Gurgaon, India, March 26, 2015: Canon, a player in digital imaging,strengthens its commitment to the environmentby supporting WWF for the Earth Hourbeing observed from 08.30 – 09.30 PM on 28th March, 2015.
In its endeavour and constant efforts towards protection of the environment, Canon India will switch off its neon signage at Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennaiairports in addition to turning off all lights at all Canon offices across the country.
As a part of this initiative, Canon will be photographing four prominent monuments of Delhi – Red Fort, India Gate, RashtrapathiBhawan and Lotus Temple to highlight the beauty of the city’s urban landscape during Earth Hour. In the run-up to the event, Canon had set up a photo booth at the WWF ‘Pedal for the Planet’ Cyclothon on 21st March 2015 where all the participants got their photographs clicked.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Kazutada Kobayashi, President and CEO, Canon India, said, “As a responsible business, we are honoured to partner with WWF for this worthy cause. Canon India takes pride in being environment conscious and we are keen to raise awareness about the importance of using electricity in a judicious manner. The Earth Hour has seen great support across the world and by participating in this for the seventh year in a row; we want to continue to make a positive difference towards protecting the environment.”
Environment conservation is one of the crucial initiatives undertaken by Canon for its commitment towards the realisation of a sustainable society. Canon India donated twenty solar panels to the energy production centre at FerozepurNamak village, Haryana. Installed on the roof of the government school in the village, these solar panels enable 30 fans and up to 20 lights operational for 6 to 8 hours a day. As a yearlong extension of the Earth hour, Canon India also observes De-light days on Wednesdays, where Canon employees leave office at sharp 05:30 pm every Wednesday with an aim to save electricity.
“Our corporate philosophy Kyosei refers to living and working together for the common good. In line with the same, Canon is committed to protecting the environment through various initiatives for conserving energy, water, paper, etc. The Earth Hour is a step in the direction of adopting eco-friendly practices in everyday life, paving the way for a sustainable lifestyle.” he further added.
Earth Hour is WWF’s global campaign inspiring governments, businesses, communities and individuals to take a stand against climate change. It is one crucial hour dedicated to uniting people world over through the collective action of switching off non-essential lights. Canon India employees have pledged to observe the Earth Hour on 28th March, 2015 and have also reached out to all stakeholders to do the same. Pledge Cards have been made available at Master Service Centres for customers to sign up for Earth Hour. A special message from Canon India CEO and President, Mr. Kobayashi is on the WWF website.
Canon believes that it is possible to overcome the challenge of global warming through collective action. As a responsible global company, Canon strives to uphold an ideal balance between its operations and the impact of this on the environment.