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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 FY2015, 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. We are working on 22 activity items by extending for one year the activity period that was scheduled to cover the period from FY2012 to FY2015 under the Fifth Environmental Action Plan.

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 FY2015 goal of increasing eco-efficiency by 3.00 times (Factor 3.00).

As a result, we increased product eco-efficiency in FY2015 by 3.42 times (target: 3.40 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 1.52 times (target: 1.50 times) because of reductions in greenhouse gas emissions through energy- saving investments etc. As a result, Toshiba Group succeeded in improving overall efficiency by 3.04 times (Factor 3.04) in FY2015 compared to the FY2000 level, exceeding our target of 3.00 times.

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Achieved Status of the Fifth Environmental Action Plan

The table summarizes the progress made in FY2015 with respect to the Fifth Environmental Action Plan. During FY2015, Toshiba Group achieved its goals for 16 of the 22 items in the Plan. In the Greening of Products and Greening by Technology initiatives, we achieved our goals for three of the seven items. In particular, sales of excellent ECPs were 2.75 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; 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 two of the three items. Specifically, to conserve biodiversity, we used our business and production sites to complete the selection and measurement of indicators for all target areas to protect rare flora and fauna. In terms of environmental education and human resource development, we refrained from holding events related to Toshiba eco-style leaders. Consequently, we had only limited opportunities to talk to employees and were unable to achieve our goal.

In FY2016, we aim to achieve all goals in the Fifth Environmental Action Plan by accelerating global business development in the energy sector, by placing strict controls on waste management at our overseas production sites, and by enhancing our environmental education and human resource development programs.

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

Eco-efficiency FY2015 FY2016
Goal Result Evaluation Goal
Improvement of overall eco-efficiency
(compared to FY2000 level)
3.0 times 3.0 times Achieved 3.2 times
Improvement of product eco-efficiency
(compared to FY2000 level)
3.4 times 3.4 times Achieved 3.6 times
Improvement of business process eco-efficiency
(compared to FY2000 level)
1.5 times 1.5 times Achieved 1.5 times
Greening of Products/Greening by Technology FY2015 FY2016
Goal Result Evaluation Goal
Overall Increasing sales amounts of Excellent ECPs (Greening of Products/ by Technology) 1.80 trillion yen 2.75 trillion yen Achieved 2.00 trillion yen
Sales of certified products increased in all areas.
Expansion of sales of energy-related products (Greening by Technology) 1.90 trillion yen 1.60 trillion yen Not achieved 1.70 trillion yen
Sales in various businesses did not increase as much as initially expected. As a result, we were unable to achieve our goal. We will continue our efforts to increase sales of energy-related products.
Mitigation of climate change Reduction of CO2 emissions through eco-products*1 (Greening of Products) 15 million tons 15.1 million tons Achieved 15.5 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) 490 million tons 471 million tons Not achieved 476 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.
Effective use of resources Resource savings for products*3 50% 30% Not achieved 50%
We could not achieve the goal because of a decrease in sales of resource-efficient products, such as TVs and home appliances. To expand sales, we will share case studies on resource-efficient products within the group.
Increasing the use of recycled plastics for products*4 3.00% 9.67% Achieved 3.50%
We made progress in using recycled plastic components for MFPs and industrial air conditioning systems, etc.
Management of chemicals Reduction of specified chemical substances contained in products*5 (reduction of PVC*6/BFRs*6) 80 product groups in total 76 product groups Not achieved 66 product groups in total*10
We could not achieve the goal mainly because we had difficulty selecting alternate materials that fulfilled the requirements. We will continue to examine use of alternate materials to achieve the goal.
Greening of Process FY2014 FY2015
Goal Result Evaluation Goal
Mitigation of climate change Reduction in total greenhouse gas emissions (Compared to FY1990 level) 4.39 million tons (65%) 3.08 million tons (46%)*7 Achieved 3.32 million tons (49%)
We made improvements by actively promoting energy-saving measures and by improving production efficiency.
Improvement of total energy-derived CO2 emissions per unit production*8 (Compared to FY2010 level) 90% 80% Achieved 90%
We made improvements by actively promoting energy-saving measures and by improving production efficiency.
Improvement of total CO2 emissions resulting from product logistics per unit production (Compared to FY2010 level) 95% 71% Achieved 69%
We made improvements by improving load factors and restructuring logistics centers.
Effective use of resources Reduction in waste volumes*9 (Compared to FY2000 level) 117,000 tons (62%) 86,000 tons (46%) Achieved 110,000 tons (58%)
More waste was turned into valuables due to efforts to sort waste more carefully.
Improvement of the total volume of waste generated per unit production (Compared to FY2010 level) 90% 77% Achieved 88%
The total volume of waste decreased as a result of process improvements.
Reduction in the percentage of final waste disposal (Compared to the total volume of waste generated by Toshiba Group) 0.50% 1.40% Not achieved 0.50%
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) 90% 78% Achieved 87%
We achieved the goal by making improvements at semiconductor plants that receive large amounts of water.
Management of chemicals Reduction in the total emissions of chemicals discharged (Compared to FY2000 level) 1,967 t (78%) 1,438 t (57%) Achieved 1,660 t (66%)
We achieved the goal mainly by installing volatile organic compound removers.
Improvement of the amount of chemicals handled per unit production (Compared to FY2010 level) 95% 75% Achieved 84%
We achieved the goal mainly by optimizing the amount of chemicals used and by revising wastewater treatment processes.
Green Management FY2015 FY2016
Goal Result Evaluation Goal
Conservation of biodiversity Developing ecosystem networks with our sites playing a central role in collaboration with local communities Percentage of sites with measured effects 100% Percentage of sites with measured effects 100% Achieved Percentage of sites with measured effects 100%
We have completed measurement at all 62 global sites and continue to protect and monitor indicator species.
Environmental education and human resource development Development of Toshiba eco-style leaders 2,000 leaders 1,340 leaders Not achieved 2,000 leaders
We could not achieve the goal mainly because we refrained from holding eco-style leader-related events.
Environmental communication Expanding environmental communication to connect people around the world Promotion of "Global Environmental Action" to cope with global environmental issues We implemented approximately 400 programs at 276 of our business and production sites in 25 countries worldwide Achieved Toshiba Group Global Environmental Action
We developed Global Environmental Action programs worldwide from April to June.

Figures for benchmark years indicate performance data in the boundary set for 2015. 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 emissions during the usage stage and cumulates emissions for the expected number of years of use.)
*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
Abolished except special uses.
*6
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.
*7
5.10 t-CO2/10,000 kWh is used for the power factor in Japan. 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).
*10
Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation and Toshiba Lifestyle Products & Services Corporation were excluded from the targets. As a result, the total number of product groups changed to 66.

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