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Ricoh’ Initiatives in Energy Management and Biodiversity Protection


Name of the Company: Ricoh Company Ltd

Founded: 1936

Industry type: Electronics, Digital Imaging and Photography

Headquarters:  ChūōTokyo, Japan

Revenue:  US$ 21.5 billion (2010)

Ricoh Company Ltd is a Japanese multinational imaging and electronics company with headquarters located in Ricoh Building in Chūō, Tokyo.

The Ricoh Group develops and implements action plans focusing on the four key areas specified in their CSR Charter:

  1. Integrity in corporate activities,
  2. Harmony with the environment,
  3. Respect for people,
  4. Harmony with society

Ricoh’ environment CSR activities include:

  • Energy Conservation Acts for Plant Operations
  • Roof top solar systems for Electricity, Environmental Quality & Cost
  • Diverse Measures for Energy Efficiency and Conservation at Thailand Plant
  • Synthetic Input Free Maintenance of Ricoh Office Vegetation and Biodiversity
  • Ricoh’ Worldwide view on Conservation of Forests
  • Installation of an Eco-Billboard in London
  • Efforts to Rescue Natural Eco-system in China
  • Energy Conservation Acts for Plant Operations

Ricoh Fukui Plant carried out an energy conservation act through fuel switch from kerosene to natural gas and also introduced gas-engine-type cogeneration system in 2005 to tap residual heat of engines for its operations. These have led to about 5,000-ton reduction in CO2 annually, which translates into a 20% reduction in the Plant’s total GHG emissions.

Exterior view of co-generation system with liquefied natural gas tank at left

  • Roof Top Solar Systems for Electricity, Environmental Quality & Cost

Ricoh’ subsidiary plant in Southern California, USA has installed a roof top solar panel system with 1000 solar modules for firm’s operation. After installation of this alternate energy source, plant can address 10% of total energy demands and also reduce CO2 emissions and cut electricity cost by 98.1 tons and 56,000 dollars per year respectively.

Roof-top solar modules at Ricoh, USA 

  • Diverse Measures for Energy Efficiency and Conservation at Thailand Plant

Ricoh manufacturing division at Thailand has incorporated multiple energy efficient practices to regulate its dependency on external sources. Most important segments that show modifications for energy saving include natural lighting and ventilation systems, efficient air-conditioning system with water cooling freezers, an insulated roof, heat-reflective glass panels, and occupancy sensors. Through these initiatives the plant has managed to mitigate over 250 tons of CO2.

Provision for natural sunlight in manufacturing plant

  • Synthetic Input Free Maintenance of Ricoh Office Vegetation and Biodiversity

To maintain lush green vegetation around the Ricoh’s Ohmori Office premises in Japan, integrated pest management was adopted with assistance from a green management company which resulted in chemical pesticide usage to less than 0.17%. Such promising outcomes have made the corporate to further follow it up in other office locations also to improve landscape bio-diversity.

  • Ricoh’ Worldwide view on Conservation of Forests

Ricoh is strongly oriented towards the conservation of forest ecosystems around the world since 2000. The corporate in alliance with NGOs across countries intends to develop a harmonious relation between local residents and their forest environment.

Projects in operation with Ricoh

Year

Country

Project Name & NGO Partner

Nov, 2001 Japan Nagano Kurohime Afan Forest Conservation/C. W. Nicol Afan Forest Foundation
Nov, 2001 Japan Conservation of the Yanbaru Forest in Okinawa/Yanbaru Forest Trust
Mar, 2002 Ghana Restoration of tropical rain forests/Conservation International
May,2004 Russia Conservation of Taiga, the northern limit habitat of tigers/Friends of the Earth Japan (FoE Japan)
Aug, 2007 China Conservation of biodiversity at the Three Parallel Rivers, a World Heritage Site/Asia Green-Culture Association
Aug, 2007 Brazil Restoration of forests in Boa Nova, lowland tropical forests along the Atlantic coast/BirdLife International Asia Division
Jul, 2011 Malaysia Revitalization of mangrove forests on the north-central Selangor coast/Birdlife International Asia Division
  • Installation of an Eco-Billboard in London

In 2001, Ricoh unveiled an advertising billboard powered by 100% renewable energy, located about halfway between Heathrow airport and central London. It has an efficient integration of solar and wind hybrid energy systems with 96 solar panels and five wind propellers respectively to generate approximately 12.6 kWh/day.

Eco-Billboard at London

  • Efforts to Rescue Natural Eco-system in China

In 2004, Ricoh Asia Industry (Shenzhen) Ltd. (RAI) started a project to remove an exotic killer plant, Mikania micrantha from the Shenzhen Park in China to protect local biodiversity. Initially it was started as a small social commitment with only 20 people but by 2008 it became a mega project involving volunteers from the Ricoh Group’s manufacturing and sales firms located in South China to rescue the native floral environment.

Team for uprooting killer plant from Chinese parks 

Highlights

  • Ricoh has retrofitted systems for fuel switch and incorporation of waste heat recovery technologies to regulate fuel consumption and costs of power in Japan.
  • Ricoh’ subsidiary in USA has installed roof-top solar to meet its energy demands and control GHG emissions.
  • Implementation of numerous energy saving measures for lighting, heat transfer and ventilation at Ricoh’ manufacturing facility in Thailand led to mitigation of 250 tons of CO2 emissions.
  • Adoption of Integrated Pest Management has significantly enabled the Ricoh’s office in Japan to reduce chemical pesticides use for green vegetation around office premises.
  • Ricoh’ commitment to forest conservation has made to support the environmental NGOs through projects across different continents.
  • Rico launched world’s first eco-billboard in London that operates completely with wind and solar energy sources.
  • The corporate has greatly expanded the removal of killer weed plant from Parks of China to protect native plants where its unit functions.

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