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 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, resulting in a more than 10% increase during the manufacturing phase. 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 past data.
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 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 products' 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 new electricity supply services to improve the standard rate of carbon dioxide emission, 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