We, Eizo Corporation, are aware that our products have an impact on the environment. In our product development work we therefore consider friendliness to the environment to be part and parcel of product quality. We endeavor to supply our customers worldwide with products developed to common specifications that meet or exceed the environmental requirements of individual countries as well as our own environmental standards. We are conscious of the importance of environmental preservation as a common issue for all humankind and pledge to do our utmost to protect the environment in all aspects of our corporate operations.
For Eizo Nordic AB this means ownership and responsibilities of:
◆ Offering a secure and safe working environment
◆ Motivating employees to responsible environmental activities
◆ Aiming for the usage of transportations with a minimum of environmental strain
◆ Minimizing our environmental stress in the office through
- minimizing the usage of energy and material
- putting up relevant environmental demands when purchasing goods and services
- handling our waste in the best possible environmental manner
◆ Following the environmental laws and other environmental demands involved in our business operational activities and working for a positive development within this arena
◆ All the time aiming for improving the environment
Compliance with Environmental Labeling Standards and Legal Requirements
In our effort to proactively develop environmentally sound products, we observe the legal requirements of Japan and other countries and comply with major environmental labeling standards in each market for our flagship products. Furthermore, as we ensure that our own products are in full compliance, we also play our role in guiding the entire industry by actively engaging in the development of standards, such as the internationally recognized TCO Display 5.0 and ENERGY STAR 5.0. We will continue to closely monitor trends in environmental labeling to reduce the environmental impact of product development.
Efforts to make our products more environmentally friendly have proceeded largely in response to the evolution of environmental standards in Europe, starting with ensuring compliance with the TCO’95 standard introduced in Sweden. This standard has evolved into TCO Displays 6.0 following subsequent upgrades. EIZO has consistently participated in the formulation of TCO standards and scrutinizing the content of the standards to ensure progress in their effective application. EIZO became the first in the world to receive certification for TCO Display 5.0 in April 2009, which was revised in September 2012 into TCO Displays 6.0 and for which we were also the first to receive certification. In the years ahead we will continue to recognize the importance of meeting this standard in the development of new products and maintain our policy of obtaining certification.
◆ ENERGY STAR
The ENERGY STAR Program was launched by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1993 to help reduce the power consumption of computers and related devices. The International ENERGY STAR Program was adopted in Japan in 1995 on the basis of an agreement with the U.S. government. We have participated in this program from the very beginning, and since becoming the first registered monitor manufacturer, we have had virtually all subsequent products registered under the program. ENERGY STAR Ver. 5.0 went into effect in October 2009. While the new standard is even more stringent, our products have been in compliance since it went into effect. Ver.6.0 is scheduled to come into effect in 2013, and we will continue to actively seek compliance with these standards for the models we develop in the future.
EPEAT, developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and managed by the Green Electronics Council since 2006, is a tool for evaluating the environmental impact of computers and peripheral equipment. Products are comprehensively evaluated against 23 mandatory and 28 optional requirements to award them gold, silver or bronze ratings. Many of EIZO’s monitors have been certified as EPEAT Silver, and since 2009 we have been reinforcing our efforts to increase the number of our gold-rated products.
◆ RoHS Directive
The RoHS Directive bans the use of six substances that are harmful to the global environment or human heath: lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, PBB and PBDE. We began the switchover in 2005 and achieved complete compliance in all products bound for the EU by May 2006.
◆ WEEE Directive
The WEEE Directive went into effect in the EU in August 2005 toward reducing environmental impact through promotion of the three Rs of Reduce, Reuse, Recycling for used electrical and electronic equipment. We have responded by developing a system for recovery and recycling.
◆ PC Green Label
This environmental labeling program is administered in Japan by the PC3R Promotion Association. The program is based on three concepts: (1) environmentally sound design and manufacturing; (2) post-use recovery and recycling of products; (3) environmental information disclosure. EIZO has participated in revising the program as a committee member. We have also actively sought certification for our FlexScan and ColorEdge series and intend to maintain this policy.