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Environmental Initiatives Supported by All Employees

In order to solve environmental issues, it is important for each and every Toshiba employee to share the same mindset and work together with a sense of solidarity. I believe the 200,000 Toshiba Group employees will be able to contribute greatly to solving environmental issues through their concerted efforts. To this end, there is a need to expand the foundation of our environmental management using easy-to-understand concepts and tools which can be shared not only among a small number of experts but by all people everywhere. For this reason, we launched Toshiba Group Global Environmental Action in FY2013 to enlist the participation of all 200,000 Toshiba Group employees working around the world. We implemented a light-down campaign on June 5, World Environment Day, and shut off lights in offices and employees' homes. In FY2014, we expanded the scale of this action, implementing a variety of environmental programs worldwide during the two-month period from April to June. In addition to selecting crucial environmental issues in different regions as program themes, the employees also shared the contents of environmental programs at different business and product sites on websites and ceremonies using `Toshiba Baton` as the icon of the campaign developing a sense of global solidarity. Further, we held a World Environment Day event on June 5 this year as well, which was attended by representatives of business sites who gathered in Kawasaki to report on environmental programs.

We will continue our efforts to maintain active communication in order to make the environment a common theme for all Toshiba employees.

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T-COMPASS, a New Concept of Environmental Management

When I was appointed President in FY2013, I adopted a new management policy of achieving growth through creativity and innovation. By creating value through value innovation and new concept innovation as well as by improving productivity through process innovation, we generate engines for growth unique to Toshiba. To follow the same policy for environmental management, we have introduced a new original concept of environmental management.

This new concept, which we call T-COMPASS, is Toshiba Group's environmental compass; it represents environmental issues having high priority in terms of global importance and urgency using the four cardinal compass points (N, E, S and W): minimizing the amount of Natural resources consumed; responding to climate change and Energy issues; minimizing the risks posed by chemical Substances; and minimizing the amount of Water resources consumed. We will carry out environmental management to achieve these goals.

According to the recently published Fifth Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC*1), there is a greater-than-95% chance that the rise in global temperature is a result of human activities. The report points out that the risk of climate change is serious enough to threaten the foundation of future business management. We will bring together the collective resources of Toshiba Group to address the risks posed by climate change and to comprehensively solve a variety of emerging environmental issues, including management of water resources, conservation of rare resources and mitigation of air pollution.

Using the four cardinal points of the compass, we will systematically organize the environmental strategies we have formulated thus far as well as further develop environmental measures by promptly incorporating global trends in each domain. To minimize the amount of natural resources consumed (N), in addition to creating products with the highest resource-saving performance, we will enhance measures to recycle resources, including expanding the use of recycled materials, and additionally launch a 3R diagnosis program aimed at achieving high-efficiency manufacturing. In an effort to respond to climate change and energy issues (E), in addition to global development of products having the highest level of energy-saving performance, we will continue to enhance measures to promote use of renewable energy and to ensure compliance with the Scope 3 Standard. To minimize the risks posed by chemical substances (S), we will continue our efforts to go one step beyond the requirements imposed by global legal regulations, such as reducing the use of PVC/BFRs*2. We also aim to reduce the use of chemicals by reviewing our manufacturing processes. Finally, to minimize the amount of water resources consumed (W), in addition to expanding the scope of products and solutions that contribute to reducing water consumption, we will enhance measures to reduce our water footprints and manage production sites to minimize water stress. Through these efforts, we aim to reduce our environmental footprints by introducing measures to promote environmental conservation in terms of products and manufacturing.

IPCC : Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
PVC/BFR : Polyvinyl Chloride/Brominated Flame Retardants

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Steady Implementation of the Fifth Environmental Action Plan

Immediately after I became director in charge of environmental issues in 2011, I started to develop a new grand design from scratch and established specific performance goals we must achieve in order to establish our position as the world's foremost eco-company. The Fifth Environmental Action Plan was formulated as a specific action plan to realize our vision, and more specific strategies are currently being promoted as part of our four “Green” initiatives. As of FY2013, we have achieved our goals in many areas, and our initiatives have received accolades from outside evaluators as well. Nevertheless, in some areas we must still step-up our efforts. This fiscal year, we enter the second half of the plan's four-year period. In FY2015, we will further promote integration of business operations and environmental management in all business areas with a view to achieving all our goals.

Greening of Products

We aim to achieve the highest level of environmental performance for all products we develop, thereby reducing environmental impact throughout product life cycles. In FY2013, our sales of Excellent ECPs, which achieve the highest level of environmental performance, increased to 1.6 trillion yen. This fiscal year, we aim to achieve the FY2015 goal of 1.8 trillion yen in Excellent ECP sales one year ahead of schedule. We will also continue to carry out our initiatives aimed at enhancing total environmental performance, including those for expanding the use of recycled plastics and reducing the use of PVC/BFRs.

Greening by Technology

By developing low-carbon power sources, we will contribute to providing a stable power supply and mitigating climate change worldwide. In FY2013, the start of operation of some nuclear power generation facilities was delayed. Consequently, we were unable to achieve our goals regarding sales of energy-related equipment and reductions in CO2 emissions. Going forward, we will expand the use of renewable energy as well as improve the efficiency of thermal power generation.

Greening of Process

We will improve productivity and also simultaneously implement various measures to reduce environmental impact in order to achieve the world's most efficient manufacturing. In FY2013, we reduced greenhouse gas emissions to 2.76 million tons, greatly exceeding our goal, by implementing a variety of measures, including energy conservation investments and energy conservation diagnosis. In addition, we are making steady efforts toward reducing our environmental impact in different areas, such as waste amounts, total amount of chemical emissions and amount of water received per unit production. Despite these efforts, we were unable to achieve our goal regarding the percentage of final waste disposal. Therefore, we will improve and innovate manufacturing processes from the perspective of the three R's through activities such as implementing emissions reduction measures at domestic production sites and developing know-how overseas.

Green Management

We will strive to strengthen the foundation of our environmental management by developing human resources to carry out environmental initiatives and by improving our environmental management systems on an ongoing basis. Through our biodiversity conservation initiative, we are contributing to the development of ecosystem networks in various regions through the creation of biotopes at our 64 global production sites. In addition, we will undertake a wide range of communication activities in order to build relationships of trust with our stakeholders.

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