TOKYO, June 5, 2015 — Ricoh today announced that it has received Silver ratings in the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) registry for 35 of its imaging equipment products marketed in India, including MFPs and printers. Ricoh is the first company to market MFPs and printers in the EPEAT imaging equipment category in India, reflecting the Company's awareness of the growing environmental movement in India.
EPEAT is a global environment rating system established to help buyers identify eco-friendly computers and other electronic products. Under the EPEAT system, products are measured against both required and optional criteria addressing resource conservation, energy conservation and the reduction/elimination of environmentally sensitive materials. Products must meet all 33 required environmental performance criteria and 26 additional optional criteria to qualify for ratings of Bronze, Silver or Gold. Ricoh has participated in this program since 2013, and currently markets 357 EPEAT-registered models in the U.S. (as of June 5, 2015)
Ricoh is emphasizing sustainable environmental management in striving to achieve its medium and long-term environmental impact reduction goals for 2020 and 2050. The Company is making special efforts in the field of energy conservation, prevention of global warming, resource conservation and recycling, and pollution prevention. (Note: The target for pollution prevention applies to 2020 only.) As part of our important focus on initiatives to achieve those goals, Ricoh has developed environmentally friendly products while promoting energy conservation, production of smaller and lighter products, resource circulation, and a reduction/elimination of environmentally sensitive substances. Meanwhile, it has actively acquired environmental labels in every region of the world—including the Blue Angel mark (Germany) and the Eco-Mark (Japan)—to provide customers with environmentally friendly products. EPEAT is regarded as one of the indispensable evaluations not only in satisfying the requirements for the supply to companies in India, but also to offer environmentally satisfactory products on the global market.