The Ricoh Group encourages Group employees in Japan to make their houses eco-friendly by providing them with preferential interest rate loans and the right to receive carbon offset credits*1.
When targeted employees add solar power generation systems, heat insulating materials or other devices as described in (1) to (3) below to their houses, Ricoh Leasing will provide them with loans at preferential interest rates, and Ricoh Creative Service*2 will also provide them with consulting services for the installation/refurbishment work.
(1)Solar power generation systems for household use installed by professional engineers
(2)EcoCute natural refrigerant heat pump electric hot water suppliers or Ene Farm battery-type generation systems for household use installed by professional engineers
(3)Equipment targeted in the “Eco Point” system implemented by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment*3
Moreover, employees taking out loans will receive carbon offset credits according to the amount of CO2 emitted from their households over one or five years (depending upon the details of the installation/refurbishment work), enabling the employees to lead carbon-neutral lives.
The diffusion rate of solar power generation systems is still only 0.1% among households in Japan and it is expected that many more households in Japan will have their houses refurbished to make them more energy-efficient and eco-friendly, for example by increasing their heat insulation performance.
The Ricoh Group will encourage employees to reduce their environmental impact at home, thereby making an extra contribution to the creation of a sustainable society in addition to making contributions through its business operations.
To enable those who emit CO2 and other greenhouse gases in their daily lives or economic activities to invest in greenhouse gas emission reduction activities to offset their own emissions on the premise that they make their best efforts to minimize their emissions, the Japanese Ministry of the Environment established a domestic offset credit system in March 2008.
Ricoh San-ai Service was integrated with Ricoh Engineering to become Ricoh Creative Service on April 1, 2011.
Under the “Eco Point” system, people can earn “eco points” by applying heat insulating material to the windows, outer walls and roofs of their houses and also by installing solar power generation systems, water-saving toilets, highly heat-insulated bathtubs, and barrier-free facilities in their homes.