Canon Solutions America - 6/5/2008
Océ Selected as a Climate Action Industry Partner
Océ has been recognized as an environmental leader in printing and document management through its
selection as a Climate Action industry partner. Climate Action is an international organization communications
platform that informs a worldwide network of businesses, United Nations, government and non-governmental
organizations in promoting organizational and individual actions to limit human-induced climate change to
ecologically sustainable levels. As a result of this selection, Océ N.V. will participate in a series of activities
focused on protecting and preserving the environment. These include a "Climate Leaders' video interview
with Rokus van Iperen, CEO of Océ N.V., which will be broadcast on www.climateactionprogramme.org and
featured on www.oce.com on June 5th, 2008 in support of the United Nation's World Environment Day.
As the only company in the document production industry to earn this distinction, Océ has been selected as a
Climate Action industry partner based on the company's exemplary record of environmentally sustainable
products and business practices. These include the CarbonPositivePlus+ project, which provides access to
eco-friendly initiatives and carbon offsetting credits for customers who purchase or lease Océ VarioPrint 6000
digital duplex cutsheet printers. Océ "green DNA" reaches back to the company's origins in 1870 when its
founder, Lodewijk van der Grinten, began investigating the quality of drinking water in Venlo, The Netherlands
and continued to develop and apply technology to improve people's quality of life.
Today, 130 years later, the Océ commitment to environmentally responsible product development and business
practices is evident throughout the organization. For example, Océ VarioPrint 6000 digital duplex cutsheet
printers use an estimated 45 percent less energy than conventional dual-pass systems.and are designed to
minimize environmental impact at every stage of operation, from low emissions and energy savings to
optimized asset recover at the end of the product lifecycle. Products like the Océ VarioPrint 6000 family,
coupled with environmentally focused design such as that of the new, solvent-free Océ CrystalPoint
technology underscore the company's world-leading "green" credentials and commitment to solutions that
minimize environmental impact. Océ CrystalPoint technology, developed to deliver high-quality color and
black & white output on plain and recycled paper has no emissions of ozone, odor, or fine powder.
Climate Action has acknowledged Océ for "doing the right thing" in terms of earth-friendly operations and for a
five-point sustainability policy that guides the company's actions. The sustainability policy focuses on minimizing
incorrect and unnecessary printing, minimizing energy consumption, maximizing reuse of materials and minimizing
non-reusable waste, and minimizing emissions of ozone, dust and toner.
The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) was established in 1973 by the United Nations General
Assembly as a result of a recommendation from the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment
held in Stockholm in 1972. Its mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the
environment by inspiring, informing and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without
compromising that of future generations. As the "voice of the environment" for the United Nations system,
UNEP plays a pivotal role in a broad range of activities related to understanding, mitigating, and adapting to
UNEP encourages decision-makers in government, local authorities and industry to develop and implement
policies, strategies and practices that are cleaner and safer, while making efficient use of natural resources.
The UNEP strategy is to influence informed decision-making through partnerships with other international
organizations, governmental authorities, business and industry and non-governmental organizations. UNEP
activities include research, capacity building and policy design to ensure that the objectives of environmental
protection and equitable development are integrated into trade and other economic policies at national,
regional and international levels.
"It is an honor and a privilege to be recognized by Climate Action in partnership with the United Nations
Environmental Program and to be a part of the activities celebrating World Environment Day," said Océ
North America Production Printing Systems President, Mal Baboyian. "Environmental sustainability is a key
initiative for Océ. This acknowledgment confirms our commitment to bringing products to market that enable
Océ and our customers to implement earth-friendly technologies and business practices that move us along
the path to an energy-efficient, carbon-free business environment."
"We are delighted that Océ has joined the platform to highlight its activities and achievements in mitigating
and adapting to climate change," said Climate Action Project Director, Sula Bruce. "It is essential that Industry
leaders such as Océ promote the action steps they have taken to encourage other companies and to enable
them to follow in their footsteps."
World Environment Day is commemorated each year on June 5th in a different city. It is one of the principal
vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances
political attention and action. World Environment Day 2008 will be hosted in New Zealand, one of the first
countries to pledge a carbon-neutral future. The focus of the global 2008 celebrations will be on the solutions
and the opportunities for countries, companies and communities to "Kick the habit" and de-carbonize their
economies and lifestyles.
"Developed and developing countries stand to benefit environmentally, economically, and socially from more
efficient, low-carbon technologies and strategies," said UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive
Director Achim Steiner in a press release issued October 1, 2007 to publicize World Environment Day. "What
we need is action to slow, stop and then to reverse the growth of global greenhouse gas emissions. A
transition to a low-carbon economy is essential to achieving this," said Steiner.