How Sharp Document Solutions has Reduced its Environmental Impact
Sharp’s Document Solutions have long been at the cutting-edge of design and innovation. As a company, we have also taken great strides in reducing energy consumption of the imaging devices we create.
One of the ways we do this is through our membership of EuroVAPrint, a self-regulatory initiative that aims to reduce the environmental footprint of imaging equipment – both by design and by helping customers make informed choices during purchase and usage of the equipment.
In recent times, Sharp and our EuroVAPrint partners have achieved remarkable results in energy saving across Europe, and between 2011-2014 the energy consumption of related products was cut by over 30 per cent.
The agreement, backed by the European Commission, obliges manufacturers to comply with a strict set of design and information requirements, related to energy consumption, recyclability, and use of compatible cartridges.
In terms of design, manufacturers must address the energy consumption of imaging devices, as well as offer machines and consumables built with easy-to-recycle plastic and other materials.
Manufacturers have also agreed to help encourage the use of automatic duplex, or double-sided printing, as well as printing several pages on one sheet – known as ‘N-up’ printing – to help end-users save even more paper.
The agreement also lays out a series of requirements for environmental information that needs to be made available to customers. The aim of which is to promote and secure energy efficiency both in the office and the home when using imaging equipment.
Sharp is in good company as part of EuroVAPrint, sitting alongside all the major imaging equipment companies operating in Europe, from the likes of Brother, Canon, and Epson Europe, to Dell HP Inc, Konica Minolta, Kyocera Document Solutions, Lexmark, OKI, Panasonic, Ricoh, Samsung, Toshiba and Xerox.
If you’d like to find out more about the Sharp and its involvement in with EuroVAPrint, you can download the special Industry Voluntary Agreement (2015, March) report for the full story.
In conclusion: By reducing energy consumption across its imaging equipment products, Sharp has once again demonstrated its ability to put its vision into practice.
European PR Manager