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Sustainable Environmental Management

Sustainable environmental management balancing conservation and business growth

We will transform our business model from long-term perspectives and contribute to social sustainability improvements. Learn more

Process for setting and achieving new environmental goals

The five materialities that the Ricoh Group set in April 2017 include items for achieving a zero-carbon society and circular economy.
We accordingly set about reinforcing our efforts by formulating the Ricoh Group Environmental Declaration and environmental goals. We particularly seek to achieve a zero-carbon society, tackling global warming by eliminating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the entire value chain by 2050. We will reach that goal by conserving energy and using renewable energy. We were the first Japanese company to join RE100, an international initiative striving to increase the demand for and delivery of renewable energy.
While striving to enhance the energy efficiency of our products, we will collaborate with business partners and customers to help decarbonize society throughout the value chain.

Ricoh Group environmental declaration

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.

Ricoh Group environmental goals

2030 goals

・GHG Scope 1,2*2 30% reduction*3

・GHG Scope 3*2 15% reduction

・Product resource conservation rate*4:50%

Note: Figures compared with 2015 levels

2050 goals

・Targeting zero GHG emissions across the entire value chain

・Product resource conservation rate: 93%

*1 RE100:
Companies collaborating in this global initiative seek to source 100% renewable electricity.


*2 GHG Scope 1, 2 and 3
・GHG Scope 1: All direct GHG emissions from our manufacturing plants, offices, vehicles etc.
・GHG Scope 2: Indirect GHG emissions from the consumption of electricity and heat that we purchase
・GHG Scope 3: Emissions in the supply chain from business activities (excludes GHG Scope 1 and 2)

*3 Reduction Goals under Representative Concentration Pathways 2.6 emission scenario as adopted by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

*4 Product resource conservation rate
Rate of reduction in new resource inputs to total resource inputs

Pursuing decarbonization

We are leveraging strategies to develop technologies that help decarbonize economies, run energy efficiency and renewables businesses that relate to conserving and reusing energy, and decarbonating our operating sites, thereby contributing to corporate and social progress.

Technology development

Dye-sensitized solar cells Dye-sensitized solar cells

● Creating and conserving energy

To generate necessary energy for local consumption, technologies that harvest solar and other light, vibration, heat, and other untapped energy sources and convert it into electricity are spotlighted.
Advanced dye-sensitized solar cells can generate electricity efficiently even under LED or other weak lighting conditions indoors. We have applied organic photoreceptor and supercritical fluid technologies that we amassed in developing multifunction and other products to ensure safety by using only solid electrolyte structures offering more than double the electrical output of amorphous silicon solar cells.

● Reducing carbon dioxide emissions by providing energy-efficient products

Ricoh’s MFPs incorporate proprietary offerings that enable quick recoveries from Energy Saver Mode, including Quick Start Up technology and low-melting-point toner. Color MFPs* that we launched in May 2016 employ a human detection sensor that wakes the system from energy saver mode in just 0.5 second to enable key operations.

* Color MFPs launched in May 2016
RICOH MP C6004, C5504, C4504, C3504, and C3004 series

Running energy efficiency and renewables businesses

We are helping to lower carbon dioxide emissions around the world by providing decarbonization solutions.
In the social infrastructure arena, we maintain power sales services and offer customers solutions to enhance energy efficiency by enabling them to visualize their electricity consumption. We are helping to popularize electric vehicles by selling, constructing, operating, and maintaining charger facilities.
Our solar power operations and maintenance service stabilizes the running of such facilities and supports business planning and operations in that area so customers can tap renewable energy more consistently and efficiently.

Conducting verification tests for decarbonization solutions through community collaboration

Model for tapping wood biomass heat
We deployed a local energy production and consumption model bathhouse and other facilities that tap heat from biomass boilers fueled by woodchips from thinned timber.

Wood biomass boiler

Wood biomass boiler

Micro hydropower systems
We are conducting verification tests with several municipalities and companies with a micro hydropower system that harnesses water flows from streams, irrigation canals, and building air conditioning. We are enhancing the operational rates of water turbines by employing proprietary technology to hollow their structures.

Micro hydropower systems

Decarbonizing business sites

● Stepping up energy conservation efforts

We have rolled out business initiatives to enhance energy efficiency by improving production processes and managing office energy consumption. Our thorough energy conservation activities include installing energy-efficient equipment. In the year ended March 31, 2018, we undertook more than 300 measures that cut our carbon dioxide emissions by around 7,000 metric tons. We deployed energy conservation efforts in-house and with customers as part of worldwide efforts to lower environmental impact.

