We will transform our business model from long-term perspectives and contribute to social sustainability improvements.
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.
Setting goals using the back-casting method
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
・GHG Scope 1, 2*1
・GHG Scope 3*1
・Product resource conservation rate*2：50％
Note: Figures compared with 2015 levels
・Targeting zero GHG emissions across the entire value chain
・Product resource conservation rate: 93%
*1 Reduction Goals under Representative Concentration Pathways 2.6 emission scenario as adopted by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
・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)
*2 Product resource conservation rate
Rate of reduction in new resource inputs to total resource inputs
We will aim to reduce CO2 emissions through thorough energy conservation activities and proactive use of renewable energy.
● 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
● Lowering carbon dioxide emissions from business activities
About 70% of our operational carbon dioxide emissions stem from manufacturing-related activities. We focus on cutting emissions by improving production processes. Business units that produce toner and other consumables reduced emissions by around 700 metric tons in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017 by bolstering production efficiency and quality.
Becoming first Japanese company to join RE100
In April 2017, Ricoh began participating in RE100, an international initiative that seeks to increase the demand for and delivery of renewable energy. Having many companies on board with RE100 should boost demand for renewable energy, enhancing supplier and legal structures, and accelerating the widespread use of renewable energy.
RE 100 :
Companies collaborating in this global initiative seek to source 100% renewable electricity.
● Tapping renewable energy
We have opted for approaches that optimally accommodate sites and regional situations in our drive to tap renewable energy. These efforts include making renewable sources a high proportion of the electricity we buy and installing renewable power facilities. We are exploring the use of green certificates and other vehicles that have earned social acceptance.
In April 2017, Ricoh USA, Inc.
began operating a solar array that should provide for about half of the electrical needs of its New Jersey facility.
We will help materialize recycling-oriented societies by recycling our products and using resources efficiently to conserve them.
● Making products smaller and lighter
We conserve resources from the design stage to minimize inputs. For example, the RICOH MP C6003 color laser MFP delivers a footprint that is 37% smaller than that of conventional models and is more than 65% lighter, reflecting body frame weight reductions, the development of a smaller and lighter motor, and the use of plastics and metal sheeting that shave weight.
We are reusing products around the globe. In Japan, we recycle about 80% by weight of recovered products. Our recycled offerings match the quality standards of new ones.
● Materials recycling
Our recycled materials are made partly from recovered Ricoh products. We also draw on commercially recovered materials to develop recycled materials that can be used repeatedly, employing them in our products.
Collaborating to develop recycled materials
Electric furnace steel sheets
・Ricoh and Tokyo Steel Co., Ltd., developed steel sheet made completely from scrap
・Mechanical and other qualities make the sheets appropriate for use in MFPs
・Partnered with Nippon Steel & Sumikin Chemical Co., Ltd. to develop recycled plastics made from commercial recovered materials
・The high-grade plastics enhance the flame resistance and strength of MFPs
Under the 18th Environmental Action Plan that ended in March 2017, we focused on progress in three areas. The first was to reduce the environmental impact exerted by our customers, which we did through cuts from a year earlier in carbon dioxide emissions from product usage. The second was to enhance cooperation with stakeholders, in which regard we worked closely with various external organizations, suppliers, and employees in environmental initiatives. The third was to expand our environmental businesses, and here we globally optimized MFP reuse and recycling operations and deployed carbon offset proposals worldwide.
Under the 19th Environmental Action Plan launched in April 2017, we formulated priority strategies and targets to contribute further to business growth and corporate value by stepping up collaboration with society and other stakeholders. To combat global warming, we are undertaking companywide projects to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from our operations by conserving energy and leveraging renewables.
19th Environmental Action Plan
|Conserving energy and preventing global warming||Reducing carbon dioxide emissions through eco-friendly products and solutions||
・Conserve energy through Ricoh Sustainable Products Program
|Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from business activities||
・Cut emissions by improving processes and using electricity from renewable energy sources
|Resource conservation and recycling||Improve resource efficiency by implementing product 3Rs (reduce, reuse, and recycle)||
・Reduce new resource inputs to achieve 2020 environmental impact reduction goals
|Reduce waste discharges from business activities||
・Reduce waste from business activities
|Lower water consumption of business activities||
・Minimize consumption in business activities
|Pollution prevention||Reduce usage and emissions of environmentally hazardous chemical substances from business activities||
・Optimally manage usage and emissions of these substances
|Biodiversity conservation||Have all in the Group conserve and restore biodiversity||
・Progress with forest diversity conservation projects
・Launch and manage seven biodiversity conservation site projects with stakeholders
・Develop human resources to promote biodiversity conservation activities with stakeholder engagement
・Undertake biodiversity conservation activities with communities in company-owned forests
・Conduct biodiversity conservation activities with stakeholders
・Ensure that the use of wood-based products is conducive to biodiversity
|Enhance the basis for environmental management||Develop environmental technologies||
・Push forward with Ricoh Sustainable Products Program
|Expand environmental business||
・Globally deploy Sustainability Optimization Program
・Promote environmental business development
|Collaboration with stakeholders||
・Collaborate with external organizations to create a sustainable society
・Foster environmental awareness among employees
・Undertake activities that help supplier managements enhance quality
The RICOH Eco Business Development Center has accelerated its use of renewable energy and resource recycling endeavors since opening in 2016.
Helping preserve forests in Gotemba through local wood biomass production
The center runs a biomass boiler that burns woodchips from thinned timber waste in Gotemba, Shizuoka Prefecture. The boiler powers the site’s air-conditioning systems and hot water supply. We are working with the local government and residents to package this setup and roll it out nationwide as a business model for forest conservation and energy production.
Wood biomass boiler
Waste plastic liquefaction technology for recycling into oil and metals
It is challenging to disassemble and sort toner cartridges and bottles incorporating toner and metals. The center looks to recycle waste plastics through a liquefaction technology that thermally decomposes composites without sorting them. It will drive progress with this technology to build a local production and consumption model for resource recycling.
Micro-hydropower system harnessing small water flows
The center is conducting verification tests with a micro hydropower generation system that harnesses water flows from streams, irrigation canals, building piping, and other small water flow sources. For indoor tests, the center is using water flows from its air-conditioning piping. It is building a setup that harnesses agricultural water outdoors and is compact, light, and operates reliably at low cost.
Indoor testing with micro-hydropower system
Establishing a recycling model
The center disassembles, sorts, or recycles used products and cartridges and incorporates them in new and recycled offerings. This approach has delivered a recycling rate exceeding 99% for used products. In the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, the center received the Prime Minister’s Prize in the 3Rs Promotion Merit Awards in recognition of its efforts to spearhead reuse and recycling initiatives that Ricoh has undertaken over many years.