Ricoh joins EPEAT Imaging Equipment Program to promote green purchasing

   Ricoh joins EPEAT Imaging Equipment Program to promote green purchasing

Rigorous Gold, Silver and Bronze ratings help simplify office equipment
purchasing decisions for organizations that value sustainability

PR Newswire

MALVERN, Pa., Feb. 12, 2013

MALVERN, Pa., Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Every business wants to be green,
but it can be harder than it looks. When you're purchasing office equipment,
for example, how do you determine which ones are the greenest?

To simplify and promote green purchasing, Ricoh Americas Corporation today
detailed its participation in the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment
Tool (EPEAT) program, the definitive global registry for greener electronics
(www.epeat.net/). For the past three years, Ricoh has worked with EPEAT and
other stakeholders to develop 59 definitive environmental criteria for Imaging
Equipment. Today, the EPEAT registry expanded to include devices such as
printers, copiers, multi-function products and other equipment.

EPEAT is a comprehensive green purchasing standard based upon environmental
design attributes, such as, energy efficiency, recycled and recyclable
materials, product longevity, packaging, and environmental programs a
manufacturer has in place. EPEAT provides purchasers the capability to easily
compare environmental performance and practices of various manufacturers in a
standardized format.

"The EPEAT registry will help technology buyers make smart purchases that
advance their company's sustainability initiatives, reducing their
environmental footprint and resulting costs," said Jay Dizzine, Vice
President, Technology Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. "Without EPEAT,
it can be time-consuming, difficult and confusing for purchasing professionals
to wade through all the specifications that may factor into sustainability or
comprehend a manufacturer's environmental program for the entire lifecycle of
a product. We have Gold- and Silver-rated products today with many more to
come, exemplifying our commitment to global leadership in environmental
sustainability and the partnership with our customers."

For more than six years, EPEAT has helped companies, governments and consumers
compare and purchase greener PCs and monitors, resulting in significant
environmental benefits. Today's expansion into imaging equipment was heralded
by congressional leaders, environmental groups, leading manufacturers and
institutional purchasers.

"I applaud Ricoh for registering such a diverse range of products in EPEAT's
new Imaging Equipment category," said Robert Frisbee, EPEAT CEO. "Ricoh's
proactive decision to embrace the EPEAT standards shows their commitment to
environmental excellence across their product lines."

EPEAT's impact
To be added to the EPEAT Bronze registry, an imaging device must meet at least
33 required environmental performance criteria. Products may achieve higher
Silver and Gold ratings by meeting up to 26 additional optional criteria. The
rating criteria were developed during a four-year stakeholder consensus
process that involved hundreds of representatives from the environmental,
research, governmental and manufacturing sectors.

According to EPEAT:

  oEPEAT's original PC/Monitor rating system is used as an environmental
    requirement by eight national governments, including the United States,
    and thousands of purchasers worldwide. Purchase contracts that require
    EPEAT registration exceed $65 billion. More than 50 manufacturers have
    registered their "greener" PCs, monitors, copiers, printers and scanners
    in more than 40 countries. More than 533 million EPEAT-registered products
    have been purchased since the original registry debuted in July 2006.
  oSince 2006, purchasers choosing EPEAT-registered electronics over products
    that don't meet the system's criteria have eliminated greenhouse gas
    emissions equivalent to 11 million U.S. vehicles' annual impact, avoided
    more than 394,000 metric tons of hazardous waste and reduced solid waste
    by nearly 167,000 metric tons – equivalent to nearly 86,000 U.S.
    households' annual waste.

The EPEAT imaging standard is based on the specification Institute of
Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 1680.2 Standard for Environmental
Assessment of Imaging Equipment.

For details on Ricoh's full line of products, services and solutions, please
visit www.ricoh-usa.com/about/epeat/.

About EPEAT
EPEAT is the definitive global registry for greener electronics. The registry
includes the most products from the broadest range of manufacturers and spans
the widest array of countries. EPEAT combines strict, comprehensive criteria
for design, production, energy use and recycling with ongoing independent
verification of manufacturer claims. More than 533 million EPEAT-registered
products have been sold worldwide since 2006, resulting in significant
environmental benefits. EPEAT was developed through a stakeholder consensus
process and is managed by the Green Electronics Council, a non-profit
organization based in Portland, Oregon. Learn more at EPEAT.net.

| About Ricoh|
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment,
production print solutions, document management systems and IT services.
Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in more than 200 countries and
regions. In the financial year ending March 2012, Ricoh Group had worldwide
sales of 1,903 billion yen (approx. 23 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 specialized 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
www.ricoh.com/about/

© 2013 Ricoh Americas Corporation. All rights reserved. All referenced product
names are the trademarks of their respective companies.

Contact:

John Greco
Ricoh Americas Corporation
(973) 882-2023
john.greco@ricoh-usa.com

Jill Searl
Brodeur Partners
(603) 559-5824
jsearl@brodeur.com

SOURCE Ricoh Americas Corporation

Website: http://www.ricoh.com/about
 
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