Global environmental issues, particularly climate change, depletion of natural resources and degradation of ecosystems, are causing various changes to society and to the economy and also to the business landscape of Ricoh Group customers. These changes can become management risks but they simultaneously present new opportunities. With this in mind, the Ricoh Group puts sustainable environmental management into practice, seeking to protect the environment and conserve precious resources while at the same time generating profits. During the 17th Environmental Action Plan, launched in the fiscal year ended March 2012, we directed concerted efforts toward shrinking the environmental footprint of our customers through the development of energy-saving products and proposals for alternate workstyles that successfully address the need for enhanced operating efficiency while saving energy. In addition, we aim to limit environmental impact and minimize business risks, mainly by cutting costs through energy- and resource-saving measures and by trimming the amount of chemical substances used and generated in manufacturing and operating Ricoh-brand products.
Our efforts at sustainable environmental management are supported by four pillars. Three of them—conserving energy and preventing global warming; conserving natural resources and encouraging recycling; and preventing pollution—support reduced environmental impact from our own business pursuits, and the fourth—protecting biodiversity—is vital for the planet to raise its capacity for self-recovery. These pillars are built upon a basis for sustainable environmental management, forming an infrastructure for effective and efficient activities across the board.
Overall picture of the Ricoh Group’s sustainable environmental management
Over the three years of the 17th Environmental Action Plan, launched in April 2011, we worked to establish a solid foothold from which we would move steadily toward the Mid-term Environmental Impact Reduction Goals we aim to achieve by 2020. We were generally successful in reaching our stated objectives.
Ricoh Group’s 17th Environmental Action Plan Summary and Results (FY2012–FY2014)For more details
Energy Conservation/ Prevention of Global Warming
Debuted top energy-efficient product that reduces CO2 emissions during use. Also, in all activity stages, except logistics, we achieved CO2 emission targets largely through innovation in production processes.
|• Reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by production activities||Reduced CO2 emissions to 297,000 tons and greenhouse gases other than CO2 to 25,100 tons, reaching stated targets in both areas.|
|• Reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by logistics activities||Reduced to 9,700 tons, but short of the target of 7,600 tons.|
|• Reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by sales and maintenance activities||In Japan, reduced level to 31,000 tons-CO2, surpassing target of 38,000 tons-CO2.
Overseas, will set target and work to reduce emissions accordingly.
|• Reduce CO2 emissions related to energy consumption of Ricoh products||Reached target by bringing to market products with high energy-saving functions.|
|• Reduce CO2 emissions by encouraging the effective use of paper resources in relation to product use||Presented approaches, such as paperless meetings, that promote more efficient use of paper at customer sites.|
|• Develop environmental technologies aimed at reducing mid- and long-term environmental impact||Pursued development of energy management technologies geared toward realization of smart offices.|
Resource Conservation and Recycling
We expanded interest in reused and recycled products to reduce new resources input and marked an industry first with products built using electric-furnace steel sheets. Also, with the exception of only the thermal media business, we were able to reach targets for reduced waste generated during the manufacturing stage.
|• Achieve greater reduction in input of new resources||Increased 2.5 times in fiscal 2014, falling considerably short of the target of a fivefold reduction from the fiscal 2008 level.|
|• Contribute to reduction in input of new materials and parts by conducting sales activities for recycled products||Reduced by 8,900 tons in fiscal 2014, falling significantly short of the target of a 14,000-ton reduction.|
|• Reduce waste||Thermal media business failed to meet target. The polymerized toner business achieved its target by a wide margin. Packaging material waste decreased, significantly exceeding the stated target.|
|• Promote appropriate use of water||Water use in fiscal 2014 amounted to 4,087,000 tons, fully meeting the target of 4,400,000 tons or less.|
We achieved our goal to reduce environmentally sensitive substances at production sites and also achieved our goal to cut chemicals in dust and ozone in imaging equipment.
|• Establish a more comprehensive risk assessment system by evaluating risks related to chemicals, including environmental and ecological impact||Considered risk assessment techniques for each stage of the lifecycle.|
|• Reduce the use and emission of environmentally sensitive substances||Reduced amount of chemicals used and released by 79.9% and 93.4%, respectively, compared with 2000, mainly by recycling solvents, and reached stated target.|
|• Improve environmental functions of products||Set Ricoh standards for release of ozone, dust and VOCs by MFPs and printers, and achieved targets.|
We continued efforts to protect biodiversity at sites around the world and undertook grounds maintenance accordingly, with targets being met.
|• Contribute to maintaining and restoring the Earth’s self-recovery capabilities||Conducted biodiversity protection activities, including protection of rural landscapes, river/forest/coastal cleanup, and removal of identified invasive species, in 23 countries.|
|• Implement programs to care for biodiversity within the premises of Ricoh plants||Determined actual conditions regarding biodiversity status at business sites and continued to reduce impact. Achieved stated objective at 16 locations, where only IPM*-compliant pesticides were used in the grounds maintenance or no chemical pesticides were used at all.
* Pesticides with a minimal negative impact on the ecosystem, according to the IPM (Integrated Pest Management) concept.