Registration in the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)
Thirty-one models, the greatest number in the industry, are rated as Gold and registered in EPEAT, a global environmental standard.
- Global/Ricoh Group
The Ricoh Group supports a new environmental rating system in the USA known as "EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool)." As of September 12, 2013, a total of 92 multifunctional copiers and printers manufactured by us were successfully registered in EPEAT. Of these 92 models, 31 were registered as "Gold," 60 as “Silver,” and one as “Bronze.” Of the 55 models that are rated as “Gold” in the industry, a majority of them (31 models) are manufactured by us. This is the highest achievement in the industry.
EPEAT, an environmental rating system, was established for the purpose of developing markets for environmentally friendly products and promoting the sales of such products, and has been adopted as a requirement for procurement by the US federal government since 2006. Municipalities and educational institutions in the USA and the governments of Canada, Australia, and New Zealand now preferentially procure EPEAT-registered products. Since February 2013, imaging equipment such as multifunctional copiers and printers has also been rated and registered in EPEAT. Compared with the existing environmental standards, EPEAT evaluates various factors including not only the environmental performance of products such as resource-saving characteristics, energy-saving characteristics, and the reduction/elimination of environmentally sensitive materials, but also environment-related activities of the companies that manufacture the products. Products themselves are rated as “Gold,” “Silver,” or “Bronze” depending on how well they satisfy certain criteria.
The Ricoh Group has promoted environmental management, set high goals for itself (for example, electricity consumed by products while they are in sleep mode must be less than 1 W, and at least 75% of collected consumables must be recycled), developed technologies, and engaged in environmental activities. In addition, since 2010, the Ricoh Group has participated in the EPEAT Criteria Planning Working Group, actively cooperating with NGOs and government procurement officers from various countries (mainly from the USA) to establish EPEAT criteria.
As a result, products of the Ricoh Group have quickly met the strict EPEAT criteria, and the 92 multifunctional copier and printer models, the greatest number in the industry, were successfully registered in EPEAT. We are aiming for all leading models released in the future to be rated as “Gold.” We will strengthen market competitiveness by offering more environmentally friendly products, and closely work with our customers to contribute to preservation of the global environment.
Number of products registered in EPEAT
|Multifunctional copiers and Printers||31||60||1||92|
As of September 12, 2013
[Opinions from employees]
31 models, the greatest number in the industry, are rated as "Gold" and registered in EPEAT.
"This is what only Ricoh, a company practicing sustainable environmental management, can achieve."
Since February 2013, imaging equipment products have been rated and registered in "EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool), a new environmental rating system in the USA. EPEAT employs environmental criteria to evaluate various product factors, including their energy saving characteristics, resource saving, reduction/elimination of environmentally sensitive materials, recyclability, in addition to the environment-related activities of companies. These criteria are adopted as requirements for procurement by governments of various countries such as the USA, Canada, and Australia. EPEAT has been drawing worldwide attention in terms of not only the severity of the criteria employed, but also the impact on the market.
In 2010, the Ricoh Group participated in and began to cooperate with the EPEAT Criteria Planning Working Group that was being organized in the USA in order to establish the required criteria. Responding to this movement, Ricoh launched in-house EPEAT Study Sessions and an EPEAT Consideration Committee comprised of in-house experts on the development of imaging equipment. Even before formal standardization of the EPEAT criteria, we began developing products that would be in compliance at the beginning of 2011.
As a result of these actions, a total of 92 multifunctional copiers and printers manufactured by Ricoh were successfully registered as of September 4. Of these, 31 models were registered as "Gold," which is the highest achievement in the industry.
Below are reports and impressions about EPEAT-related activities from our employees working in the fields of design, development, procurement, recycling, and others, who have been directly committed to ensuring product compliance with EPEAT criteria.
"The 'Gold' rating is obtained as a result of consistent environment-related efforts and accumulated environmental awareness of our designers."
2nd Designing Center, MFP Business Group
In addition to performing their primary task, which is designing, the MFP (multifunction printers) designers of Ricoh carry out daily activities such as: Reviewing past documents on environmental measures; registering information on the environmental IT infrastructure; sharing the registered information; and setting environmental impact reduction goals according to product themes. For designing and developing new models equipped with superior environmental performance, effort and awareness that are rooted and accumulate in each employee through company-wide environmental conservation activities have served as the steam engine. Accumulated efforts and awareness have driven each of us to set concrete goals and take specific actions so as to achieve high environmental performance. As a result, products that meet the EPEAT criteria have now been produced. We always aim to develop new products (to be sold in the future) that will be rated as "Gold."
