The objectives and advantages of disclosing environmental information for these products (Type III Environmental Declaration) are stated below:
We do not intend to compare our products with others. Many parts of the LCA method still need to be clarified. The background data for calculation is not yet satisfactory. As stated above, our intention in promoting environmental information disclosure is to use it as a way to seek public evaluation of Ricoh's approach to environmental conservation so that we can continue our efforts to improve that approach.
We understand that the final form of the Type III Environmental Declaration is yet to be fully discussed at ISO. We will welcome the prompt and firm establishment of this system. This time, we have decided to try out the declaration system and third-party certification as a case study. We hope that knowledge and experience gained from this case study will be effective for future studies on the Type III Environmental Declaration system.