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Sustainable environmental management indicators -Indicators-

Action plans are mapped out and sustainable environmental management is evaluated using Eco Balance and environmental accounting as tools.

The Ricoh Group believes that the environmental impact generated by advanced nations must be reduced to one-eighth the fiscal 2000 levels by 2050 (described in the Long-Term Environmental Vision). For our part, we aim to reduce lifecycle CO2 and the input of new resources (declared in the 2050 Long-Term Environmental Impact Reduction Goal). We pursue these targets by improving the level of sustainable environmental management—that is, by promoting environmental conservation activities that reduce environmental impact and enhance economic effects at the same time. To realize this, an appropriate scheme must be developed so that suitable action plans can be mapped out to reduce the environmental impact caused by all our businesses, and that effective measures can be examined and implemented, with the results properly evaluated and disclosed. At the Ricoh Group, Eco Balance and environmental accounting are used to operate the PDCA cycle for improvement of sustainable environmental management and for evaluation of action plans, measures and activity results.

Eco Balance and environmental accounting utilization flow

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Understanding the environmental impact caused by all our businesses using Eco Balance

The Ricoh Group quantifies its lifecycle environmental impact by utilizing process-by-process input and output data on energy and environmentally-sensitive substances, collected with the Sustainable Environmental Management Information System. Eco Balance represents a list of such data and is used for formulating environmental action plans by abstracting Ricoh Group business operations and processes with large environmental footprints.

Selecting measures by environmental accounting and evaluating activity results

Reducing environmental impact using measures that will lead to the creation of benefits is crucial to promoting sustainable environmental management. The Ricoh Group uses environmental accounting to determine what measures should be taken for what processes and for what operations so that the maximum effect can be obtained. A number of improvement plans to reduce the identified environmental impact are examined in consideration of developments in society and changes in laws/regulations as well as the activities of competitors to improve processes generating large environmental impact identified by Eco Balance. In the evaluation process, we simulate how much environmental impact is reduced and how much profit is created compared with the costs for each measure, while surveying the results of the individual measures.

Eco Balance(Material Balance)

Eco Balance means the preparation of a list of input and output data on environmental impact to identify, quantitatively measure, and report environmental impact caused by companies; or such a list itself. It is based upon the same concept as LCA of corporate activities, and direct environmental impact of the company as well as indirect environmental impact of upstream and downstream operators is calculated.