facilities and equipment, chemical substances and waste. The Certified Standards Section of the Technology Management Department is responsible for our products, gathering environmental information from around the world and promoting the development of environmentally sound products.

Our ISO 14001 certification was maintained and updated in fiscal 2018 after a third-party institution conducted an external audit. Internal audits and customer-led audits concerning chemical substance management have also been carried out in response to increased awareness of chemical substances in recent years.

Compliance with environmental standards

In our effort to proactively develop environmentally sound products, we observe the legal requirements of Japan and other countries and comply with major voluntary environmental standards in each market for our flagship products.

In Europe a number of regulations are being enforced, including the WEEE Directive (collection and recycling of discarded electrical and electronic equipment), the RoHS Directive (use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment), the REACH Regulation (registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemicals) and the ErP Directive (eco-designing for energy-related products). These regulations were developed in Europe; however, they have been playing an important role in encouraging other countries and regions to take similar steps. Our products comply with these regulations.

We also respond to environmental labelling standards such as TCO Certified Generation 8 (international comprehensive standards for monitors), EPEAT (international environmental standard for PCs/monitors), ENERGY STAR 7.1 (energy efficiency standard established in the United States) and PC Green Label (Japanese environmental standard for PCs/monitors). In addition, we are actively involved in the development of TCO, ENERGY STAR and PC Green Label.

Generating solar power at the EIZO global headquarters

EIZO's global headquarters are in Hakusan, Japan - an area abundant in nature. To the west is the Sea of Japan and to the east the picturesque Hakusan mountain range. To preserve the natural environment surrounding us, we are taking steps to reduce CO2 emmissions.

One way we are addressing this is by turning to renewable energy resources. We have 715 rooftop 180 kW solar panels on our factory which began operation in 2016. Nearby at ground level we have another 1014 250 kW solar panels. The annual output of  the solar panels is 373000 kWh. This represents a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to 239 tons/year.