We established Medium-Term Environmental Impact Reduction Goals in three areas—energy conservation and prevention of global warming, resource conservation and recycling, and pollution prevention—as 2020 mileposts toward our long-term destination. Based on these goals, we prioritize activities according to such criteria connected to business strategies and futuregrowth potential, and promote practical activities throughout the Ricoh Group.
We seek to reduce total lifecycle CO2 emissions by 30% (from the 2000 level) by 2020, and we surpassed the goal in fiscal 2014, with a reduction of 35.8%.
Following this achievement of the goal, we will continue working to keep the emissions below the attained target level while expanding our business.
(For more details, refer to the related descriptions down below.)
We aim to reduce the input of new resources in product manufacturing by 25% (from the 2007 level) by 2020. In fiscal 2014, our efforts culminated in a decrease of 17.5%, reflecting success in producingsmaller and lighter products, the wider use of electricfurnace steel sheets and reclaimed resin in products, and expanded sales of recycled products.
Going forward, we will continue making efforts to attain the above goal while achieving business growth.
Our goal is to minimize risks from chemical substances throughout the product lifecycle by 2020, in compliance with the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), a global policy framework to foster the sound management of chemicals. We constantly improve our compliance program to apply the SAICM concept to various national and international regulations, includingREACH, the Framework for the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals, established by the European Union. As a result of our efforts, in fiscal 2014 we achieved a zero incident rate.
Going forward, we will consider risk evaluation techniques for each stage of the product lifecycle and strive to minimize risk.
In fiscal 2014, we achieved a 35.8% reduction from the fiscal 2000 level; however, compared to fiscal 2013, this result translated into a slight increase of 1.9%. This was primarily attributable to a larger sales volume of laser printers as well as the unfavorable change in the standard rate of carbon dioxide emission in Japan. This increase was more than offset by our reduction efforts, particularly through the development of energy-saving products aimed at lowering emissions during the use phase, which effectively worked to reduce our CO2 emissions growth. The fiscal 2014 figure indicates that overall performance was kept below the 2020 medium-term target level. (See Graph 1).
Graph 1. Change in Total Lifecycle CO2 emissions
* The above graph was updated by adding data for fiscal 2014 and making necessary corrections to data for fiscal 2013.
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(See Graph 2), thereby sufficiently offsetting increases resulting from a larger number of units sold over the years.
For LPs, 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 products' lifecycle CO2 emissions encompass lifecycle phases other than the use phase as well.
In the procurement phase, we are endeavoring to reduce CO2 emissions resulting from the mining and processing of raw materials by promoting 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) activities for products and reducing the amount of new input of resources. In the manufacturing phase as well as the distribution/logistics phase, we are making efforts to reduce CO2 emissions through continued activities to improve environmental performance.
We plan to continue activities to reduce CO2 emissions during each phase, develop additional environmental technologies, and introduce electricity provided by new power producers and suppliers (PPSs) 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 2. Change in average TEC*1 for digital full color MFPs