The Ricoh Group introduced the concept of Eco Balance in fiscal 1998 to clarify the environmental impact caused by all its businesses and effectively reduce it. We have mapped out environmental action plans based upon environmental loads identified by stage under the concept of Eco Balance since fiscal 2002 and have applied the concept in the formulation of environmental impact reduction goals that take medium- to long-term perspectives.
Since we know that procurement of raw materials and parts is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions by studying the amount at output at each stage, we have been working hard to cut down the input of resources so as to reduce the corresponding emissions. Emissions due to the use of Ricoh products are equivalent to emissions from the business sites. Taking that into consideration, we are improving energy efficiency of our products.
Procurement of raw materials and parts
Logistics and transportation
Collection and recycling
Change in calculation methods and data reporting (fiscal 2012)
The Ricoh Group is aware of the importance of lifecycle environmental impact evaluations and has adopted its own accounting method that incorporates a lifecycle perspective in the early stages. To step up its efforts, the Ricoh Group revised the accounting method in fiscal 2012 in light of the Scope 3 accounting standard of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative, which is an international accounting guideline.