Global Technology CompanyEpson, today unveiled a study that indicates technology is a key component in the fight against climate change.
Epson’s Regional Head for East and West Africa Mukesh Bector says Epson views technology as an enabler, with products that are designed to use fewer resources in production, last for longer, are more easily repairable, can be re-used and are more easily recycled.
Speaking during an education technology and sustainability Stakeholders Event in Nairobi, Bector highlighted the importance of transformative power of sustainable technology in education in aligning with the core objectives of the upcoming COP28 agenda. The event highlighted Epson’s commitment to integrating environmental stewardship into educational advancements, signalling a new era for youth education across East and West Africa.
“Technology is the most important weapon in the fight against catastrophic climate change. Together, we can create the solutions that people need as they act to mitigate climate impact,” Bector stated.
Research conducted by Epson in Kenya revealed that 90% of students in Kenya agree that printed learning materials help them to understand and retain information better than digital materials alone, yet the majority of students (77%) feel conflicted when it comes to printing materials they need because they want to be as environmentally conscious as possible.
As 87% of Kenyan students believe their learning would be improved if their place of education provided them with a more sustainable printing solution, to use less energy and create less wastage, it is important that educational institutions have the opportunity to hear the voices of their students – to understand what could better learning and ultimately results.
The solution already exists. Epson Heat-Free printers are poised to provide this balance between our children having the best education possible, without compromising their passion to be considerate of the environmental implications of their learning process.
With Epson Heat-Free printers, energy consumption is significantly reduced, compared with laser printers, and with the option of double-sided printing, paper wastage is instantly reduced.
This suite of printers not only bring lessons to life but also serve as a benchmark for sustainability. Epson’s EcoTank printers, renowned for their high efficiency and low waste, stand as a testament to the company’s ethos of reducing ecological footprints. These printers are meticulously engineered to reduce energy consumption, thereby lowering schools’ operational costs and carbon emissions in line with the ambitious goals set forth by COP28 to mitigate the effects of climate change.
During the event, a panel discussion with educators, technologists and journalist focused on how Epson’s technology fosters a more sustainable and accessible educational environment. Panellists highlighted the significant role of using advanced yet sustainable technological tools to empower the youth, preparing them to be the vanguards of a greener future. They discussed the emergence of ‘green skills’ which are crucial in the context of both employment and environmental responsibility, resonating with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 on quality education.
“In the ever-evolving landscape of education, we find ourselves at a crossroads between the traditional allure of print and the dynamic capabilities of digital technology. As we navigate this junction, it’s imperative to strike a harmonious balance that leverages the tactile engagement of print with the interactive and boundless potential of digital platforms. This equilibrium is not just a convenience but a necessity for cultivating adaptable learners who can thrive in both the pages of a book and the pixels of a screen”, said Ian Muthomi, the Chief Executive Officer, Vision Drill Kenya during the panel discussion.
The dialogue also converged on the importance of Epson’s innovative products in bridging the educational gap, especially in remote and underserved communities. By reducing the reliance on electricity and consumables, Epson’s solutions facilitate the continuity of education even in off-grid locations, exemplifying the company’s dedication to inclusivity and resilience in educational resources
The initiatives highlighted at the stakeholders’ event mirror the broader ambitions of COP28, which prioritize sustainable innovation as a cornerstone of climate action. The educational strategies presented align with global efforts to bolster climate education, engaging youth in sustainability practices early in their educational journeys.
“Education is the cornerstone of a sustainable future, and technology serves as the catalyst. As we embrace sustainable technology in education, we not only empower our students to thrive in a rapidly evolving world, but we also nurture a generation that is committed to preserving the planet for generations to come.” commented Martin Mungai, Centre for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education in Africa.
Epson’s ongoing investments in research and development reflect a deep-seated belief that sustainability and technology must coalesce to spearhead societal change. The company continues to introduce products and initiatives that embody this principle, demonstrating a clear alignment with the environmental objectives outlined by international bodies and the local governments.
As the event concluded, Epson reaffirmed its pledge to spearhead the adoption of green technology in education across Africa. By fostering partnerships and dialogue, Epson is catalyzing a movement towards a more sustainable and equitable future for all learners.