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Efficient Use of Resources

Toshiba Group promotes 3R (reduce, reuse and recycle) initiatives for products to reduce resource consumption and increase incoming and outgoing recycling.

Toshiba Group's 3R* initiatives for products

In order to create a sound material-cycle society, there is a need to reduce the amount of resources extracted and discharged as waste throughout the product life cycle. Toshiba Group is promoting 3R initiatives for products aimed at reducing waste, increasing incoming recycling and improving outgoing recycling. We are also taking measures to promote design for 3Rs of product and recycling systems and are implementing activities to reduce the environmental impact of our products throughout their life cycles.

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Reduce, reuse and recycle

Waste reduction

We achieve waste reduction through various means, including reducing the amount of resources used to manufacture products (reducing weight and size) and extending product lives (including upgrades and maintenance).

Incoming recycling

Incoming recycling refers to the application of recycled materials in products. We will work to improve our incoming recycling rate by increasing our use of recycled materials, plant-derived materials and reusable parts.

Outgoing recycling

Outgoing recycling refers to the collection and recycling of end-of-life products. By promoting designs for reusing and recycling materials, we improve outgoing recycling while simultaneously improving the system design for recycling end-of-life products further.

[Image] Toshiba Group's 3R initiatives for products

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Increase in the percentage of resource savings

Results of FY2013

Under the Fifth Environmental Action Plan, we aim to further increase the amount of resources reduced to 1.5 times the FY2010 level. In FY2013, the total amount of resources used in Toshiba Group's major products, estimated by multiplying the amount used for products and packaging materials by the number of shipments, was approximately 540,000 tons. Based on comparisons with the previous product models and adjusting for the expected number of years of use, we also estimated to what extent resource consumption has been reduced for different products. Our comparisons show that we have reduced the use of resources by 370,000 tons, or by 70% compared to previous product models. In addition to reductions in the size and weight of LCD TVs and other digital devices, this result is also due to reductions in industrial product resource consumption, including reductions in the weight of elevators as well as increases in the capacities of magnetic disks (due to reductions in the number of units produced).

Future initiatives

We will continue to promote resource-saving designs for all products with the aim of further reducing resource consumption.

Amount of resources used by Toshiba Group and reductions in resource consumption (FY2013)
[Image] Amount of resources used by Toshiba Group and reductions in resource consumption

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Calculated by comparison with the previous product models adjusting for the expected number of years of use

Case Study 1: Reduction in MFP size

[Image] Reduction in MFP size

Toshiba TEC Corporation

The e-STUDIO 2550C series products are medium- and low-speed color multi-function printers (MFPs) designed to be compact and have excellent environmental performance.

We reduced the number of parts used as well as the thickness of plates and molded parts to produce an MFP with a product weight of 57.3 kg (53.4% reduction compared to the previous model) and a footprint of 33,925 mm² (34.4% reduction compared to the previous model), realizing the world's lightest, most compact MFP.

In addition, the newly developed low-temperature fixable toner can reduce power consumption by 60% compared to the previous model, achieving best-in-class energy-saving performance.

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At the time of product release in the medium- and low-speed color MFP category

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Increase in the use of recycled plastics

Toshiba Group is promoting initiatives to recycle plastic waste generated by end-of-life products.

Results of FY2013

In addition to a significant increase in the use of recycled plastics for washing machines, refrigerators and vacuum cleaners, recycled plastics were also used for office machines (elevators, escalators and systems installed in cars). As a result, use of recycled plastics increased to 2,800 tons in FY2013. The percentage of recycled plastics* used in Toshiba Group products was 6.2%, greatly exceeding the target of 2.8%. We are also using plant-derived plastics to manufacture some plastic parts for LCD TVs and POS systems.

Future initiatives

In order to further increase the percentage of recycled plastics used in our products, we will secure a supply of waste plastics as well as develop new uses for recycled plastics in all product groups.

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[Amount of recyclable plastics] / [Amount of plastics used for products] × 100

Amounts and percentages of recycled plastics used
[Image] Amounts and percentages of recycled plastics used

Post-consumer recycled materials vary in quantity available and quality depending on how they are obtained. At times, we may need to use virgin materials due to insufficient supply or quality problems.

