“We are working hard to reduce our carbon footprint both in the factory and within our UK operation, however we need to do more!”

Mark Hitchman

The above is the commitment from our MD Mark Hitchman

Therefore we took the decision in 2014 to take part in Carbon Offsetting projects in East Africa. Canon Medical Systems UK are now offsetting the residual carbon foot print of our UK operation and every machine we sell and at the same time are making a real difference to people’s lives in East Africa.

Our achievements are not short lived

  • Canon Medical UK gained ISO14001 accreditation in 2008
  • Between 2007 and 2013 we have reduced the C02 emissions of the company car fleet by more than 32%
  • We have reduced energy usage of our Crawley Head Quarters by 54%
  • We have reduced paper usage of the organisation by 15% compared to 2007 usage
  • We have converted to LED lighting throughout, reducing energy usage from lighting by 80% and lighting maintenance/replacement by 200%
  • We are looking to achieve zero landfill in the next two years
  • We have been accredited PAS 2060 since Dec 2014. PAS 2060 is the standard  for carbon neutral business


The latest major initiative is that since April 2014 TMSUK ‘carbon offset’ every Canon Medical System supplied. Click here to read more about carbon offsetting.


And abroad:

  • Our Nasu factory is built in one of Japan’s national parks, as far back as 1971 waste water from manufacturing was treated on site and sent through the Kio pond in reception before release

Current activities

Canon Medical Systems is endeavouring to provide Earth-friendly, patient-friendly medical systems. This fits with our corporate ‘made for life’ goal and we promote activities to improve the environment. The company is now working towards its ‘Fourth Voluntary Environmental Plan’, having set out the ‘First Voluntary Environmental Plan’ as early as 1993.

Canon Medical System’s ‘Fourth Voluntary Environmental Plan’ sets out short-term and long-term environmental milestones. Key activities in achieving these include:

  • Expanding resource recovery by creating a cycle of ‘making, using, returning and reusing’
  • Reducing the use of hazardous substances
  • Developing products that are both Earth-friendly and patient friendly (see below)
  • Monitoring energy invested and discharged over the entire lifecycle of the product
  • Actively reducing waste in manufacturing sites
  • Making efforts to preserve water through extensive water quality control
  • Reduction of CO2 emissions and other exhaust gases