The catalogs of our production printers, such as the RICOH Pro C901/C901S, now display a Carbon Footprint of Products (CFP) label.
The CFP label indicates a product’s CO2-equivalent greenhouse gas emissions during its entire life cycle, from raw material procurement to disposal and recycling. Through this visualization, we intend to generate demand for lower carbon emissions and alter social behavior.
CFP is being adopted by many sectors, including the printing industry. For instance, it is included in the consideration points of the Green Purchasing Network’s guidelines for offset printing services, and some offset print materials already display CFP labels.
As printing increasingly shifts to an on-demand basis, the need for CFP labels on on-demand documents are likely to grow as well. The Ricoh Group is taking the initiative to promote CFP labeling by displaying the carbon footprint of our products on catalogs and helping printing companies who use Ricoh production printers meet requests from customers who want to include CFP labels in their printing orders.
The Ricoh Group has been utilizing a three-step process inclusive of carbon footprint (CFP) labelling to reduce the CO2 emissions for materials printed using production printers.
Step 1 - “Know”: Carbon footprint (CFP) labeling requires carefully calculating and then visualizing the CO2 emissions for printed materials.
Step 2 – “Reduce”: Energy-saving equipment and other means are used to reduce the CO2 emissions visualized by CFP
Step 3 – “Offset”: Ricoh returns to the national government the credits*2 it holds to offset the CO2 emissions for printed materials remaining after reduction efforts.
As a result of these efforts, the CO2 emissions for Ricoh’s production printer catalog have all been offset, and the catalog has been certified as a carbon offset product by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).
Carbon offset as well as CFP labeling are now among the items covered by the Green Purchasing Network’s Printing Service Ordering Guidelines. Ricoh is using carbon offset to meet customers’ green purchasing needs, and is working to popularize and promote the system. In parallel with efforts at its own locations, Ricoh has been conducting activities designed to popularize/promote similar efforts among customers engaged in the commercial printing business.