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Formulation of the Sixth Environmental Action Plan

We will contribute to resolving global environmental issues by taking action in Business and in Management.

At the end of FY2016, Toshiba Group completed the Fifth Environmental Action Plan, which the Group had been implementing since FY2012 (for details, see Achievements of the Fifth Environmental Action Plan). In FY2017, we started the Sixth Environmental Action Plan (activity period: FY2017 to FY2020), which defines the Group's new medium-term goals. While formulating the new plan, in order to review which activities we need to focus on over the next four years, we considered various elements, including external factors such as Paris Agreement’s enforcement and ESG investment expansion, as well as internal factors such as changes to Toshiba Group's business structure and the achievements of the Fifth Environmental Action Plan as well as improvements to be made. As a result, based on the items of the Fifth Environmental Action Plan implemented until FY2016, we decided to integrate, remove, and add items in two areas of Business (manufacturing and products/ services) and Management, and we set goals for 15 items in total under the Sixth Environmental Action Plan.

Business (reducing environmental impacts in manufacturing)

We pursue high-efficiency manufacturing designed to reduce environmental impacts and costs simultaneously by properly managing greenhouse gases, waste, water, and chemicals emitted from factories. We will continue to manage greenhouse gases and waste in terms of amount per unit activity or production as well as total amount.

Business (improving environmental performance of products and services)

We will improve the overall environmental performance of products and services by reducing CO2 emissions in terms of both energy consumption and supply, by reducing product resource usage, and by managing the chemicals contained in products. We will revise the activities to create Environmentally Conscious Products (ECPs) that we have been promoting to adapt them to our current business structure.

Management

To respond to the present situation in which multiple legal violations occurred within Toshiba Group, we added "ensuring environmental risk compliance" as a new item. We will focus on enhancing measures to ensure compliance with global environmental regulations as well as developing environmental human resources, thereby creating a system designed to continuously monitor risks. To meet growing demand for disclosing ESG information properly, we also added "improving information disclosure" as an environmental communication item. In addition, in terms of biodiversity conservation, we will develop measures to help achieve Aichi Targets, which are global goals.

Toshiba Group will focus on implementing activities to reduce environmental impacts in the life cycles of products and services (Business) and related support activities (Management). Through such activities, we will contribute to resolving global environmental issues, including global warming and resource depletion. Meanwhile, we will make steady progress toward realizing Environmental Vision 2050.

[Image] Developing Strategies in Two Areas: Business and Management

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Toshiba Group's Sixth Environmental Action Plan

Activity area Activity content FY2017 plan FY2020 plan
Business Reducing environmental impacts in manufacturing Reduction of total greenhouse gas emissions*1 1.46 million t 1.66 million t
Improvement of total energy-derived CO2 emissions per unit activity*2
(Compared to FY2013 level)
99% 92%
Reduction of waste volumes*3 45,000 t 52,000 t
Improvement of the total volume of waste generated per unit production (Compared to FY2013 level) 99% 96%
Improvement of the amount of water received per unit production (Compared to FY2013 level) 99% 96%
Reduction of the total amount of chemicals discharged per unit production (Compared to FY2013 level) 99% 96%
Improvement of environmental performance of products and services Increased reduction of CO2 emissions (cumulative total) Power supply*4 9.6 million t 16.3 million t
Power consumption*5 1.7 million t 6.3 million t
Increased amount of resources saved (cumulative total) 100,000 t 460,000 t
Increased amount of recycled resources (recycled plastics) used (cumulative total) 740t 3,000t
Reduction of specified chemical substances contained in products Using alternative materials for four phthalate esters*6 or identifying alternates for all products by July 2019
Management Ensuring of environmental risk compliance Enhancement of compliance with global environmental regulations and human resource development - Reviewing of measures to ensure compliance with global environmental regulations
- Enhancement of local networks of environmental human resources at overseas production sites
Environmental communication Improvement of information disclosure Improvement of reporting based on external requirements
Development of networks with stakeholders - Enhancement of communication with customers through Toshiba Group Environmental Exhibition and education program at Toshiba Science Museum
- Enhancement of communication with local communities by implementing Global Environmental Action at business and production sites worldwide
Conservation of biodiversity Contributions to Aichi Targets Choosing 10 of the 20 Aichi targets as Toshiba goals to develop measures at business and production sites worldwide
Note:
Toshiba Memory Corporation's stock is scheduled to be transferred by the end of March 2018; therefore, Toshiba Memory is not included in the calculation of numerical goals for FY2017 and FY2020.
Values related to the energy consumption required for manufacturing (production amounts, number of products manufactured, number of persons, total floor area, etc.) are used for basic-unit goals for greenhouse gas emissions.
As an indicator that enables appropriate assessment of reduction in waste, water, and chemical substances, volume-based real outputs are used for basic-unit goals.
Real production = [Nominal output in Japan] / [corporate goods price index (for electrical equipment) announced by the Bank of Japan for the year (compared to 1990 levels, where 1990 is represented as 1)] + [nominal output outside Japan]
*1
5.31 t-CO2/10,000 kWh is used for the power factor in Japan. GHG Protocol data is used overseas.
*2
The coefficient of electricity for sites in Japan is fixed to that of FY2013.
*3
Obtained by deducting the volume of objects with value from the total volume of waste generated (excluding business and production sites engaged in waste treatment and power generation).
*4
Compared with CO2 emissions (rate to net production output) for average thermal power of the same fuel type; for renewable energy, compared with CO2 emissions (rate to net production output) for average thermal power of all types; an accumulated total of annual reductions plus reductions achieved by newly built power generation systems.
*5
[CO2 emissions of assumed substitute products − CO2 emissions of shipped products] (Compares emissions per year during the usage stage and cumulates emissions for half the expected number of years of use)
*6
Bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, butyl benzyl phthalate, di-n-butyl phthalate, diisobutyl phthalate. Used mainly as a plasticizer for plastics (cable coatings, etc.) and other materials; there is concern about its effects on the human body.

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Toshiba Group's Identifying Material Issues

In FY2013, Toshiba Group defined "Respect for Human Rights," "CSR Management in the Supply Chain," and "Environmental Management" as our high priority responsibilities (Materiality) and we are working continuously to fulfill these responsibilities. To identify these responsibilities, we referenced opinions from stakeholders as well as assessment reviews by third-party organizations in addition to self-evaluation conducted based on the international guidance standard ISO26000 which concerns the social responsibilities of organizations including companies. In FY2015, we reevaluated these responsibilities and decided to continue our efforts.

To fulfill these primary responsibilities, we have chosen the following three items to have the highest priority for environmental conservation: Climate change mitigation and adaptation; Sustainable resource use; and Prevention of pollution. We will make steady efforts to achieve these goals through ongoing environmental activities.

In addition, we are examining the possibility of subdividing the present items into more detailed units and reevaluating their importance levels based on the current circumstances inside and outside Toshiba Group, thereby identifying high priority responsibilities exclusively focused on environmental activities.

Significance of Environment-related Items in Toshiba Group's High Priority Responsibilities

[Image] Significance of Environment-related Items in Toshiba Group's High Priority Responsibilities

For details about Toshiba Group's identifying material issues, visit our CSR website.

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