It's not unusual to be offered an add-on purchase of carbon offsets when booking air travel, but we haven't previously heard of offsets being bundled with printers.
Ricoh Australia is now offering to acquire greenhouse gas offsets in respect of customers who rent or finance a printer if they also agree to automated meter reading and participate in the company's consumables recycling program.
The cost of the offsets is built into the contract price, a Ricoh spokesperson told iTWire.
RMIT deputy director of procurement Neil Sigamoney said "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 managing director Les Richardson said "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."
Ricoh Australia recently achieved certification under the international carboNZero program after an independent audit of the company's greenhouse gas footprint, emissions reductions activities, and the purchase of "quality accredited" carbon credits.