Environment and sustainability

Less is more with Ricoh

We see business, society and the planet as interconnected. Through our corporate initiatives as well as sustainable products and services for our customers, we’re treading lightly to take real action on nurturing our environment. 

Environmental management is an essential part of our business culture. We’re proud to be recognised with awards including ten consecutive years on the 'Global 100' list of the Most Sustainable Corporations.

Ricoh Global eco action

On a global scale, Ricoh’s promotion of sustainable environmental management focuses on the 4 pillars of:

  • energy conservation and the prevention of global warming
  • resource conservation and recycling
  • pollution prevention
  • conservation of biodiversity

Customer recycling and product options

We help our customers monitor and reduce waste, cost, complexity and CO2 to improve their environment and sustainability credentials.

Recycling consumables

Our consumable recycling program is free to our customers as part of our goal to reach zero waste-to-landfill. Setting the industry benchmark, the program has recycled over 1,104 tonnes of toner cartridges. The program includes a free pickup service for qualifying customers and a Reply Paid return service.

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Recycling machines and parts

We’ve always been ahead of the pack – we were recycling our machines and parts before there were regulations to do it. We don’t want our products ending up in landfill, so our recycling program covers end of life devices and spare parts from Ricoh devices or any third party machines. Since the program started, over 180 tonnes of devices have been recycled into reusable materials.

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Free carbon credits with Ricoh Finance

As part of our Ricoh Finance program, we automatically offset the greenhouse gas emissions of your device.

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Sustainability tools

Our tools help customers to monitor and reduce their environmental impact.

 

Track your carbon footprint

Ricoh's @Remote Green Reports allow users to track trends and report performance in energy and paper use across their print fleet to promote sustainability and cost effectiveness.

The @Remote system collects environmental data from Ricoh networked printers and MFDs at multiple locations, and securely transmits the information to a Ricoh data centre.

Green Calculator

Ricoh's Green Calculator starts with an estimate of your existing energy consumption across Ricoh and non-Ricoh devices. These are compared against new device options using typical electricity consumption (TEC) values – an independent energy usage indicator method developed by Energy Star. You can choose to display the values as:

  • kWh's of power consumed
  • CO2 emissions
  • electricity cost
  • how many trees that need to be planted to offset CO2 emissions

Sustainable products and services

Our product design, strategic sourcing and manufacturing are all optimised for sustainability and reducing CO2 emissions.

 

Product design

Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) identifies the environmental impact across the lifecycle of a product, from raw materials to disposal.

Using LCA-based design, we set targets to reduce the environmental impact of our products. This can be as simple as designing products to be smaller and lighter to conserve resources.

Strategic sourcing

Setting a green procurement framework for raw materials, parts and products ensures we work with suppliers who meet strict standards and help reduce the environmental impact of our products.

We’re continuing to work to reduce environmentally sensitive substances used in our products, and have established a Chemical Management System to comply with the REACH regulatory framework.

Manufacturing

We developed the RICO2RET system to minimise the environmental impact of our products. The system quickly identifies processes with high CO2 emissions and how to reduce them. For example, we developed a tin-free, low temperature fixing eco-toner with less environmental impact in the production process, called PxP toner. By fusing at lower temperatures, the PxP devices consume less energy without compromising print quality.


Our certifications

We’re proud to adopt national and international standards of best practice. All our Australian sites are certified in Quality and Environment Management.

Our ISO14001/2008 Quality Management System certification covers the systems for the sustainability of all activities undertaken by Ricoh Australia – including sales, distribution, service, technical support, the provision of managed services and the development of software solutions for optimising customer use of Ricoh devices.

We’re the first technology services-based organisation in Australia to achieve external certification as a carbon neutral organisation. Our carboNZeroCert™ certification recognises our understanding and management of our carbon footprint. Operating on a carbon neutral basis is key to our 'lead by example' approach to long term sustainability.

Our Emissions Management Reduction Plan targets our most significant carbon emissions, in order to achieve our ultimate goal to reduce our environmental footprint to one eighth of our year 2000 level by 2050.