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Strategy -Environmental Action Plan and Results-

The Ricoh Group's 17th Environmental Action Plan (FY 2011-2013)

* Results of Fiscal 2012
1.Energy Conservation/ Prevention of Global Warming 1) Reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by production activities.
  • Reduce CO2 emissions related to energy use.
    [Targets : Reduce to the fiscal 2010 level or below (298,000 tons-CO2 or less).]
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Reduced to 291,000 tons-CO2 compared to 324,000 tons-CO2 set for fiscal 2012,already achieving the fiscal 2013 target.
Will continue to maintain the less-than-298,000 tons-CO2 level.
  • Reduce emissions of greenhouse gases other than CO2.
    [Targets : Reduce by 38% compared with the fiscal 2000 level to less than 25,200 tons-CO2, even accounting for increases related to the expansion of business.]
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Reduced to 18,500 tons-CO2 compared to 29,100 tons-CO2 set for fiscal 2012, already achieving the fiscal 2013 target. Will continue to maintain the less-than-25,200 tons-CO2 level.
2) Reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by logistics activities.
  • Reduce the total amount of greenhouse gases emitted by Ricoh Logistics System in connection with its operations.
    [Targets : Reduce by 21% compared with the fiscal 2000 level to less than 7,600 tons.]
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Increased by 500 tons-CO2 from fiscal 2011 to 9,000 tons-CO2.
Will work to achieve the fiscal 2013 target.
3) Reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by sales and maintenance activities.
  • Reduce the amount of CO2 emitted in relation to the use of energy in sales and maintenance activities.
    [Targets : Reduce by 21.5% compared with the fiscal 2000 level to less than 38,000 tons.]
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Reduced 2,000 tons-CO2 from fiscal 2011 to 33,000 tons-CO2, achieving the fiscal 2013 target as we already did last year.
Will continue to maintain the less-than-38,000 tons-CO2 level.
  • Monitor the amount of CO2 emitted in relation to the use of energy in sales and maintenance activities and establish reduction targets by the end of fiscal 2011.
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Completed the collection of data for our buildings in fiscal 2011. Data collection for other buildings was ongoing in fiscal 2012. Currently, we have achieved around 50% of data collection for all the target sites.
Will continue to improve the collection rate in fiscal 2013.
  • Attain the established targets above.
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Plans to examine the targets during fiscal 2013.
4) Reduce CO2 emissions related to energy consumption of Ricoh products.
  • Develop products that can meet the mid-term environmental impact reduction goals.
    [Targets : Attain the total CO2 emissions reduction targets set for fiscal 2013 related to product energy consumption.]
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Achieved the fiscal 2012 energy consumption targets for products released during fiscal 2012.
  • Encourage customers to use the energy-saving mode.
    [Targets : Conduct activities to promote use of the energy-saving mode.]
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Provided customers with advice and suggestions on using the energy-saving mode more effectively. The customer feedback was provided for our product developers to use in future product development. The feedback was also used in examining further practices for the reduction of environmental impact.
5) Reduce CO2 emissions by encouraging the effective use of paper resources in relation to product use.
  • Improve paper use reduction rate by promoting duplex and multiple-page function utilization.
    [Targets : Conduct activities to promote duplex and multiple-page function utilizations.]
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Conducted activities to help customers reduce paper use effectively by promoting duplex and multi-page functions of Multi Function Printers (MFPs).
6) Develop environmental technologies aimed at reducing mid- and long-term environmental impact.
  • Develop energy-saving technologies to help achieve the Year 2020 Mid-Term Environmental Impact Reduction Goals.
    [Targets : Engage in the development of energy-saving technology with the potential to contribute to achieving the Year 2020 Mid-Term Environmental Impact Reduction Goals. (Reduce the total lifecycle CO2 emissions by the Ricoh Group by 30% from the fiscal 2000 level.)]
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Working to further improve technologies that can enhance energy-saving functions, and develop energy management technologies that will enable the realization of smart offices.
2.Resource Conservation and Recycling 1) Achieve greater reduction in input of new resources.
  • Reduce input of new resources by implementing 3Rs and switching to alternative resources.
    [Targets : Increase reduction amount fivefold or more compared to the fiscal 2007 level.]
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Adopted electric furnace steel sheets developed to be used in office equipment for products released during fiscal 2012.
Plans to implement a range of measures to reduce input of new resources, from expanded use of electric furnace steel sheets in products and increased sales of recycled products to development of downsized products.
2) Contribute to reduction in input of new materials and parts by conducting sales activities for recycled products.
  • Increase reuse of products.
    [Targets : 14,000 t/year in fiscal 2013 (global total)]
