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Progress in the Fifth Environmental Action Plan

Toshiba Group achieved its annual goal for overall eco-efficiency by reaching its eco-efficiency goals in two areas: products and business processes.

In FY2014, we achieved our annual goal for overall eco-efficiency

In order to realize an ideal state of environmental management in 2050, Toshiba Group formulates environmental action plans and manages specific environmental activities and their targets. Since we formulated our first environmental action plan in FY1993, the Group has expanded its scope of environmental activities and governance. In the Fifth Environmental Action Plan, which covers the period from FY2012 to FY2015, we are working on 22 activity items. The Environmental Vision 2050 requires the Group to increase the degree of improvement in overall eco-efficiency by ten times (Factor 10) by FY2050 and by five times (Factor 5) by FY2025 compared to the FY2000 level. By backcasting from 2050, we worked to achieve the FY2014 goal of increasing eco-efficiency by 2.9 times (Factor 2.9). As a result, we increased product eco-efficiency in FY2014 by 3.31 times (target: 3.2 times) compared to the FY2000 level thanks to continued progress in creating value and reducing environmental impacts mainly in the areas of social infrastructure, healthcare systems & services, and electronic devices & components. We improved business process eco-efficiency by 1.51 times (target: 1.47 times) because of reductions in greenhouse gas emissions through energy-saving investments and energy-saving diagnosis. As a result, Toshiba Group succeeded in improving overall efficiency by 2.95 times (Factor 2.95) in FY2014 compared to the FY2000 level, exceeding our target of 2.9 times.

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Achieved Status of the Fifth Environmental Action Plan

The table summarizes the progress made in FY2014 with respect to the Fifth Environmental Action Plan. During FY2014, Toshiba Group achieved its goals for 20 of the 22 items in the Plan. In the Greening of Products and Greening by Technology initiatives, we achieved our goals for six of the seven items. In particular, sales of excellent ECPs were 2.34 trillion yen, greatly exceeding the amount initially planned. As for reducing CO2 with energy-related products, we could not achieve our goal due to a delay in commencing operation of a plant under construction. We will step up our efforts to promote high-efficiency thermal power generation as well as use of renewable energy.

In the Greening of Process initiative, we achieved our goals for eight of the nine items. We achieved our goal of reducing total greenhouse gas emissions mainly by making energy-saving investments; conducting energy-saving diagnosis globally; taking measures to conserve electricity used for air conditioning, lighting, etc.; and monitoring power consumption more closely. Although we reduced the amount of final waste disposal, we were unable to achieve our target percentage of final waste disposal because of difficulties at our overseas production sites.

In the Green Management initiative, we achieved our goals for all three items. Specifically, to conserve biodiversity, we effectively used our business and production sites to protect rare flora and fauna. In terms of environmental education and human resource development, we trained employees as Toshiba eco-style leaders. To promote environmental communication, we implemented Toshiba Group Global Environmental Action.

In FY2015, we aim to achieve all goals in the Fifth Environmental Action Plan by accelerating global business development in the energy sector and placing strict controls on waste management at our overseas production sites.

Progress of overall eco-efficiency
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Toshiba Group's Fifth Environmental Action Plan

