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Business (Manufacturing): Pursuing high-efficiency manufacturing that simultaneously reduces environmental impacts and costs.

Actions to address the three challenges in Environmental Vision 2050

Mitigation of Climate Change

Social issues
  • Setting goals for GHG emissions in Japan in accordance with Paris Agreement
  • Proposing improving the energy efficiency of manufacturing processes (1% annually on average) under Electrical and Electronics Industries' "Action Plan for Commitment to a Low-Carbon Society"
  • Increased energy demand
Risks and opportunities for Toshiba Group
Risks :
Regulation of business activities, increased facility investment, possible loss of reputation if GHG emissions increase
Opportunities : Reduced manufacturing costs by implementing energy-saving measures at production sites
Toshiba Group's policy
  • Reducing GHG emissions in terms of total amount and amount per unit activity
Measures to take
  • Improving energy-saving operation based on changes in Toshiba Group's business structure and energy-saving investments mainly at overseas production sites

Efficient Use of Resources

Social issues
  • Serious resource depletion
  • Transition to a circular economy that promotes recycling, reuse, and product longevity
Risks and opportunities for Toshiba Group
Risks :
Increased management costs if stricter waste regulations are imposed
Loss of business opportunities and reputation if illegal waste dumping or other legal violations occur
Effects on production activities in regions with high water risks
Opportunities : Reduced manufacturing costs by reducing the amount of waste and water resources used
Toshiba Group's policy
  • Improvement in the amount of waste generated and water received
Measures to take
  • Reducing the volume of waste by recycling and converting more waste into valuables, conducting water risks assessment at major production sites, implementing water risk prevention measures based on correlation analysis between rainfall and water consumption in regions where the production sites are located

Management of Chemicals

Social issues
  • Minimizing risks caused by chemicals
  • Managing chemicals based on the precautionary principle
Risks and opportunities for Toshiba Group
Risks :
Increased management costs if stricter regulations are imposed to chemical management
Loss of business opportunities and reputation if legal violations occur
Opportunities : Increased business opportunities due to greater needs in related businesses (e.g., advanced wastewater treatment systems)
Toshiba Group's policy
  • Improvement in the total amount of chemicals discharged, soil and groundwater purification, and preventing contamination
  • Environmental risk prevention, including identifying and managing environmental liabilities
Measures to take
  • Use of alternative substances, operation of combustion detoxifying devices, and improving manufacturing processes to reduce use of raw materials

Basic strategies

Toshiba Group is pursuing high-efficiency manufacturing that minimizes resource inputs in production processes in Japan and abroad, eliminates unnecessary tasks in manufacturing processes, and reduces to a minimum emissions into the atmosphere and waters, thus simultaneously reducing environmental impacts and costs.

We aim to contribute to resolving climate change and other environmental issues by promoting the following two initiatives: "improvement of plant efficiency," which refers to efforts to grasp energy consumption appropriately in order to ensure effective improvement of equipment operation and introduce high-efficiency equipment, and "process innovation," which aims to achieve sustainable manufacturing in collaboration with all involved divisions.

In terms of mitigation of climate change, Toshiba Group is actively taking energy-saving measures on a company-wide scale to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, including CO2 and perfluorocarbons (PFCs). In terms of efficient use of resources, we will continue our efforts to reduce the total volume of waste generated through 3R activities as well as strive to use water resources efficiently by various means, including utilizing water risk assessment tools. As for management of chemicals, we will make efforts to reduce environmental impact mainly through the introduction of alternative substances and process improvements.

High-efficiency manufacturing
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