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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 FY2012, 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 in accordance with these plans. 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 2015, 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 2050 and by five times (Factor 5) by 2025. In FY2012, taking these requirements into consideration, the Group worked to achieve its goal of increasing the degree by 2.5 times (Factor 2.5). As a result, we increased product eco-efficiency in FY2012 by 2.89 times (target: 2.8 times) compared to the FY2000 level thanks to continued progress in creating value and reducing environmental impact mainly in the area of digital products and devices. We improved business process eco-efficiency by 1.39 times (target: 1.35 times) because of reductions in greenhouse gas emissions through energy conservation and other efforts. Thus, Toshiba Group exceeded its targets in both areas and succeeded in improving overall eco-efficiency, which combine these two types of eco-efficiency, by 2.59 times, more than our target of 2.5 times.

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Achieved Status of the Fifth Environmental Action Plan

The table below summarizes the progress made in FY2012 with respect to the Fifth Environmental Action Plan. During FY2012, Toshiba Group achieved its goals for 19 of the 22 items in the Plan.

In the Greening of Product and Greening by Technology initiatives, we achieved our goals for four of the seven items. In particular, sales of excellent ECPs were 668.8 billion yen, 33% higher than initially planned. On the other hand, progress for the energy-related business and management of chemical substances were delayed because energy demand did not grow as initially planned and because reliability assessment and other processes took time as we replaced PVC and BFRs with other substances.

In the Greening of Process initiative, we achieved our goals for all nine items. We achieved our goal of reducing total greenhouse gas emissions mainly by taking measures to conserve electricity used for air conditioning, lighting, etc., monitoring power consumption more closely, conducting energy conservation diagnosis globally, and adjusting production volumes.

In the Green Management initiative, we achieved our goals for all three items. We obtained satisfactory results for our new initiatives. 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 ecostyle leaders. To promote environmental communication, we opened a new website with employees' participation.

In FY2013, we aim to achieve all goals for the year by accelerating global business development in the energy sector and systematically advancing the management of chemical substances contained in products.

