The Ricoh Group quantifies its lifecycle environmental impact by utilizing process-by-process input and output data on energy and environmentally-sensitive substances, collected with the Sustainable Environmental Management Information System. Eco Balance represents a list of such data and is used for formulating environmental action plans by abstracting Ricoh Group business operations and processes with large environmental footprints.
Reducing environmental impact using measures that will lead to the creation of benefits is crucial to promoting sustainable environmental management. The Ricoh Group uses environmental accounting to determine what measures should be taken for what processes and for what operations so that the maximum effect can be obtained. A number of improvement plans to reduce the identified environmental impact are examined in consideration of developments in society and changes in laws/regulations as well as the activities of competitors to improve processes generating large environmental impact identified by Eco Balance. In the evaluation process, we simulate how much environmental impact is reduced and how much profit is created compared with the costs for each measure, while surveying the results of the individual measures.
Eco Balance（Material Balance）
Eco Balance means the preparation of a list of input and output data on environmental impact to identify, quantitatively measure, and report environmental impact caused by companies; or such a list itself. It is based upon the same concept as LCA of corporate activities, and direct environmental impact of the company as well as indirect environmental impact of upstream and downstream operators is calculated.