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Achieved 7,042 tons in fiscal 2012. Through the expansion of our reconditioned copier business we will continue working to improve effective use of resources, increase reuse of products and reduce input of new resources.
  • Improve product recovery rates.
    [Targets : Conduct activities to promote product recovery. Disclose recovery data.]
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Identified global recovery rates for copiers and toner cartridges and disclosed the data through the Eco Balance scheme.
Will continue working to promote product recovery.
3) Reduce waste.
  • Reduce waste generated from the thermal media business.
    [Targets : Reduce waste proportionate to production volume by 26% from the fiscal 2007 level.]
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Reduced by 6.2% in fiscal 2012 compared to fiscal 2007.
Will continue waste reduction activities to achieve the 2013 targets.
  • Reduce waste in manufacture of polymerized toners.
    [Targets : Reduce waste proportionate to production volume by 22% from the fiscal 2007 level.]
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Reduced by 26.7% in fiscal 2012 compared to fiscal 2007, already achieving the fiscal 2013 target.
Will continue waste reduction activities to maintain the better-than-target rate.
  • Reduce packaging material waste (cardboard).
    [Targets : Reduce the amount of waste packaging materials for imaging equipment generated per production volume by 6% from the fiscal 2010 level.]
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Reduced by 12.8% in fiscal 2012 compared to fiscal 2010, already achieving the fiscal 2013 target.
Will continue waste reduction activities to maintain the better-than-target rate.
4) Promote approapriate use of water
  • Reduce use of (virgin) water resources .
    [Targets : Reduce water use to 4,400,000 tons or less (reduce use per sales by 11% from fiscal 2010 level).]
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Two overseas plants were added in fiscal 2012 and water use was 4,290 tons, an increase of 6.8% compared to fiscal 2010, while the use per sales unit was up by 7.7%.
Will continue activities to meet the fiscal 2013 target levels.
3.Pollution Prevention 1) Establish a more comprehensive risk assessment system by evaluating risks related to chemicals, including environmental and ecological impact.
  • Establish a risk management system for chemical substances that is applicable worldwide.
    [Targets : Establish risk assessment techniques to estimate risks to ecosystems posed by chemical substances emitted into the environment during the manufacturing process. Based on the findings, take measures to manage and reduce the risks.]
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Examining the methods for assessing risks in each life cycle stage of all chemical substances from material procurement through to disposal.
2) Reduce the use and emission of environmentally sensitive substances.
  • Reduce the amounts of environmentally sensitive substances used and emitted.
    [Targets : Reduce use and emission amount (converted value) by 75% and 90%, respectively, from the fiscal 2000 levels.]
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Reduced use and emission amount by 79.9% and 94.1%, respectively compared to fiscal 2000, by replacing with less harmful chemicals and increasing recycled use of solvents, etc, thus reaching the target.
  • [Targets : Establish a weighting method for hazard levels set in GHS and establish reduction targets for the converted use and emissions based on the GHS.]
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As there is a need to try and coordinate with the risk assessment methods in 1) above, it has been decided that the evaluation will be postponed to be conducted during the next medium-term plan.
3) Improve environmental functions of products.
  • Reinforce measures to reduce chemical emissions.
    [Targets : Comply with the Ricoh Standards for ozone, dust and VOCs. These standards meet the Blue Angel requirements.]
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Modified the Ricoh Standards for emissions of environmentally sensitive substances contained in products in compliance with the Blue Angel requirements that took effect in January 2007. Complied with the modified standards for ozone, dust and VOCs associated with substances emitted by copiers, MFPs and printers used in offices.
4.Biodiversity Conservation 1) Contribute to maintaining and restoring the Earth's self-recovery capabilities.
  • Implement corporate social responsibility programs to preserve biodiversity.
    [Targets : Implement corporate social responsibility programs within the Ricoh Group.]
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Conducted biodiversity conservation activities, including planting, conserving rural landscape, and river/forest cleanup, which were organized by group companies in 21 countries.
2) Implement programs to care for biodiversity within the premises of Ricoh plants.
  • Identify impact on biodiversity within the premises of Ricoh plants and reduce the impact.
    [Targets : Develop guidelines for the management of Ricoh Group’s operational sites and ensure that all Ricoh Group operational sites manage their premises in accordance with the guidelines.]
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Newly included in the site management guideline provisions on removal of invasive alien species and reduced use of chemical pesticides. Began management under the modified guidelines at group sites in fiscal 2012. In fiscal 2012 at the Omori Office and 14 other locations no chemical pesticides were used and only pesticides complying with IPM* are used in the management of premises.
  • *Pesticides with a low negative impact on the ecosystem according to the IPM (Integrated Pest Management) concept.

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