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Achievement of a Zero-Carbon Society

Contributing to achievement of a zero-carbon society

  • Image: SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Image: SDG 13: Climate Action

Policy/Basic Concept

“Climate change” is one of the most important social challenges which the global community is facing. The adverse effects of climate change are becoming more noticeable in many parts of the world and have become a serious issue influencing not only natural disasters, but also food production and economic security. Companies are expected to step up their efforts to decarbonize their operations in response to climate change.
The Ricoh Group's concept of a sustainable society is expressed in the “Three Ps Balance,” which describes a society that maintains a balance among the three Ps: economy (Prosperity), society (People), and the global environment (Planet).

Three Ps Balance

Based on the Ricoh Group Environmental Declaration, which states “We proactively reduce environmental impact and strive to improve the Earth’s self-recovery capabilities to achieve a zero-carbon society and a circular economy through business.” we have positioned the realization of a decarbonized society as one of our materiality issues in the global environment field. We are engaged in activities to reduce our GHG emissions to achieve the targets for reducing GHG emissions established through back casting, while respecting scientific findings such as those of the IPCC and international agreements like the Paris Agreement.
Specifically, we have set Scope 1, 2, and 3 targets for reducing GHG emissions in 2030 and 2050. We are working together as a group to reduce Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions through energy-saving activities at our own sites and the use of renewable electricity, and we are going all-out to realize Scope 3 GHG emissions reductions through visualization and reduction activities in the supply chain.

Activity Policy

  1. Thorough development of energy-saving and GHG emission reduction activities.
  2. Active and effective use of renewable energy.
  3. Expansion of reduction contribution through product development with high energy-saving performance, and 3R* activities.

*3R: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

For details of Ricoh's climate change activities, please refer to the Ricoh Group TCFD Report;


To continuously discuss mid- to long-term issues of the Ricoh Group in the areas of environment, society, and governance at the management level, the ESG Committee, chaired by the CEO, was established in May 2018. The committee meets once every quarter with the participation of Senior Management to discuss the status of initiatives, issues, and investment decisions related to ESG themes, such as zero carbonization, as important themes for management. Its deliberations are regularly reported to the Board of Directors, which then supervises the execution of ESG activities at a high level.

In addition, we set a target for reducing GHG emissions as one of the companywide ESG targets established as part of our mid-term management strategy, and at the same time, we set a target for reducing GHG emissions for each business unit, for which we conduct forecast and performance management for each business year. We analyze environmental performance data compiled by our cloud system for our approximately 900 global sites and use this data for PDCA management.

Targets and Performance

The Ricoh Group aims to achieve substantially zero GHG emissions throughout our value chain by 2050, and we have obtained SBT 1.5°C certification for our 2030 target, which is consistent with the level required to limit the rise in global temperature to less than 1.5°C in Scope 1, 2, and 3. In April 2017, we became the first Japanese company to join the RE100 program, which aims to achieve 100% renewable energy for electricity used in business activities. We have set targets for 2050 and 2030 and we are promoting thorough energy-saving activities and active use of renewable energy to reduce GHG emissions.

Image: Ricoh Group environmental goals (Zero-Carbon)

Chart: Ricoh Group environmental goals (Zero-Carbon)


GHG Scope 1,2

  FY2015 (Base year) FY2019 FY2020 FY2021 FY2022
Emissions (1,000tons) 458 351 290 263 249
Reduction rate (Compared to the 2015 level) 23.3% 36.7% 42.7% 45.5%

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GHG Scope 3

  FY2015 (Base year) FY2019 FY2020 FY2021 FY2022
Emissions (1,000tons) 2,333 1,924 1,593 1,539 1,600
Reduction rate (Compared to the 2015 level) 17.5% 31.7% 34.0% 31.4%

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Electric power

  FY2019 FY2020 FY2021 FY2022
Renewable energy usage ratio 12.5% 17.3% 25.3% 30.2%

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Road Map for Zero-Carbon Society to Achieve 2030 Targets

2030 Scope 1, 2: Initiatives and plans to achieve 63% reduction

Active use of renewable energy

We will promote purchasing renewable electricity certificates and introducing on-site PPAs, and aim to complete the transformation to RE100 by 2030 in overseas countries. In Japan, we will work with companies willing to lobby the government to reduce the cost of renewable electricity and expand procurement methods, and will strive to accelerate the introduction of renewable energy.

Promoting energy saving activities

We will promote improvement of manufacturing processes, introduce high-efficiency and energy-saving equipment, and electrify facilities at our production sites. At non-production sites, in Japan, we will expand the number of ZEB office buildings, and at overseas sites, we will promote the office relocation to energy-efficient offices. As for company vehicles, we will work to ensure that all company vehicles are driven in an environmentally friendly manner, and we will promote the conversion to Electric Vehicles (EVs), Fuel Cell Vehicles, and other energy-saving vehicles. We will also work in the area of Scope 1 issues where electrification is difficult, such as the use of steam from boilers, and will make effective use of waste heat loss from heat pumps, etc., and strive to introduce future technologies, such as hydrogen.

Chart: 2030 Scope 1, 2: Initiatives and plans to achieve 63% reductio

2030 Scope 3: Initiatives and Plans for 40% Reduction

We will work together with the entire value chain, including suppliers, customers, and transportation contractors, to achieve a Scope 3 reduction.

Chart: 2030 Scope 3: Initiatives and Plans for 40% Reduction

Avoided emissions

The Ricoh Group calculates the GHG emissions (Scope 1, 2 and 3) from its own business activities and sets environmental targets to reduce these emissions. On the other hand, GHG emissions increase with business growth and entry into new businesses.  However, for example, society's GHG emissions can be reduced by improving the energy-saving performance of newly developed MFPs, reducing their power consumption and replacing older models, and the digital printing presses that Ricoh is aiming to expand sales of meet the market needs for high-mix, low-volume lots, and can save resources and energy by reducing inventory compared to conventional offset printing presses, resulting in a reduced environmental impact on society as a whole. Thus, the greenhouse gases reduced in society by Ricoh's products and solutions are referred to as "Avoided Emissions".

Target:1,400 kt (End of FY2025)







Provision of energy saving products

Amount (CO2 equivalent) reduced through the introduction of models to customers' sites with enhanced energy-saving functions for MFPs, printers and other equipment as well as lighting and air-conditioning control systems.

212 244 197 226

Provision of digital services

Amount (CO2 equivalent) reduced through the introduction of energy efficient solutions/services to customers' sites, including conversion from offset printing to digital printing and duplex and with suppliers.

155 124 762 752

Resource saving of products

Amount (CO2 equivalent) reduced associated with procurement of raw materials and parts by lowering the input of new resources as a result of promoting reuse of recovered equipment, use of recycled materials, production of more compact, lightweight models, and use of ecological

67 64 74 67

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Decarbonization in our business activities

【Initiatives in Production Process】

  • Implementation of 100% renewable energy at A3 Multifunction Printer production sites worldwide
  • Introduction of New On-Site PPA* Model at Four Locations Globally (In and Outside of Japan)
  • Installation of Waste Heat Recovery Heat Pumps at Production Sites
  • Introduction of Comprehensive Evaluation System for Renewable Electricity

【Initiatives in office site】

  • Expansion of ZEB Office Buildings and Application to Business Proposals for Customers

【Initiatives throughout supply chain】

  • Efforts for reducing environmental impact via the supply chain as a whole
  • Actively support supplier decarbonization activities and address the risk of rising procurement costs