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Product Assessment Criteria

In the “Ricoh Sustainable Products Program”, individual products and services are assessed based on criteria at the six assessment axis, namely, (1) Energy Efficiency, (2) Resource Efficiency, (3) Pollution Prevention, (4) CSR, (5) Comfort, and (6) Usability(Eco function). Shown below is the overview of each assessment axis and the conditions for multifunction printer rank certification:

Six assessment axis

Assessment axis Overview
Energy Efficiency Evaluates the energy efficiency of a product, including the TEC value* and the energy consumption in sleep mode for imaging equipment. Numerical value calculated using the measurement method of the international ENERGY STAR program.
Resource Efficiency Evaluates the volume of resources that are used in the manufacturing of a product and how packaging is reduced, including the weight of the mainframe and the use of recycled materials.
Pollution Prevention Evaluates how the use of chemical substances that have an environmental impact are taken into consideration in product design, in accordance with the European RoHS Directive (Directive on the Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment) etc.
CSR Evaluates whether social responsibility was taken into consideration during design based upon the inclusion of specific accessibility features (e.g. an operation panel that is easy to see for those who suffer from amblyopia and partial color blindness, color universal design in any printed output, an audio version of user manuals etc.), and the results of any sustainability related ratings by third parties.
Comfort Evaluates whether the impact of a product on its surroundings varies from continued use e.g. noise and emissions (dust, TVOC,UFP etc.).
Usability (Eco function) Evaluates whether a product possesses a function to reduce its environmental impact, and whether environmentally-friendly settings such as sleep mode can be easily accessed etc.

* Typical electricity consumption measured by the methods specified by the ENERGY STAR® Program requirements.

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Product rank certification conditions

Product rank Product rank certification conditions
Sustainable Product Products which can fully satisfy Green procurement criteria required by the government and corporations
Sustainable Product-Premium One of the most excellent sustainability products in the industry which satisfies the usability and environmental performance

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