By executing three tasks, "energy conservation and global warming prevention," "resource conservation and recycling," and "pollution prevention," we are promoting environmental impact reduction through all of our business activities.
Reducing greenhouse gases generated in global business activities at all stages of the product lifecycle.
The Ricoh Group is carrying out effective environmental impact reduction activities at each stage to achieve the Mid- and Long-Term Lifecycle CO2 Reduction Goals.
We are globally providing a wealth of know-how and implementing many measures that we have accumulated in Japan and other countries. Such know-how and measures include (a) innovation in production processes, (b) the introduction of highly efficient equipment, (c) innovation in logistics and transportation, (d) energy conservation in our offices, and (e) environmental impact reduction activities that we carry out in cooperation with our clients.
We are making every effort to reduce discharged matter and alleviate the waste of resources at our global sites.
We are making every effort to reduce discharged matter and alleviate the waste of resources at our global sites, including the appropriate use of water.
Regarding discharged matter, measures have been implemented to reduce resource waste and cost, focusing on discharged matter generated during the production of polymerized toners and associated with the thermal media business, as well as the packaging materials used for transportation between production sites inside and outside of Japan. Also, in an effort to minimize the use of water, which as a limited resource has become a major global concern, Ricoh has set Group targets for effective use of this precious resource, thereby helping conserve the global environment.
Efforts are being made on a global scale to reduce the amount of chemical substances used/discharged, based upon the idea of risk management.
In compliance with the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), the Ricoh Group has established a system to manage the risks of chemical substances by applying a risk evaluation method, aiming to minimize the risk throughout the lifecycle of chemicals and to share related information.
Under this risk management system, all the chemical substances used, discharged and disposed of in the manufacturing processes of Ricoh products are assessed in two steps: (1) screening in terms of discharged amounts, according to the GHS hazard*1 level scale; (2) for substances evaluated as above a specified level, hazard and exposure assessments are conducted. Based on the results obtained, we assess the risks of hazardous substances that may affect the health of local residents as well as water-borne creatures living in the surrounding areas.
Enhancing this risk assessment scheme, we are working to establish a global system to reduce risks related to chemical substances.
In addition, the Group has a system in place to manage environmental risks.
*1 Harmfulness to human beings and the environment