● Tapping renewable energy

We were the first Japanese company to join to RE100. We have formulated a roadmap to reach RE100 targets and use renewable energy globally.

Usage overview

Our U.S. sales subsidiary and Numazu plant installed solar power systems. Our Asian sales headquarters in Singapore already sources 25% of its electricity from renewables, and looks to lift that rate to 100% by the year ending March 31, 2020. At more than 60 sites in 12 countries, European sales companies had sourced all of their electricity from renewables by the end of the year under review.

Materializing a circular economy

Recycling and reduction are key concepts for reaching this goal. We are accordingly constraining the use of new resources in our offerings, recycling products, and using recycled resources to enhance resource efficiency in our operations.

Product Initiatives

● Making products smaller and lighter

We pursue designs that consume fewer new resources. For example, the RICOH MPC 6004 color laser MFP occupies 37% less space and is more than 64% lighter than conventional models. This is because we reduced the frame weight and developed a compact and lightweight motor and created thinner plastic parts and metal sheets.

● Reuse

We reuse MFPs from around the world for reconditioned machines*1 and parts. In Japan, we maintain an efficient, wide-ranging collection setup. It includes a system that predicts MFP collection times and quantities and a stock management system that shows the conditions and quantities of collected products.

ceiling-mounted camera

The RICOH Eco Business Center installed a recovered machine storage management system that uses internally developed color coding. The facility manages stock levels and location information by using a ceiling-mounted camera to scan recovered machine color codes. This setup selects machines that are suitable for reconditioning and uses proprietary automated guided vehicles to take machines to production lines.


Reconditioned machines

*1 Reconditioned equipment
This offers quality equivalent to that of new models while employing an average 77% of parts from recovered products.

● Proactive use of recycled materials

We take a closed recycling approach, incorporating recycled parts and materials from our products in our offerings.
To create top-quality recycled plastics from recovered equipment, we reviewed collection systems and collaborated with materials manufacturers in developing technologies to restore the quality of collected materials. We thereby lifted the content of recovered materials from 10% to 50% of conventional materials in recycled plastic.

● Using open recycling in adopting recycled plastic for exterior materials

We are augmenting closed recycling by using commercially marketed recycled materials that match the inflammability and strength requirements of our MFPs. We began taking this approach with materials for equipment interiors. Through a development effort with Teijin Limited, we have extended open recycling to high-grade plastic products for external use.

Winning WorldStar Award for new returnable eco packaging for copier products*2

Our award-winning new returnable eco packaging for copier products features an improved shape for stacking and is light and can be used repeatedly, offering greater recycling efficiency and durability than conventional designs. By using less material, this packaging has significantly lowered carbon dioxide emissions and environmental impact.

Winning WorldStar Award for new returnable eco packaging for copier products

Projections for year ending March 31, 2019
Annual materials consumption reduction: 91.2 metric tons
Annual carbon dioxide emissions decrease: 153.7 metric tons

Recipient of 2018 WorldStar Award from World Packaging Organization

Business activity initiatives

We extensively reduce emissions and resource losses and properly use water worldwide.

● Constraining waste discharges

Our efforts focus on areas associated with the greatest such discharges, notably polymerized toner production, thermal media operations, and production packaging materials for shipments between domestic and overseas business sites. In the year under review, we lowered waste discharges as a percentage of sales by 3.8% from a year earlier on the strength of improved toner manufacturing processes.

● Evaluating water risks and ensuring effective usage

We tackle water issues, which are a growing focus around the globe, by assessing water risks at each business site and using water effectively in view of local and business conditions.

*2 New returnable eco packaging for copier products
We currently use this packaging in Japan to take advantage of our collection systems framework and cost structure.

19th Environmental Action Plan (summary)

We launched this initiative in April 2017 to enhance business growth and corporate value while reinforcing collaboration with society and other stakeholders by establishing priority strategies and targets. One key endeavor is to prevent global warming through companywide projects that seek to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from our operations by extensively conserving energy and using renewables.
Under the plan, we will foster environmental management that contributes to sustainable development for society and the Ricoh Group.

Areas Initiatives Progress
Energy conservation/
prevention of global warming
Reduce CO2 emissions through eco-friendly products and solutions

Promote product energy saving through Ricoh Sustainable Products Program

・FY2018/03 achievement rate for voluntary product energy saving standard: 234.1%

・Exceeded the yearly target considerably, due to expanded sales of color MFPs equipped with superior energy-saving features. Will continue working to expand sales of products with superior energy-saving features.

