Ricoh Europe has won one of the top prizes at the International Green Awards 2011. The Ricoh Sustainability Optimisation Programme scooped the silver award in the ‘Best Green Service Innovation’ category. The award recognises a service that minimises resource use, is sustainable and has a genuine ‘value-added’ proposition.
In just two years, Ricoh has helped more than 4,300 customers reduce their carbon emissions by an average of up to 35% while at the same time, reduce total cost of ownership of Ricoh devices by 28%.
The Ricoh Sustainability Optimisation Programme, accredited by the British Standards Institution (BSI), is available as part of Ricoh’s Managed Document Services and builds upon its successful Pay Per Page Green consultancy. In five simple steps it uses actual customer data to more accurately measure carbon emissions. Ricoh then helps businesses to reduce, optimise and neutralise the carbon emissions, to create a carbon balanced printing environment. The company also provides ongoing governance to ensure savings are maximised into the future.
It is the third time Ricoh has been independently rewarded for the programme this year. It also received the top prize in the ‘EFQM Sustainability Good Practice Competition’ and was recognised by NIMA, the Dutch Institute of Marketing in the Sustainable Business category.
The International Green Awards, sponsored by ‘Climate Change, The New Economy’ (CCTNE) were set up to recognise strategies that use creativity in an engaging and effective manner, leading to more sustainable outcomes. It is now an established event on the global sustainable business-calendar.
Olivier Vriesendorp, Marketing Director Ricoh Europe said, As government leaders at the COP17 summit in Durban, South Africa, consider the best approach to global action, Ricoh is committed to go beyond simply meeting regulatory requirements. We are committed to making a difference through our technology innovation, process improvement and services such as the Sustainability Optimisation Programme. In addition to meeting all ecological obligations we are also reducing environmental impacts and increasing profitability at our customer sites.