The Ricoh Group aims to reduce its products’ total lifecycle CO2 emissions by 30% from the fiscal 2000 level by 2020, a medium-term environmental impact reduction goal set under sustainable environmental management policy.
In fiscal 2013, we achieved a 37.3% reduction from the fiscal 2000 level despite increased emissions due to expansion in manufacturing and sales volume, which was more than offset by our reduction efforts. The figure indicates that the overall performance for the year was kept below the 2020 target level. (See Graph 1).
In fiscal 2000, we determined that with regard to CO2 emissions, out of the total product lifecycle, a sizable 62% was attributable to the use phase. Having defined product use as a priority area, we then began to focus efforts on improving the energy-saving functions of multifunction printers (MFPs) and Laser printers (LPs), our major imaging products.
Years of effort since then have achieved considerable results. For digital full-color MFPs, we developed original color QSU technology, a key built-in energy-saving function that has helped reduce CO2 levels emitted during the use phase, thereby sufficiently offsetting increases resulting from a larger number of units sold over the years (See Graph 2).
For Laser Printers, a key category for which we expect a substantial sales expansion in emerging markets in the coming years, we will work to raise energy-saving performance to lower total emissions despite expected business expansion.
Our efforts at reducing product lifecycle CO2 emissions encompass lifecycle phases other than the use phase as well. In addition to continued activities to improve environmental performance and developing relevant technologies, we plan to introduce electricity provided by new power producers and suppliers (PPPs) to improve the basic unit of calculation, seeking to ensure that the medium-term target levels will continuously be met under sustainable environmental management policy.
Graph 1. Change in Total Lifecycle CO2 emissions
Graph 2. Change in TEC*1 for Digital Full Color MFPs