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

Eco-efficiency FY2012 FY2013 FY2015
Goal Result Evaluation Goal Goal
Improvement of overall eco-efficiency
(compared to FY2000 level)
2.5 times 2.59 times Achieved 2.7 times 3.0 times
Improvement of product eco-efficiency
(compared to FY2000 level)
2.8 times 2.89 times Achieved 3.0 times 3.4 times
Improvement of business process eco-efficiency
(compared to FY2000 level)
1.35 times 1.39 times Achieved 1.44 times 1.5 times
Greening of Products/Greening by Technology FY2012 FY2013 FY2015
Goal Result Evaluation Goal Goal
Overall Increasing sales amounts of Excellent ECPs (Greening of Products/by Technology 0.5 trillion yen 0.67 trillion yen Achieved 0.8 trillion yen 1.8 trillion yen
Sales of social infrastructure systems and electronic devices increased.
Increasing sales amounts of energy-related products (Greening by Technology) 1.36 trillion yen 1.32 trillion yen Not achieved 1.49 trillion yen 1.9 trillion yen
The goal was not achieved because demand for thermal and hydroelectric power generation systems, photovoltaic power generation business, and other products did not grow as initially planned, though such sales increased compared to the previous year. Going forward, we will step up efforts to increase sales of these systems globally.
Mitigation of climate change Reduction of CO2 emissions through eco-products (Greening of Products) 6 million tons 6.8 million tons Achieved 9 million tons 15 million tons
We improved the energy-saving performance of home appliances and social infrastructure systems.
Reduction of CO2 emissions through energy-related products (Greening by Technology) 450 million tons 450 million tons Achieved 460 million tons 490 million tons
We achieved the goal by increasing the efficiency of various power generation-related products.
Efficient use of resources Resource savings for products*3 (33%) 29% -*3 35% 50%
We made progress in areas such as making LCD TV sets flatter and lighter as well as increasing the capacity of magnetic disks.
Increasing the use of recycled plastics for products*4 2.6% 4.7% Achieved 5.0% 3.0%
We made progress in using recycled plastic components for washing machines, refrigerators, and vacuum cleaners, as well as in newly using such components for business-use equipment.
Management of chemicals Reduction of specified chemical substances contained in products*6 (reduction of PVC*5/BFRs*5) 20 product groups 17 product groups Not achieved 30 product groups Total 80 product groups
The goal was not achieved because the reliability assessment for alternative parts and other processes took time. Going forward, we will work to use alternatives to PVC mainly for wiring and electronic components as well as alternatives to BFRs chiefly for main frames and mounted parts.
Green of Process FY2012 FY2013 FY2015
Goal Result Evaluation Goal Goal
Mitigation of climate change Reduction in total greenhouse gas emissions*7 (Compared to FY1990 level) 3.45 million tons <52%> 2.76 million tons <42%> Achieved 3.92 million tons <60%> 4.39 million tons <67%>
Improvements were made mainly in energy conservation investments, electricity conservation measures, and production adjustments.
Improvement of total energy-derived CO2 emissions per unit production*8 (Compared to FY2010 level) 96% 90% Achieved 94% 90%
We made improvements mainly in energy conservation investments, electricity conservation measures, and production adjustments.
Improvement of total CO2 emissions resulting from product logistics per unit production (Compared to FY2010 level) 98% 90% Achieved 97% 95%
We achieved the goal mainly by improving load factors and restructuring logistic centers.
Efficient use of resources Reduction in waste volumes (Compared to FY2000 level) 107,000 tons <56%> 92,000 tons <48%> Achieved 112,000 tons <59%> 117,000 tons <62%>
More waste was turned into valuables due to all-out efforts to sort it upon discharge.
Improvement of the total volume of waste generated per unit production (Compared to FY2010 level) 100% 96% Achieved 96% 90%
We made improvements on a "per unit production" basis thanks to manufacturing process reforms.
Reduction in the percentage of final waste disposal (Compared to the total volume of waste generated) 1.8% 1.7% Achieved 1.5% 0.5%
Our initiatives for recycling at overseas business and production sites produced satisfactory results.
Improvements of the volume of water received per unit production (Compared to FY2010 level) 96% 87% Achieved 94% 90%
We made improvements at semiconductor plants where large volumes of water are used.
Management of chemicals Reduction in the total emissions of chemicals discharged (Compared to FY2000 level) 1,694 tons <67%> 1,393 tons <55%> Achieved 1,625 tons <65%> 1,967 tons <78%>
We achieved the goal mainly by installing equipment for removing volatile organic compounds.
Improvement of the amount of chemicals handled per unit production (Compared to FY2010 level) 100% 94% Achieved 98% 95%
We achieved the goal mainly by optimizing chemical inputs and reviewing the conditions for wastewater disposal.
Green Management FY2012 FY2013 FY2015
Goal Result Evaluation Goal Goal
Conservation of biodiversity Developing ecosystem networks with production sites playing a central role in collaboration with local communities Biodiversity at major production sites Percentage of sites where surveys were conducted 50% Percentage of sites where surveys were conducted 81% Achieved Percentage of sites where surveys were conducted 100%
Percentage of sites for which indicators were selected 50%
Percentage of sites where
measurements were made
100%
54 of the 67 sites surveyed achieved the goal by completing biodiversity surveys.
Environmental education and human resource development Development of Toshiba eco-style leaders 200 leaders 230 leaders in Japan Achieved 400 leaders 2,000 leaders
We achieved the goal mainly by recommending that employees take Eco Tests and obtain other qualifications.
Environmental communication Expanding environmental communication to connect people around the world Creating an employee community to raise eco awareness Opening of the Toshiba Baton website Achieved Fostering a sense of togetherness among employees Promotion of "Global Environmental Action" to cope with global environmental issues
We developed an employee community by opening the employee participation website "TOSHIBA BATON."
Note)
Figures for benchmark years indicate performance data in the boundary set for 2012. 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). As the indicator has been redefined, the value is different from the existing planned value.
*4
[Amount of recyclable 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
4.87 t-CO2 /10-thousand-kWh is used for the power factor in Japan, and GHG Protocol data is used overseas.
*8
The coefficient of electricity 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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