Environmental Activities

Tamron has obtained ISO14001 since 2001, and we strive to minimize our environmental loads.

We have been doing energy saving, waste reducing, and green purchasing. Besides, we promotes environmental management including green procurement for reducing impact to environment and humans, and DfE (Design for Environment).

We adapt same integrated management system (ISO 9001 and 14001) at Omiya head office and Aomori factories in near future.

Furthermore, we achieve proactively the targets of zero emissions of industrial waste and reduction of greenhouse gas.

CSR Reports 2017 P16

Promoting Zero Emissions

Tamron is working diligently to reduce waste and recycle more in order to reach its zero emissions target. Tamron's definition of zero emissions is recycling more than 98% of the industrial waste it produces. In order to reduce waste from manufacturing processes, we make rear caps for our DSLR camera lenses from 100% recycled plastic runner materials.

Reduction of CO2 Emissions

The Tamron Group has established a target to reduce its CO2 emissions compared to its benchmark year of FY2016 by 1.3% per year on average in terms of basic unit per sales and also a medium-term environmental target to reduce emissions by 16.55% by FY2030. Tamron strives to reduce CO2 emissions and electricity consumption. We are promoting energy saving measures such as a shift to energy efficiency equipment and the utilization of an energy saving system for better visualizing electricity usage.

CSR Reports 2017 P17

Promoting Design for the Environment (DfE)

Tamron manufactures environmentally friendly products by placing emphasis on the 3 Rs (reduce, reuse and recycle). At the design review stage of product development, we assess the extent to which we have achieved a longer service life (longer use, easier repair), resource savings (lighter weight, more compact, reduction in the number of parts, use of recycled materials, easier disassembly), and energy savings (lower power consumption at manufacture and use stages). Products that are environmentally friendly and that meet Tamron voluntary standards are certified as being Tamron Eco Label products. See here for certified products.

Tamron certifies environmentally friendly products under in-house standards >
Photo lenses: List of models presented with the Eco Label >
Surveillance/machine vision products: List of models presented with the Eco Label >

We are now working to merge Design for the Environment with Universal Design.

Regulation of Hazardous Substances

"Environmental-related substances regulations" which is set thresholds of Cadmium, Lead, hexavalent chromium, etc. severer than RoHS (the Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment) Directive. Through the compliance with "Environmental-related substances regulations", we established our environmental quality assurance system.

We work on environmental quality assurance system with our business partners such as parts/material suppliers. In order to build good relationships with our business partners, we issue "the Eco-partner accreditation certificate" to them, and we give preferred status to the certified Eco-partners.

Tamron continue to follow the regulations such as REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization of Chemicals) regulation and respond to voices from customers sincerely.

Tamron aims to manufacture the products which have less impact to humans and environment.