Eco-efficiency FY2014 FY2015
Goal Result Evaluation Goal
Improvement of overall eco-efficiency
(compared to FY2000 level)
2.9 times 2.95 times Achieved 3.0 times
Improvement of product eco-efficiency
(compared to FY2000 level)
3.2 times 3.31 times Achieved 3.4 times
Improvement of business process eco-efficiency
(compared to FY2000 level)
1.47 times 1.51 times Achieved 1.5 times
Greening of Products/Greening by Technology FY2014 FY2015
Goal Result Evaluation Goal
Overall Increasing sales amounts of Excellent ECPs (Greening of Products/ by Technology) 1.5 trillion yen 2.34 trillion yen Achieved 1.8 trillion yen
Sales of certified products increased in the areas of social infrastructure, healthcare systems & services, and electronic devices.
Increasing sales amounts of energy-related products (Greening by Technology) 1.66 trillion yen 1.66 trillion yen Achieved 1.9 trillion yen
We will step up efforts to increase sales of these products globally.
Mitigation of climate change Reduction of CO2 emissions through eco-products*1 (Greening of Products) 12 million tons 13.12 million tons Achieved 15 million tons
We improved energy-saving performance, thereby reducing CO2 emissions during product use.
Reduction of CO2 emissions through energy-related products*2 (Greening by Technology) 480 million tons 448 million tons Not achieved 490 million tons
We could not achieve the goal because the start of operation of a plant under construction was delayed. We will promote use of high-efficiency thermal power generation and renewable energy.
Efficient use of resources Resource savings for products*3 43% 79% Achieved 50%
We made progress in areas such as making LCD TV sets flatter and lighter as well as reducing the footprints of medical equipment and increasing the capacity of magnetic disks.
Increasing the use of recycled plastics for products*4 2.9% 7.5% Achieved 3.0%
We made progress in using recycled plastic components for refrigerators, home air conditioners, and industrial air conditioning systems, etc.
Management of chemicals Reduction of specified chemical substances contained in products*6 (reduction of PVC*5/BFRs*5) 50 product groups 54 product groups Achieved Total 80 product groups
We reduced use of PVC and BFRs mainly in lifestyle products.
Greening of Process FY2014 FY2015
Goal Result Evaluation Goal
Mitigation of climate change Reduction in total greenhouse gas emissions*7 (Compared to FY1990 level) 4.19 million tons <62%> 3.02 million tons <45%> Achieved 4.39 million tons <65%>
We made improvements by actively promoting energy-saving investments and energy-saving diagnosis.
Improvement of total energy-derived CO2 emissions per unit production*8 (Compared to FY2010 level) 92% 80% Achieved 90%
We made improvements by actively promoting energy-saving investments and energy-saving diagnosis.
Improvement of total CO2 emissions resulting from product logistics per unit production (Compared to FY2010 level) 96% 73% Achieved 95%
We made improvements by improving load factors and restructuring logistics centers.
Efficient use of resources Reduction in waste volumes (Compared to FY2000 level) 116,000 tons <62%> 88,000 tons <47%> Achieved 117,000 tons <62%>
More waste was turned into valuables due to efforts to sort waste liquid by degree of degradation.
Improvement of the total volume of waste generated per unit production (Compared to FY2010 level) 93% 84% Achieved 90%
We reduced the total amount of waste relative to the increase in production.
Reduction in the percentage of final waste disposal (Compared to the total volume of waste generated by Toshiba Group) 1.0% 1.4% Not achieved 0.5%
We reduced the amount of final waste disposal at targeted overseas business and production sites, but we could not achieve our goal for the percentage of final waste disposal.
Improvements of the amount of water received per unit production (Compared to FY2010 level) 92% 78% Achieved 90%
We reduced the amount of water received by improving the efficiency of the pure water manufacturing process.
Management of chemicals Reduction in the total emissions of chemicals discharged (Compared to FY2000 level) 1,763 tons <65%> 1,455 tons <58%> Achieved 1,967 tons <78%>
We reduced chemical emissions by reorganizing our production sites and reviewing ventilation conditions.
Improvement of the amount of chemicals handled per unit production (Compared to FY2010 level) 97% 92% Achieved 95%
We made improvements by improving production efficiency and by using less dangerous alternate materials.
Green Management FY2014 FY2015
Goal Result Evaluation Goal
Conservation of biodiversity Developing ecosystem networks with production sites playing a central role in collaboration with local communities Percentage of sites for which indicators were selected 100% / Percentage of sites with measured effects 50% Percentage of sites for which indicators were selected 100% / Percentage of sites with measured effects 67% Achieved 100% of sites have measured effects
We selected indicators at 66 sites in 10 countries worldwide and started measuring effects at 44 sites.
Environmental education and human resource development Development of Toshiba eco-style leaders 800 leaders 800 leaders Achieved 2,000 leaders
At Eco Products 2014, an exhibition in Japan, eco-style leaders conducted an eco-style tour in which children explored our exhibition booth.
Environmental communication Expanding environmental communication to connect people around the world Toshiba Group Global Environmental Action We implemented 150 programs at 110 of our business and production sites in 20 countries worldwide Achieved Promotion of “Global Environmental Action” to cope with global environmental issues
On June 5, we held an event on World Environment Day and introduced activities in countries around the world with videos and display panels.

Figures for benchmark years indicate performance data in the boundary set for 2014. Applicable to production and non-production sites in Japan and abroad.

As an indicator that enables appropriate assessment of reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, 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
[CO2 emissions of assumed substitute products] - [CO2 emissions of shipped products] (Compares annual emissions during the usage stage and cumulates emissions for half the product life.)
*2
Compared with CO2 emissions (rate to net production output) for average thermal power of the same fuel type; for nuclear power/renewable energy, compared with CO2 emissions (rate to net production output) for average thermal power of all types.
*3
Rate of increase in the amount of resources saved (based on FY2010).
*4
[Amount of recycled plastics] / [Amount of plastics used for products] × 100
*5
PVC: Polyvinyl chloride is one of the most common plastics and is used in a wide range of products. There is concern about the generation of hazardous substances due to inappropriate treatment of PVC at the time of disposal and the harmfulness of some additives (e.g., phthalate esters) used to soften PVC.
BFR (brominated flame retardants): BFRs are used as flame retarders for plastics. Some BFRs are raising health concerns while others persist in the environment or are bioaccumulative. There is also concern over the generation of hazardous substances due to inappropriate treatment at disposal.
*6
Abolished except special uses.
*7
5.70 t-CO2 /10,000 kWh is used for the power factor in Japan, and GHG Protocol data is used overseas.
*8
The coefficient of electricity for sites in Japan is fixed to that of FY2010.
*9
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).

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