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Reducing CO2 emissions associated with product logistics

Results of FY2014 and future initiatives

In FY2014, Toshiba Group strove to reduce energy consumption during product logistics by taking various measures, including improving load factors when transporting products, applying modal shifts to a wider range of products, and shortening the transport distance by restructuring distribution centers. As a result, we reduced total CO2 emissions as well as CO2 emissions per unit production compared to the previous year's level. In particular, the Group reduced CO2 emissions per unit production by 27% compared to the FY2010 level, exceeding the initial target for FY2014 by 23%.

In the future, Toshiba Group will continue its efforts to reduce CO2 emissions associated with product logistics with a view to reducing CO2 emissions per unit production by 5% compared to the FY2010 level in FY2015.

Changes in CO2 emissions per unit production associated with product logistics in Japan
[Image] Changes in CO2 emissions per unit production associated with product logistics in Japan

Breakdown of CO2 emissions associated with product logistics in Japan in FY2014
[Image] Breakdown of CO2 emissions associated with product logistics in Japan

CO2 emissions associated with overseas and international logistics (approximate figures)
Toshiba Group works to collect data on overseas and international logistics for the group and calculates approximate CO2 emissions associated with such logistics for improvement.

Total: 418,000 t-CO2

(Breakdown)   

International logistics 347,000 t-CO2
Logistics in overseas countries : 22,000 t-CO2
Logistics in Japan : 50,000 t-CO2

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Case Study: Promoting consolidated delivery by international marine containers

Toshiba Logistics Corporation

International transport using marine containers can greatly reduce GHG emissions compared to other transport modes such as air freight. However, international marine container transport consolidated with other companies’ cargo in the past sometimes caused damage to the cargo or influenced its delivery schedule. Therefore, Toshiba Group took the lead in developing container plans as well as cargo loading jigs inside containers, thereby improving loading efficiency and realizing high-quality, low-cost consolidated delivery that allows for simpler packaging. In addition, by using RFID* tags that meet international standards, we were able to improve operational efficiency as well as to visualize inventory and transport information.

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RFID: Radio Frequency IDentifier

[Image] Consolidated delivery of cargo with companies outside the Group

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Case Study: Initiatives for consolidated delivery by ship (heavy items)

Toshiba Logistics Corp.

Previously, Toshiba Logistics Corp. transported heavy products (e.g., hydroelectric equipment) produced at three factories in China (Hangzhou, Wuhan, and Changzhou) from Shanghai Port using three separate freight vessels.

Toshiba's subsidiary in Shanghai realized consolidated delivery using a single freight vessel by managing PSI information* for Chinese factories and those in Japan in an integrated manner.

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PSI information: Information on Production, Sales, and Inventories

[Image] Initiatives for consolidated delivery by ship (heavy items)

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Case Study: Promotion of modal shifts using the Russian Trans-Siberian Railway (PC products)

Toshiba Logistics Corp.

In order to reduce lead times, Toshiba Logistics Corp. had been using aircraft to transport its products into Russia; however, this lead to a large amount of CO2 emissions during transport. Accordingly, the company switched to transport via the Trans-Siberian Railway (modal shift) and also developed a new type of packaging capable of withstanding long-distance railway transport. As a result, the company reduced CO2 emissions during transport by 23 kg per PC compared to the previous level.

[Image] Promotion of modal shifts using the Russian Trans-Siberian Railway (PC products)

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