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Sustainable environmental management indicators -Indicators-

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

In light of the accelerating global efforts to create a sustainable society, the Ricoh Group has established new environmental goals toward a low-carbon, recycling-oriented society, and set new targets for each of 2030 and 2050 in the two areas of mitigation of global warming and resource conservation. 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 is used to operate the PDCA cycle for improvement of sustainable environmental management and for evaluation of action plans, measures and activity results.

Eco Balance utilization flow

image:Eco Balance utilization flow

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.

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.