“As the penetration of wind and solar rises, we need to accelerate the development of a large, sophisticated market for energy management that delivers…the kind of demand side flexibility that is crucial in a low carbon, 21st century energy system," says the Energy Efficiency Council.
|The EEC's 10th annual conference (2018)|
Epson Australia has joined the Energy Efficiency Council (EEC), Australia’s peak body for energy efficiency, energy management and demand response which has over 90 members from business and government organisations.
| 'More work to be done':
Craig Heckenberg, GM Epson
The move is part of Epson’s commitment to sustainability and energy efficient technologies, which includes the integration of energy efficiencies into its PrecisionCore inkjet technology across its range of printers, in particular the WorkForce Enterprise series which uses up to 87% less power than comparable laser printers.
“The decision to partner with the Energy Efficiency Council was an easy one because both organisations share common values when it comes to energy efficiency,” said Epson Australia GM Craig Heckenberg. “Epson is playing an active role in helping Australian businesses reduce their energy consumption by delivering high quality products that require less energy to operate, without compromising on performance or cost.
“We see businesses every day taking practical steps to reduce their energy consumption but there is still more work to be done. Australian businesses are already switching to LED lighting and more carbon efficient air conditioning systems but another area that should also be considered is office equipment. Laser printers and copiers consume a high amount of energy when compared to a business inkjet printer such as Epson’s Workforce Enterprise. By simply switching your laser printer or copier to inkjet you can drive down energy costs even further, while continuing to make a positive contribution to the environment."
The EEC, a national organisation based in Melbourne that was formed in 2009, now represents ‘over 90 members from business and government,’ including ANZ, Schneider Electric, Siemens and Signify.
The council recently backed the Queensland Government in its commitment to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and transition to a low-carbon world.
“We need to ensure the next decade isn’t just about increasing the amount of renewables in the system – this is, in some ways, the easy bit,” said EEC CEO Luke Menzel. “As the penetration of wind and solar rises, we need to accelerate the development of a large, sophisticated market for energy management that delivers for businesses and consumers and facilitates the kind of demand side flexibility that is crucial in a low carbon, 21st century energy system.
“Epson’s commitment to sustainability and energy efficiency is clear, and we are delighted to welcome them as one of our most senior and passionate members,” Menzel said. “We look forward to working with the team to further our shared goal of making sensible, cost effective demand side solutions standard practice across the Australian economy.”
In 2002, Epson Australia became one of the first printer vendors in Australia to achieve certification to the International Standard ISO 14001 - Environmental Management System.
The company sets aggressive targets for reduction of CO2 gas emissions, and re-uses or recycles (diverts from landfill) at least 60% of all waste emanating from its head office site in North Ryde.
Epson Australia offers image capture and image output products for the commercial, industrial, consumer, business, photography and graphic arts markets, and is also a supplier of point-of-sale solutions.