Jun. 17, 2015
TOKYO, June 17, 2015 — Ricoh today announced that it made use of the Renewable Energy Certificate System* and covered the total power consumption of 1.8 million kWh at Ricoh Group companies in Japan and other countries with green power generated by natural energy on June 5, the United Nations World Environment Day.
General Manager Kato of the Sustainability Management Division holding the Renewable Energy Certificate
Through the use of the Renewable Energy Certificate that Ricoh bought from Japan Natural Energy Company Limited, the electricity consumed is considered as being supplied by natural energy. Ricoh has been using this system since 2010 to provide electricity for the Ricoh Black Rams night games of the Japan Rugby Top League. Last year, the system was used to cover power consumption by Ricoh Group companies in Japan on the United Nations World Environment Day. This year marks the first time the system has been used globally.
The Ricoh Group positions June as "Ricoh Global Eco Action Month," and in line with this theme the company is conducting "Ricoh Global Eco Action 2015," a special event to encourage Group company employees to think about the earth environment and take eco actions. The use of green power is such action. Going forward, Ricoh will continue holding Ricoh Global Eco Action as a springboard for promoting global environmental conservation initiatives and eco-awareness activities all over the world.
*About the Renewable Energy Certificate System
The Renewable Energy Certificate System considers the electricity generated by natural energy to be a combination of the "actual value of electricity" and "environmental added value," such as energy conservation (reduced consumption of fossil fuels) and the suppression of CO2 emissions. The certificate issuer sets the price for "environmental added value" and sells it as a "Renewable Energy Certificate." The purchaser of the certificate can combine the "Renewable Energy Certificate" with the electricity purchased. By doing so, the purchaser is considered to be using green power generated by natural energy. The expense paid by the company or local governments for the purchase of the "Renewable Energy Certificate" is used for the maintenance and expansion of the power generation facility through the certificate issuer. In this way, the purchaser of the certificate makes a contribution to the spread of natural energy equal to the amount of green power received from the certificate, even though the purchaser does not have a power generation facility. Interest in the Renewable Energy Certificate System is growing because it is believed to help prevent global warming.
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).
The majority of the company's revenue comes from products, solutions and services that improve the interaction between people and information. Ricoh also produces award-winning digital cameras and specialized industrial products. It is known for the quality of its technology, the exceptional standard of its customer service and sustainability initiatives.
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