Conserving the biodiversity of office and factory premises
- Japan/Ricoh Co., Ltd.
At the Ricoh Group’s office and factories around the world, green space and greenery constitute an important part of these business sites. Some locations even have lush green forests within their premises. To conserve the biodiversity of such natural environment within our properties, the current Environmental Action Plan, effective for three years from fiscal 2011, calls for: (1) higher greenery coverage, (2) removal of invasive alien species, and (3) minimal use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers.
Managing office and factory premises using the IPM method
- Japan/Ricoh Ohmori Office
Continued use of chemical pesticides and fertilizes to maintain green space will make the place an unsuitable habitat for a wide variety of creatures. In light of this finding of our monitoring of the creatures inhabiting the premises of the Ricoh Ohmori Office, we started to manage the green space in the office under the approach of integrated
pest management (IPM)*, a comprehensive approach to pest and weed management with minimal use of chemicals, in fiscal 2010. We are currently experimenting with IPM with the aim of recovering the health of the ecosystem of our premises. From fiscal 2011, periodical monitoring of the green space in question will begin to assess the
effects and challenges of IPM. Based on the assessment results, we will be formulating a green space management manual and follow the instructions specified therein to maintain greenery in our office and factory premises around the world.
*Integrated pest management: An integrated approach for pest and weed control, which has been internationally adopted in agricultural operations in recent years. IPM adopts an optimal combination of pest and weed prevention and control means based on the consideration of every possible technique available. It aims to reduce the use of pesticides and other chemicals to minimal levels while at the same time preventing the proliferation and growth of pests and weeds and reducing and minimizing hazards to human health and the environment. Major IPM components include:
•Physical control: Using light, sound, heat and mechanical methods;
•Chemical control: Applying chemicals derived from natural ingredients;
•Biological control: Introducing natural enemies of target pests; and
•Cultivation control: Improving the quality of soil (e.g. enhancing drainage and ventilation)
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