World Environment Day came with an aim to address the increasingly painstaking air pollution issue. World leaders in both public and private sectors are challenging themselves to find a better solution to this mega problem globally.

Governments around the region have recognised the challenge, and over the years ASEAN member states have taken action to address climate change through various environmental, economic and social activities.

Malaysia is one of the countries making important progress – the country has achieved about 33% reduction of carbon emission intensity per unit of GDP by considering the LULUCF (land use, land-use change and forestry) approach in terms of both emissions and removals. Major mitigation actions include implementing renewable energy and energy efficiency efforts, green technologies, sustainable forest management and sustainable waste management through recycling and effluent treatment.

Every component of the global economy can and must contribute to protecting our environment – not only governments, but private sectors enterprises too have a crucial role to play.

Epson, a leader in the field of document printing and production, made this commitment to protect the environment back in the 1990s. It is the company’s stated intention to achieve a 90 percent reduction on the CO2 emissions of its products by 2050.

Epson also has global collection and recycling systems in place, working with customers, communities, and others in the industry to collect and recycle end-of-life products in countries around the world.

As Epson’s inkjet printers do not use heat in the printing process, they consume far less power than laser printers. Epson’s inkjet printers consume up to 85% less energy than a similar-speed laser printer, which means that for a typical office that requires frequent printing, this can amount to distinct savings in their annual energy bills.

Inkjet printers also produce up to 85% less carbon dioxide than those of comparable laser printers. This means that for every 6 cedar trees required to absorb the amount of carbon dioxide as a result of using a laser printer, an Epson inkjet printer requires only 1 cedar tree.

In terms of waste generation, Epson’s inkjet printers come with fewer components that need replacing, making them more convenient to operate as they require only changing of the ink and waste ink box as compared to the toner, drum, developer, fusers and more components for laser models. This is not a tiny detail as with up to 59% less replacement parts compared to laser printers, using inkjet printers would result in a significantly reduced impact on the environment over the lifetime of a printer.

In summary, inkjets printers are clearly more environmentally friendly than traditional printing. Choosing inkjet printers is a small move that will really make a difference – to the bottom line and to our environment. Quite apart from the question of moral responsibility, enterprises can in fact take actions that will, when aggregated, make a real difference.

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