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Reducing CO2 emissions associated with product logistics

Results of FY2013 and future initiatives

In FY2013, 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. CO2 emissions associated with product logistics increased compared to the FY2012 level due to a last-minute jump in demand before an increase in the consumption tax rate, but the Group reduced CO2 emissions per unit production by 12% compared to the FY2010 level, exceeding the initial target for FY2013 by 9%. 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 FY2013
[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: 502,000 t-CO2

(Breakdown)   

International logistics 424,000 t-CO2
Logistics in overseas countries : 23,000 t-CO2
Logistics in Japan : 54,000 t-CO2

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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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Case Study 1: Modal shift at overseas sites

Toshiba Corp. Social Infrastructure Systems Company

Social Infrastructure Systems Company shifted the means of overland transport in Canada from trucks to railways for the mail-sorting machines it exports to the country. In FY2010, it began to transport and deliver 160 machines to 16 cities across the country from Vancouver. It reduced packing volume and the number of containers necessary by improving the conventional one packing per module to a new form of one packing per two modules. It expects this will reduce CO2 emissions by 5,209 tons annually.

[Image] Modal shift at overseas sites

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Case Study 2: An example of round transport using railway containers

Toshiba Lighting & Technology Corp.

Toshiba Lighting & Technology realized round transport by making joint use of railway containers with the Suntory Group. Previously, the company transported its products from Japan's Kanto to Kansai region using trucks. However, by replacing trucking with railway transport through joint use of containers, it was able to reduce CO2 emissions and make transport more efficient. It expects to reduce CO2 emissions resulting from transport by 140 tons annually.

[Image] An example of round transport using railway containers

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