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Greening of Products

Creation of Excellent ECPs

Aiming to achieve the highest level of environmental performance for all products that we develop

Toshiba is implementing the Greening of Products initiative, which aims to achieve the highest level of environmental performance for all products that we develop and to minimize the environmental impact of products throughout their entire life cycles. We will promote the development of localized products designed to minimize environmental impact in response to the individualized needs of different countries and areas, including products equipped with cutting-edge features for developed countries as well as products for developing countries, where environmental impact is likely to increase as a result of economic growth.
To create ECPs, Toshiba Group sets “eco-targets” and incorporates them into product specifications to develop products with the highest level of environmental performance in the business strategy formulation and product planning stages.

Then, in the product development and design stages, we make environmental assessments of the products to ensure that they meet the Toshiba environmental standards. During the environmental assessments, we check whether the products comply with laws and regulations as well as meet the ECP standards in all three elements throughout all stages of their life cycles.

In the final product approval stage, we check the level of achievement of the eco-targets and whether the products are in compliance with the ECP standards, certifying those products with the highest level of environmental performance.

Expansion of creation of Excellent ECPs
[Image] Expansion of creation of Excellent ECPs

Process of creating Excellent ECPs
[Image] Process of creating Excellent ECPs

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Aiming to increase product eco-efficiency by 3.4 times in FY2015

Since 2003, Toshiba Group has been promoting activities to create ECPs by viewing product eco-efficiency, or the Factor, as an important indicator.

Results of FY2013 and future initiatives

By the end of FY2013, we had calculated the Factor values (degree of improvement in eco-efficiency) for almost all Toshiba Group products. By enhancing the value of products and by reducing their environmental impact, Toshiba Group was able to increase the average environmental efficiency of all the products to 3.04 times the FY2000 level (Factor 3.04), achieving our goal as initially planned.

We aim to increase product eco-efficiency to 3.40 times the level of the base year in FY2015.

[Image] Product eco-efficiency

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Toshiba Environmental Standards

- Assessment based on the three elements of ECPs -

Environmentally Conscious Products (ECPs) are designed to minimize environmental impact throughout all stages of their life cycles, including during procurement of materials, manufacture, distribution, use, disposal, and recycling. ECPs have three elements: mitigation of climate change, effective use of resources, and management of chemicals. Toshiba Group sets its own environmental standards (ECP standards) for each product model to assess overall environmental performance, which includes all three of these elements. Environmental assessments are performed during the development of every product to check not only whether the product complies with laws and regulations but also to check whether the product meets the ECP standards.

Three elements of ECPs
[Image] Three elements of ECPs

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