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Expansion of ECPs (Environmental Conscious Products)

Promoting the creation of products with the highest level of environmental performance

Toshiba Group is making efforts to achieve the highest level of environmental performance for all products that we develop. We will accelerate the creation of ECPs with high levels of environmental performance in all product areas through “Greening of Products” initiatives aimed at minimizing the environmental impact of products throughout their entire life cycles and “Greening by Technology” initiatives aimed at providing a stable power supply and mitigating climate change worldwide using low-carbon energy supply technologies. At the same time, we will promote the development of localized products to meet the individualized needs of different countries and areas, including developed countries as well as developing countries, where environmental impact is likely to increase as a result of economic growth.

Toshiba's ECP expansion strategy
[Image] Toshiba's ECP expansion strategy

Aiming to create products with the highest level of environmental performance at the time of product release

To create ECPs, Toshiba Group sets “eco-targets” 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 (the Toshiba environmental standards) in all three aspects throughout all stages of their life cycles. In the 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.

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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.

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

Three elements of ECPs

Mitigation of climate change
  • Reductions in power consumption
  • Reductions in standby electricity
  • Visualization of power consumption
  • Energy-saving mode
  • Shipment mode, etc.
Efficient use of resources
  • Reductions in the use of raw materials
  • Use of recycled materials
  • Easy to disassemble
  • Reductions in the use of packaging materials
  • Reductions in the use of supplies
  • Upgrades, longer useful lives, etc.
Management of Chemicals
  • Reductions in the use of specified hazardous substances
  • Green procurement
  • Distribution of information on chemicals
  • Compliance with chemical regulations in different countries, etc.

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Target and Result of Creation of Excellent ECPs

Results of FY2012 and future initiatives

In an effort to enhance the creation of Excellent ECPs, Toshiba Group has introduced sales of Excellent ECPs as a new indicator. As a result of expanding the range of certified products in the areas of social infrastructure and electronic devices, Toshiba Group's sales of Excellent ECPs in FY2012 totaled 668.8 billion yen, greatly exceeding the goal (500 billion yen). We will accelerate the creation of Excellent ECPs in the areas of solutions and system products to achieve sales of Excellent ECPs totaling 1.8 trillion yen in FY2015.

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

Sales of Excellent ECPs
[Image] Sales of Excellent ECPs

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

Viewing the product eco-efficiency as an important indicator, Toshiba Group is promoting activities to create ECPs.

Results of FY2012 and future initiatives

By the end of FY2012, we 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 achieve a Factor of 2.89, which far exceeded the goal of 2.8.

We aim to increase the product eco-efficiency to 3.0 times the level of the base year (FY2000) in FY2013 and 3.4 times the level of the base year in FY2015.

[Image] Product eco-efficiency

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