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3R initiatives for packaging material

We will streamline the use of packaging as well as product materials to reduce environmental impacts throughout their entire life cycles.

The amount of packaging materials used by Toshiba Group in FY2013 was approximately 68,000 tons. We will work to reduce the use of packaging materials in accordance with the characteristics of each business area and product category through various measures, such as reducing packaging volume, enlarging the size of returnable (reusable) cases and using materials with low environmental impact.

Case Study 2: Replacing wooden packages for CT systems

Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation

We replaced the conventional wooden crates, which generated large amounts of wood waste and required moisture management, with reusable steel boxes. This reduced consumption of wooden materials and also enabled two-tier loading, thereby improving the loading factor. CO2 emissions were reduced by 206 kg through reductions in the use of wooden materials and by 1,608 kg through improved transportation efficiency.

[Image] Replacing wooden packages for CT systems

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Case Studies on 3Rs in Packaging

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Case Study 1: Resource-saving design for LCD TVs

Toshiba Corp. Digital Products & Services Company

Thanks to Toshiba's unique lightweight design, the 40J7 model for the Japanese market achieved the industry's highest level of resource-saving performance. In addition to enhancing the strength of the front bezel material, we succeeded in reducing the width of the frame by creating the industry's first integrated back cover design. This model, which features reduced body weight and smaller packaging, thereby achieving the highest level of resource-saving performance*, was certified as an Excellent ECP for FY2012.

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Compared to products in the same category at the time of product release

[Image] Resource-saving design for LCD TVs

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Case Study 2: Use of recycled plastics in refrigerators

Toshiba Home Appliances Corporation

The percentage of recycled plastics used in Toshiba's VEGETA/GR-F56FXV refrigerator has significantly increased compared to the equivalent model for the previous year (GR-E55FX). The main reason for this increase is that recycled plastics were used for the parts embedded in polyurethane and the parts inside the machine chamber that do no affect product appearance. In addition to design improvements, improvements in recycling processes, including an increase in the supply, development of new recycled materials, and transport to overseas production sites, have made it possible to use such recycled products.

[Image] Use of recycled plastics in refrigerators

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Case Study 1: Multi-slice CT system, Alexion™ (TSX-032A)*1 Reduce

Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation

This multi-slice CT system was developed as a low-end 16-row model to meet the needs of clinics and small hospitals. While keeping the high-resolution and high-performance features of our conventional model, including cutting-edge technologies for creating high-resolution images with a low level of X-ray radiation (AIDR-3D™, VolumeEC, etc.)*1 as well as a low-power compact X-ray tube that saves energy,*2 we achieved the industry’s lightest weight and smallest footprint. As a result, this system was certified as an Excellent ECP in FY2011.

With a body weight of 1,220 kg and a minimum footprint of 10.4m², the Alexion™ can be installed in existing CT examination rooms*3. This system also minimizes the size of renovation (extension) and construction required for electric utilities and reduces the amount of waste generated by system updates.

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Using AIDR 3D, the system can reduce its noise level by a maximum of 50% and X-ray radiation exposure by 75%. Systems equipped with this technology do not require external units or hardware to produce these effects.
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Can be operated with 30 kVA of power.
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The Alexion™ can be installed in the same space where Toshiba’s conventional single-slice CT system has been installed. Activion™, Toshiba’s 16-row multi-slice CT system, has a footprint of 18.4 m².

[Image] Multi-slice CT system, Alexion™ (TSX-032A)

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Case Study 2: Cleaner Reduce Recycle

Toshiba Home Appliances Corporation

This cyclone cleaner has the industry’s lightest body weight (2.5 kg) and was certified as an Excellent ECP for FY2011.

Recycled plastics are used for the motor covers and ducts, accounting for 11% of all plastics used in the cleaner.

Including other cyclone cleaner and paper bag cleaner models, Toshiba Group provides a wide range of cleaners which contain recycled plastics, thereby contributing to resource recycling.

[Image] Cleaner

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