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Strategy -Mid- and Long-Term Environmental Impact Reduction Goals-

Advanced nations need to reduce their environmental impact to one-eighth the fiscal 2000 levels by 2050. Based on this perception, the Ricoh Group has established the mid- and long-term environmental impact reduction goals for the three key areas of energy conservation, resource conservation, and pollution prevention.

Setting targets using the back-casting method in the three areas, aiming to improve the Earth's self-recovery capabilities

The Ricoh Group uses the back-casting method to set targets. In this approach, we first set final goals and then determine target values as milestones on the journey to these goals. We have set the Year 2050 Long-Term Environmental Vision based on the Three Ps Balance as our final goals, and we formulated the Mid- and Long-Term Environmental Impact Reduction Goals to describe specific steps to realize this vision to further strengthen and accelerate our activities. In the Goals, we set targets for environmental impact reduction in three key areas-energy conservation and global warming prevention, resource conservation and recycling, and pollution prevention-using 2020 and 2050 as the standard years. As the major targets, we chose "CO2 emission reduction throughout the product lifecycle," "reduction of new input of resources with prospects of resource depletion," and "minimizing the environmental risks of chemical substances through the product lifecycle." We use these targets in the environmental action plans we issue every three years in order to develop highly effective actions to achieve the goals.
In addition, while reducing our impact on the environment, it is essential to maintain or restore the Earth's self-recovery capabilities. Based on this idea, we laid down the "Ricoh Group Biodiversity Policy" in March 2009 to articulate the measures we take in our business activities to protect biodiversity. With the new policy, we will expand our conservation activities for maintenance and improvement of nature's self-recovery capabilities, which have so far focused on forest ecosystem conservation, to a wider range of environmental impact reduction measures, which correctly reflect the impact we have on biodiversity throughout all supply chains.

Setting environmental targets

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Major Ideas in the Ricoh Group Mid- and Long-Term Environmental Impact Reduction Goals

Energy Conservation and Prevention of Global Warming
Mid- and Long-Term Goals Reduce the total lifecycle CO2 emissions by the Ricoh Group (including emissions of the "five gasses" converted into CO2) by 30%*1 by 2020 and by 87.5% by 2050 from the fiscal 2000 level.
  • *1Equal to 34% reduction from the fiscal 1990 level (for domestic CO2).
  • Set targets for the entire lifecycle with the aim of achieving the reduction levels set for society as a whole based on the warnings of IPCC.
  • Reduce the CO2 directly emitted from business activities by setting targets for each stage, including production and distribution.
  • Reduce electricity consumption of the products in an active manner by setting high targets.
  • Collaborate with suppliers at the procurement stage.
Major activities
  • Develop technologies that improve the environmental functions of products and facilitate the use of such products.
  • Make suggestions to customers to help them fully enjoy the environmental functions of our products.
  • Realize "low carbon manufacturing" through innovation of production processes.
  • Actively use solar power and other renewable energies for electric generation.
  • Reduce CO2 emissions at the procurement stage by making products smaller and their lives longer and by recycling more products.
  • Support suppliers in their environmental impact reduction measures.
  • Obtain more accurate information on CO2 emissions during the distribution stage, increase distribution efficiency, and promote a modal shift.
Resource Conservation and Recycling
Mid- and Long-Term Goals
Reduce the new input of resources by 25% by 2020 and by 87.5% by 2050 from the fiscal 2007 level.
Reduce the use of or prepare alternative materials for the major materials of products that are at high risk of depletion (e.g., crude oil, copper and chromium) by 2050.
  • Discourage new input of resources and promote efficient use of the limited resources in business activities.
  • Recognize that resource conservation measures directly reduce production costs and help avoid risks accompanied by possible increases in resource prices and ensure stable supplies of products in the future. Position the measures as a central part of management.
Major activities
  • Develop technologies to make products/parts smaller and lighter.
  • Develop technologies to improve reliability of products/parts, such as technologies to make product life longer.
  • Increase recovery rates of used products.
  • Increase recycling rates of products/parts/materials by developing technologies for recycling and efficient use of recycled items.
  • Reduce the use of materials at a high risk of depletion or replace them with other materials, such as biomass plastics and toner inks.
Pollution Prevention
Mid- and Long-Term Goals Minimize risks of chemical substances throughout the product lifecycle by 2020 in compliance with the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM)*2
  • Implement risk management that covers not only impact on the environment but also impact on human health.
  • Give priority to the high-risk chemical substances in reduction and replacement in order to prevent possible pollution.
Major activities
  • Increase the level of chemical substance management system to improve risk management.
  • Promote reduction and replacement of high-risk chemical substances.
Targets are set based on the business areas and market share for fiscal 2000.
Regarding revised goals for pollution prevention
We have revised the previous goal for pollution prevention, namely, "reducing the impact of chemical substances on the environment by 30% by 2020," as we have achieved this goal earlier than planned, mainly due to faster progress in reducing the use of lead and other substances having a relatively high environmental hazard level. Specifically, we have attained the targets of a 90% reduction (from the fiscal 2000 level) in environmental impact of chemical substances contained in products, as well as 78.5% and 94.8% reductions in PRTR-target substances used at and discharged from production sites, respectively. Following this smoother progress in the pollution prevention plan, we established a new goal, as described above, in March 2012.