"The mission of Ricoh's designers is to deliver products with less environmental impact to markets all over the world."
3rd PM Section, Products Management Department, Business Strategy Center, Printer Business Group
In order to develop products that comply with EPEAT criteria, employees in the Shenzhen Development Center, Ricoh Imaging Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.(RITS), have worked remarkably well together.
Generally in the past, parts were procured by procurement officers. Now, however, designers work with procurement officers to accomplish this task. For example, designers play a leading role in changing materials used for parts or units so as to improve their environmental performance. The designers themselves negotiate with suppliers on material changes, ultimately leading to a reduction in environmental impact.
The designers and developers of RITS made utmost efforts while bearing the following in mind: "Since Ricoh is a company that must be a top runner in the field of environmental friendliness, it is natural for us to design and develop products with the lowest environmental impact." Such efforts are being made all over the world. I believe that these efforts have produced measurable results such as the registration of many products in EPEAT. The mission of Ricoh's designers is to deliver products with less environmental impact to markets all over the world. We will make the utmost efforts to produce products that are eligible to carry the Ricoh brand.
"We fully utilized the data, accumulated in MFP environmental impact reduction activities, for production printers."
CS Designing Center, PP Development Center, PP Business Group
Compared with MFP and printers, our PP (production printing) products have a short history. In order to make our PP products comply with the EPEAT criteria, we can fully utilize resources such as (a) the data accumulated through environmental load reduction activities in our Group, (b) the life cycle assessment (LCA) calculation tool established by the CSR/Environmental Management Division, and (c) the data accumulated through activities undertaken to comply with the EU REACH Regulation. These resources were significant advantages to us.
I will continue to place trust in my co-workers with whom I have been cooperating and steadily carry out my tasks. I believe that these kinds of consistent efforts will quickly make Ricoh "a true top runner in the field of environmental friendliness.”
"We have naturally complied with the EPEAT criteria by utilizing a chemical substance management system that we established in cooperation with our suppliers."
Procurement Management Group, Procurement Strategy Office, Ricoh's Global Procurement Headquarters
By closely cooperating with its suppliers, the Ricoh Group has since 2004 established a system of managing and reducing environmentally-sensitive substances. Since 2009, we have made full use of a database, "Ravender-Net," with which we manage information on orders and design in cooperation with our suppliers, to thoroughly examine the content of chemical substances in product parts. Furthermore, we have been a pioneer in complying with the EU REACH Regulation. Based on these past experiences, we are able to naturally perform our tasks without having the sense that we are "doing something special," to have our products registered in EPEAT. I am grateful for the efforts of senior staff and suppliers who have established the above systems. Ricoh has been a pioneer in anticipating environmental regulation trends and in taking necessary actions. I would like more people to know about many of the environment-related efforts made by the Ricoh Group.
"Thanks to Recyclable Design, our products were quickly registered as 'Gold'."
2nd Designing Center, MFP Business Group
The EPEAT criteria contain requirements such as "easily recyclable" and "easy to be taken apart."
In 1993, the Ricoh Group established the "Policy on Recyclable Design." Since then, we have set original high standards to improve the recyclability of parts. In order to promote recycling, the "Policy on Recyclable Design" specifies various prohibited substances in detail. It also contains many items that are dedicated to each country or region. Thanks to Recyclable Design, our products were able to smoothly comply with EPEAT criteria, with some able to be rated as "Gold" from the start of their registration. However, obtaining a "Gold" rating is not our goal. From now on, we will pursue products with superior environmental performance.
- 1.For the registration of our products in EPEAT, Mr. Harumi Takahashi and Mr. Kazufumi Kibe of the QAC Safety Engineering Center as well as other members of Quality Management Division provided significant support to departments involved in product designing.
- 2.The affiliations of the employees above are as of April 2013.
- 3.QAC stands for “Quality Assurance Center,” MFP for “Multi Function Printer,” and PM for “Product Management.”