TORONTO, April 16, 2018 /CNW/ - Today, Ricoh Canada and Bullfrog Power, Canada's leading green energy provider, are celebrating a major environmental landmark. For more than a decade, Ricoh Canada has been choosing Bullfrog Power's green electricity to reduce its environmental impact. With more than 5,500 megawatt hours of electricity put onto the grid on its behalf, Ricoh Canada has displaced more than 900 tonnes of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to the emissions from more than 3.5 million kilometres driven by an average passenger vehicle.1
"We're delighted to celebrate Ricoh's tenth anniversary with Bullfrog Power alongside the company's global commitment to the RE100 to use a minimum of 30 per cent renewable energy by 2030 and 100 percent by 2050," said Ron Seftel, CEO, Bullfrog Power. "By committing to help transition to a low-carbon economy, Ricoh Canada is demonstrating the kind of action we need to see from more businesses in Canada and around the world."
Through the agreement, Bullfrog Power ensures that renewable electricity is put into the grid to match the amount of conventional electricity that Ricoh Canada's distribution centre in Concord, Ontario, uses. Across Canada, Bullfrog's green electricity comes from a blend of wind and low-impact hydro power sourced from new Canadian renewable energy facilities.
"The partnership with Bullfrog is a great example of Ricoh's longstanding collaborations on sustainability as we strive to reduce our environmental impacts across the entire business," said Glenn Laverty, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Ricoh Americas; President and Chief Executive Officer, Ricoh Canada, Inc. "We take great pride in our new commitment to RE100 and in working with Bullfrog Power as part of Ricoh's global efforts to implement measures against climate change and enhance sustainable environmental management."
By bullfrogpowering its distribution centre, Ricoh Canada is also contributing to Bullfrog Power's community renewable projects program that has supported more than 130 community-based projects across Canada. In Ontario, the bullfrogpowered community helped to fund a 225-panel solar project on Kew Beach Junior Public School in Toronto's The Beach neighbourhood.
In addition to renewable energy, Ricoh has recently been named a gold winner for Most Environmentally Responsible Company of the Year by the Best in Biz Awards. In 2018, for the third consecutive year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Ricoh USA, Inc. with its prestigious ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award. Ricoh has also won the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award for continued leadership and superior contributions to the program. These latest accolades acknowledge Ricoh's hard work to foster environmental sustainability in its own operations and evangelize on behalf of sustainability to customers, Ricoh Family Group dealer partners and the larger business community. Ricoh has programs that extend its sustainable practices beyond its traditional business, including:
- The Ricoh Family Group Eco Excellence Program to educate dealer partners;
- The Ricoh Global Eco Action Month to educate employees; and
- Awarding the Ricoh Sustainability Development Award to a high school student who develops innovations that strengthen environmental sustainability.
1 "Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator." EPA. February 2018.
About Bullfrog Power
Bullfrog Power, Canada's leading green energy provider, offers renewable energy solutions that enable individuals and businesses to reduce their environmental impact, support the development of green energy projects in Canada and help create a cleaner, healthier world. As a Certified B Corporation, Bullfrog Power meets higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. Thousands of individuals and businesses in Canada are doing their part to address climate change and air pollution by choosing green energy with Bullfrog Power. Sign up easily, quickly and affordably at bullfrogpower.com.
Ricoh is empowering digital workplaces using innovative technologies and services enabling individuals to work smarter. For more than 80 years, Ricoh has been driving innovation and is a leading provider of document management solutions, IT services, commercial and industrial printing, digital cameras, and industrial systems.
Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in approximately 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ended March 2017, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,028 billion yen (approx. 18.2 billion USD). For further information, please visit www.ricoh.com
SOURCE Bullfrog Power
For further information: Contact Bullfrog Power: Tracy Truong, Proof Inc., 416-969-2796, [email protected]; Contact Ricoh Canada: Tracey Sheehy, Breakaway Communications, 212.616.6003, [email protected]