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Strategy -Results of the 17th Environmental Action Plan-

The Ricoh Group's 17th Environmental Action Plan (FY 2011-2013)

* Results of Fiscal 2013
1.Energy Conservation/ Prevention of Global Warming 1) Reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by production activities.
  • Reduce CO2 emissions related to energy use.
    [Targets : Reduce to the fiscal 2010 level or below (298,000 tons-CO2 or less).]
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Reduced to 297,000 tons-CO2, thus achieving the target of 298,000 tons-CO2.
Will continue to maintain emissions reduction efforts.
  • Reduce emissions of greenhouse gases other than CO2.
    [Targets : Reduce by 38% compared with the fiscal 2000 level to less than 25,200 tons-CO2, even accounting for increases related to the expansion of business.]
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Reduced to 25,100 tons-CO2, thus achieving the target of 25,200 tons-CO2.
Will continue to maintain emissions reduction efforts.
2) Reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by logistics activities.
  • Reduce the total amount of greenhouse gases emitted by Ricoh Logistics System in connection with its operations.
    [Targets : Reduce by 21% compared with the fiscal 2000 level to less than 7,600 tons.]
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Reduced to 9,700 tons-CO2, thus failing to achieve the target of 7,600 tons-CO2.
Will step up emissions reduction efforts.
3) Reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by sales and maintenance activities.
  • Reduce the amount of CO2 emitted in relation to the use of energy in sales and maintenance activities.
    [Targets : Reduce by 21.5% compared with the fiscal 2000 level to less than 38,000 tons.]
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Reduced to 31,000 tons-CO2, thus achieving the target of 38,000 tons-CO2.
Will continue to maintain emissions reduction efforts.
  • Monitor the amount of CO2 emitted in relation to the use of energy in sales and maintenance activities and establish reduction targets by the end of fiscal 2011.
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Worked to improve the data collection rate for other buildings in fiscal 2013. Developed a system to identify CO2 emissions for each Scope (1-3) based on the GHG protocol, enabling identification of items causing a large environmental impact, for which specific targets are yet to be set, however.
  • Attain the established targets above.
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Targets have not yet been set.
Will set targets for the next Environmental Action Plan and continue with improvement efforts.
4) Reduce CO2 emissions related to energy consumption of Ricoh products.
  • Develop products that can meet the mid-term environmental impact reduction goals.
    [Targets : Attain the total CO2 emissions reduction targets set for fiscal 2013 related to product energy consumption.]
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Achieved the fiscal 2013 targets for CO2 emissions related to energy consumption of Ricoh products by launching products with high energy-saving functions.
  • Encourage customers to use the energy-saving mode.
    [Targets : Conduct activities to promote use of the energy-saving mode.]
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Provided customers with advice and suggestions on using the energy-saving mode more effectively. Customer feedback was utilized to develop products with high energy-saving functions, from which we received recognition for the energy-saving features, including for our color Multi Function Printers (MFPs).
5) Reduce CO2 emissions by encouraging the effective use of paper resources in relation to product use.
  • Improve paper use reduction rate by promoting duplex and multiple-page function utilization.
    [Targets : Conduct activities to promote duplex and multiple-page function utilizations.]
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Conducted activities to help customers reduce paper use effectively by promoting duplex and multi-page functions of MFPs.
6) Develop environmental technologies aimed at reducing mid- and long-term environmental impact.
  • Develop energy-saving technologies to help achieve the Year 2020 Mid-Term Environmental Impact Reduction Goals.
    [Targets : Engage in the development of energy-saving technology with the potential to contribute to achieving the Year 2020 Mid-Term Environmental Impact Reduction Goals. (Reduce the total lifecycle CO2 emissions by the Ricoh Group by 30% from the fiscal 2000 level.)]
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Worked to further improve technologies that can enhance energy-saving functions, and developed energy management technologies that will enable the realization of smart offices. Will continue with efforts to improve these environmental technologies, aiming to achieve the medium- and long-term environmental impact reduction targets.
2.Resource Conservation and Recycling 1) Achieve greater reduction in input of new resources.
  • Reduce input of new resources by implementing 3Rs and switching to alternative resources.
    [Targets : Increase reduction amount fivefold or more compared to the fiscal 2007 level.]
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Increased 2.5 times in fiscal 2013, thus failing to achieve the target of a fivefold reduction from the fiscal 2007 level.
Will implement a range of measures to reduce the input of new resources, such as launch of downsized products, development of materials using reclaimed resin and use of such materials in products, expanded sales of recycled products and expanded use of electric furnace steel sheets in products.
2) Contribute to reduction in input of new materials and parts by conducting sales activities for recycled products.
  • Increase reuse of products.
    [Targets : 14,000 t/year in fiscal 2013 (global total)]
