Ricoh Australia achieves carboNZeroCertTM recertification

Recertification reinforces Ricoh's commitment to reducing its carbon footprint
in line with its global sustainability objective

SYDNEY – 22 October 2015 – Ricoh Australia has achieved carboNZeroCertTM recertification, having successfully met the program’s annual surveillance requirements.

Ricoh Australia managed to reduce its emissions by 20 per cent per full-time equivalent (FTE) employee based on last year’s figures, and by 23 per cent based on its base year figures in 2011/12. This was despite integrating two companies, Ricoh and Lanier, under the Ricoh brand.

John Hall, Managing Director, Ricoh Australia, said, “Following the integration, staff numbers increased by 25 per cent and we had duplicate offices in most states. This naturally led to increased electricity usage, air travel, waste to landfill and so on. This resulted in an overall increase in organisational emissions by just six per cent: an outstanding result considering the much larger increase in resources.”

Ricoh Australia was the first Australian imaging company to achieve carboNZeroCertTM certification in 2013. It is one of many measures the company takes to reduce its impact on the environment. For example, Ricoh developed a waste management program to recycle end-of-life machines and service parts, which resulted in a resource recovery rate of up to 98 per cent.

“Ricoh’s global environmental objective is to reduce our environmental footprint globally to one- eighth of the 2000 level by 2050. Our sustainability strategy is directly linked to our company strategy. Our goal is to consistently maintain a leadership position in sustainability, lead by example, and inspire our customers to do the same,” said John Hall.

There are five key steps to achieving carboNZeroCertTM certification: measuring the company’s carbon footprint; managing the company’s greenhouse gas emissions; mitigating or offsetting unavoidable emissions; verifying measurements independently; and communicating with the marketplace.

The independent program, accredited to ISO14065, is New Zealand’s most respected and trusted science-based environmental certification organisation. Ricoh Australia’s emissions this year were 8716.80 tCO2e, which is six per cent higher than last year’s total of 8238.56 tCO2e and eight per cent higher than the base year total of 8106.58 tCO2e.

The company’s emissions per FTE (tCO2e/FTE) have reduced by 20 per cent this year to 8.05 tCO2e from 10.13 tCO2e in 2013/14, and by 23 per cent from 10.38 in the company’s base year of 2011/12.

 

About Ricoh

Ricoh is a global technology company specialising in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the company's revenue comes from products, solutions and services that improve the interaction between people and information. Ricoh also produces award-winning digital cameras and specialised industrial products. It is known for the quality of its technology, the exceptional standard of its customer service and sustainability initiatives.

Under its corporate tagline, imagine. change. Ricoh helps companies transform the way they work and harness the collective imagination of their employees.

For further information, please visit http://www.ricoh.com.au

Press Contact

Kate Marshall, Corporate Communications Manager
Ricoh Australia
Tel: 02 8977 1477 | katemarshall@ricoh.com.au

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