Customers that engage with Ricoh Australia on a rental or finance basis from this announcement date will now be able to print and copy totally carbon neutral.
Under this arrangement and for the duration of the applicable lease, rental or hire purchase agreement, Ricoh Australia will offset the GHG emissions generated.* The company’s latest range of cut-sheet production printers, multifunction devices and printers are eligible for this service.
Ricoh Australia is also proud to announce it itself is a carboNZeroCertTM certified organisation, the first imaging technology services based organisation in Australia to achieve this status.
“This achievement is the latest in Ricoh’s long history of sustainability milestones and reflects our passionate commitment to the environment,” said Les Richardson, Managing Director, Ricoh Australia.
“We are dedicated to doing our part toward a more sustainable society and through this initiative we can help our customers with their own sustainability goals.”
This new carbon neutral printing service will also include an automated meter reading service and participation in Ricoh’s Consumable Recycling Programme.
Ricoh Australia’s approach to carbon neutral print services is drawing highly positive reaction from customers. Leading organisations including RMIT have already signed up for the service.
Neil Sigamoney, Deputy Director, Procurement, at RMIT comments, “RMIT University is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and providing a safe and ‘green’ university for students and staff.
The University has a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 25 per cent by 2020, based on a 2007 baseline. Our partnership with Ricoh Australia will help us reduce greenhouse gas emissions and foster a ‘think green’ culture within the University community.”
Ricoh Australia achieved carboNZero certification after being verified under the internationally accredited carboNZero programme. The process required the independent auditing of Ricoh Australia’s existing greenhouse gas footprint and emissions reduction activities. Quality accredited carbon credits have been purchased and cancelled to neutralise the organisation’s unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions it has not been able to reduce in Year 1 of the programme.
Ricoh Australia has previously pioneered programmes that set industry benchmarks for sustainability. This included developing a waste management programme – in line with their ‘Zero Waste to Landfill Policy’ - of recycling end-of-life machines and service parts to achieve up to a 98 per cent resource recovery rate. The company also recently launched its eco billboard in North Sydney, powered entirely by solar energy. Future initiatives include the building of a 5 star green star distribution centre in Eastern Creek in Sydney where Ricoh plan to increase recycling and remanufacturing activities.
*For more information on Ricoh Australia’s carboNZeroCertTM certification and their carboNZeroCertTM certified service for customers, visit ricoh.com.au/carbonneutral