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Reduced by 8,900 tons in fiscal 2013, thus failing to achieve the target of a reduction of 14,000 tons.
Will continue working to improve effective use of recovered resources, increase reuse of products, and reduce input of new materials, through the expansion of our reconditioned copier business.
  • Improve product recovery rates.
    [Targets : Conduct activities to promote product recovery. Disclose recovery data.]
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Identified global recovery rates for products such as copiers and toner cartridges and disseminated the data through the Eco Balance scheme.
Will continue working to promote product recovery.
3) Reduce waste.
  • Reduce waste generated from the thermal media business.
    [Targets : Reduce waste proportionate to production volume by 26% from the fiscal 2007 level.]
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Reduced by 10.5% in fiscal 2013, thus failing to achieve the target of a reduction of 26% from the fiscal 2007 level.
Will continue with waste reduction activities.
  • Reduce waste in manufacture of polymerized toners.
    [Targets : Reduce waste proportionate to production volume by 22% from the fiscal 2007 level.]
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Reduced by 36.8% in fiscal 2013, thus significantly exceeding the target of a reduction of 22% from the fiscal 2007 level.
Will continue with activities to reduce waste and costs.
  • Reduce packaging material waste (cardboard).
    [Targets : Reduce the amount of waste packaging materials for imaging equipment generated per production volume by 6% from the fiscal 2010 level.]
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Reduced by 29.9% in fiscal 2013, thus significantly exceeding the target of a reduction of 6% from the fiscal 2010 level. Will continue with waste reduction activities.
4) Promote approapriate use of water
  • Reduce use of (virgin) water resources .
    [Targets : Reduce water use to 4,400,000 tons or less (reduce use per sales by 11% from fiscal 2010 level).]
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Water use for fiscal 2013 amounted to 4,087,000 tons, lower than the 2012 level, and achieved the target of 4,400,000 tons or less (use per sales unit was down by 8.7%). Will continue with activities to achieve targets.
3.Pollution Prevention 1) Establish a more comprehensive risk assessment system by evaluating risks related to chemicals, including environmental and ecological impact.
  • Establish a risk management system for chemical substances that is applicable worldwide.
    [Targets : Establish risk assessment techniques to estimate risks to ecosystems posed by chemical substances emitted into the environment during the manufacturing process. Based on the findings, take measures to manage and reduce the risks.]
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Examined the methods for assessing risks in each life cycle stage of all chemical substances, from material procurement through to disposal.
Will continue to examine assessment methods to use them in activities for managing and reducing risks.
2) Reduce the use and emission of environmentally sensitive substances.
  • Reduce the amounts of environmentally sensitive substances used and emitted.
    [Targets : Reduce use and emission amount (converted value) by 75% and 90%, respectively, from the fiscal 2000 levels.]
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Reduced use and emission amount by 79.9% and 93.4%, respectively, compared to fiscal 2000, by replacement with less harmful chemicals and increasing recycled use of solvents, etc, thus reaching the target.
  • [Targets : Establish a weighting method for hazard levels set in GHS and establish reduction targets for the converted use and emissions based on the GHS.]
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The evaluation will be postponed until the next medium-term plan.
3) Improve environmental functions of products.
  • Reinforce measures to reduce chemical emissions.
    [Targets : Comply with the Ricoh Standards for ozone, dust and VOCs. These standards meet the Blue Angel requirements.]
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Modified the Ricoh Standards for emissions of environmentally sensitive substances contained in products in compliance with the Blue Angel requirements. Complied with the modified standards for ozone, dust and VOCs associated with substances emitted by copiers, MFPs and printers used in offices.
4.Biodiversity Conservation 1) Contribute to maintaining and restoring the Earth's self-recovery capabilities.
  • Implement corporate social responsibility programs to preserve biodiversity.
    [Targets : Implement corporate social responsibility programs within the Ricoh Group.]
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Conducted biodiversity conservation activities, including planting, conserving rural landscapes, river/forest/coastal cleanup, and removal of identified invasive species in 23 countries.
2) Implement programs to care for biodiversity within the premises of Ricoh plants.
  • Identify impact on biodiversity within the premises of Ricoh plants and reduce the impact.
    [Targets : Develop guidelines for the management of Ricoh Group’s operational sites and ensure that all Ricoh Group operational sites manage their premises in accordance with the guidelines.]
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Included in the site management guideline provisions on the removal of invasive species and reduced use of chemical pesticides. Implemented management under the modified guidelines at group sites. In fiscal 2013 at 16 locations, no chemical pesticides were used and only pesticides complying with IPM* are used in the management of the premises.
  • *Pesticides with a low negative impact on the ecosystem according to the IPM (Integrated Pest Management) concept.

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