Reduce GHG related to business activities

Reduce GHG emissions by process improvement and utilization of electricity from renewable energy sources

・Reduced the amount of CO2 emissions (scope 1, 2) by 2.9% from FY2017/03 to 472,000 tons in FY2018/03, thereby achieving the target.

Resource Conservation and Recycling Improve the efficiency of resources by implementing the 3Rs for products

Reduce new resource inputs to achieve 2020 environmental impact reduction goals

・Increased the resource conservation rate for products to 22.0% for FY2018/03, an improvement from 21.9% for FY2017/03, thereby achieving the target. Will continue working to improve the rate.

Reduce discharged waste in business activities

Reduce waste from business activities

・Reduced the amount of waste proportionate to sales by 3.8% from FY2017/03, thereby achieving the target. Will continue working to reduce cost and waste of resources alike.

Reduce emissions of water in business activities

Minimize water consumption in business activities

・Reduced water usage proportionate to sales by 6.1% from FY2017/03, thereby achieving the target. Will continue working to reduce water usage.

Pollution prevention Reduce the amount of environmentally sensitive substances used and emitted in business activities

Reduce & control use/emissions of environmentally hazardous chemical substances

・Reduced usage of environmentally sensitive substances to below the FY2017/03 level, thereby achieving the target.

・Reduced emissions of environmentally sensitive substances to below the FY2017/03 level, thereby achieving the target.

・Will continue working to reduce usage and emissions.

Biodiversity conservation Conduct biodiversity conservation and restoration by all of the Ricoh Group

a) Promote forest diversity conservation projects

a) Organized forestation activities in the Yanbaru forest in Okinawa in cooperation with local communities and customers.

b) Launch & manage 7 biodiversity conservation site projects with stakeholders

b) Selected two sites: Sakai City (Fukui Prefecture) and Nirasaki City (Yamanashi Prefecture). Held a kick-off meeting in Sakai City.

c) Initiate human capital development to promote biodiversity conservation activities which are engaged with stakeholders

c) Developed and carried out human capital development programs to promote biodiversity conservation activities in cooperation with stakeholders.

d) Promote biodiversity conservation activities in company-owned forests

d) Launched a new nature experience program for senior high school students. Continued the biology program for elementary school students as planned.

e) Promote biodiversity conservation activities with stakeholders

e) Presented the number of participating stakeholders and promoted activities.

f) Proactively use wood-based products carefully in consideration of biodiversity

f) Confirmed that sustainable procurement policies are being complied with regarding Ricoh’s wood-based products, such as copy paper and packaging paper. Will continue working to ensure compliance with Ricoh’s wood-based products procurement policy.

Enhance the basis for
environmental management
Promote the development of environmental technologies

Promote Ricoh Sustainable Products Program

・As of the end of March 2018, 81.4% of products (imaging products currently marketed in and outside of Japan) are certified with RSPP Product Rank, thereby achieving the target for FY2018/03.

Expand environmental business

Global deployment of Sustainability
Optimization Program

・Following introduction in Europe, introduced SOP in Asia, Oceania and Canada, to expand proposal activities to reduce TCO and environmental impact at customers’ sites. Started preparations for introducing SOP in the United States, Latin America and Japan in FY2017/03, and will start sales force training for this purpose in FY2018/03.

Promote environmental business development

・Launched a feasibility experiment project for oil reclamation using collected PET bottle caps at RICOH Eco Business Development Center.

・Signed a comprehensive cooperation agreement with the Gotemba City government primarily for advanced technology development. Started initiative to heat local spa facilities with wood biomass boilers.

Collaboration with stakeholders

Promote engagement with third parties toward sustainable society development

・Made a presentation to introduce Ricoh’s activities in a side event co-hosted by RE100 and CDP at COP23.

・Participated in a dialogue session with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of the Environment and European Commission’s climate action department through J-CLP.

・Participated in a subcommittee for the Ministry of the Environment’s Long-term Low-carbon Vision and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ climate change expert meetings to present industrial recommendations.

・Announced participation in Yokohama City’s Smart Zone Alliance.

Raise environment awareness among employees

・Organized the Global Eco Action in June 2017, holding a related symposium and a presentation of employee environmental declaration. Launched the Eco Action Award.

Promote activities which help improvement of suppliers’ management quality

・The total number of suppliers that have vigorously worked to reduce CO2 emissions in FY2018/03 reached five (target achieved). The combined amount of CO2 reduced by the five companies totaled 354 tons.