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Environmental Management Concept “T-COMPASS”

We will further advance and expand our environmental management systems by strategically addressing new global trends in environmental management.

Toshiba Group has introduced T-COMPASS*1, a concept of environmental management, to achieve two aims. One of these aims is to enhance management focused on multiple environmental areas (multiple criteria) and product life cycles; this represents a new global trend. As we strive to help realize a sustainable society, responding properly to energy problems and climate change is our highest priority. In addition to these global environmental issues, however, there are many local agendas such as factors influencing human health, ecosystems, and resources; all these issues must be resolved comprehensively. As Toshiba Group's compass for its environmental activities, T-COMPASS defines four domains for the group's environmental contributions and represents these domains as the symbols of the four cardinal compass points. In the future, we will enhance our environmental policies from the following four perspectives: minimizing the amount of natural resources consumed, responding to climate change and energy issues, minimizing the amount of water resources consumed, and minimizing the risks posed by chemical substances.

In addition, by making effective use of the knowledge of LCA and Factor T that we have acquired so far, we will quantify environmental impacts in the four domains to identify hot spots. We will systematically categorize measures implemented in the past into the four T-COMPASS domains and introduce various measures to enhance our environmental management with respect to products and manufacturing. For example, we will promote resource recycling to minimize the amount of resources consumed; promote the use of renewable energy and ensure compliance with the Scope 3 Standard to respond to climate change and energy issues; go one step beyond what is required by global regulations, such as reducing PVCs , to minimize the risks posed by chemical substances; and enhance management of production sites by taking water stress into consideration to minimize the amount of water resources.

We will also expand the scope of environmental management not only to individual products but also to our supply chain and organizations. Further, we will take into consideration local differences in environmental issues and strengthen our environmental strategies for different regions.

Our second aim is to expand our environmental management network. To realize environmental management supported by the participation of all Toshiba Group employees around the world, we must share a commitment to contributing to solving all environmental issues as the world's foremost eco-company. In Toshiba Group Global Environmental Action 2014, to develop action programs in countries around the world, we selected issues appropriate for different regions from among the environmental issues addressed in T-COMPASS.

Toshiba Group's approach of reducing overall environmental impacts remains unchanged. We believe that by presenting our environmental contribution in more visual and concrete terms in four major domains, Toshiba Group will be able to further share the social values that we provide with stakeholders inside and outside the Group. We aim to disclose environmental information in an easier-to-understand way while carrying out the most advanced discussions on environmental management.


Toshiba Comprehensive environmental database and its Practical Application to Simplified and/or Streamlined LCA
SAICM :Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management

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Characteristics of T-COMPASS

Characteristic: Visualizing the environmental impacts by Toshiba Group's unique radar chart

T-COMPASS expresses LCA-based environmental indicators using its own radar chart. Symbols of the four cardinal compass points are used to represent the four major domains all Toshiba Group companies should address. The environmental footprint standard, which combines standards for assessing carbon and water footprints that have been recognized as global trends in recent years, makes reductions in overall environmental impacts easy to understand visually. Highly relevant environmental indicators are arranged appropriately along different axes; the radar chart depicts the structure of life cycle impact assessments in a simplified way. In addition to typical environmental indicators in the four major domains, other indicators are also defined in detail (up to eight or twelve points on the compass), thus enabling more detailed eco-designs.

[Image] Characteristic: Visualizing the environmental issues by Toshiba Group's unique radar chart

Characteristic: Giving thought to regional characteristics

Toshiba Group will use different environmental indicators for different regions in order to appropriately assess local environmental impacts such as air pollution, water contamination, and effects on the conservation of biodiversity. The Japanese version of the Life-cycle Impact assessment Method based on Endpoint modeling (LIME), which the Group currently uses, covers only evaluation coefficients based on data and values in Japan. Cutting-edge research and development are currently being carried out to adapt this method to various regions globally, and we will introduce new evaluation coefficients as soon as they become available.

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Toshiba Group's environmental footprints

Toshiba Group will analyze the environmental impacts of all its businesses throughout product life cycles in order to identify hot spots. By performing analysis on a trial basis while making the most of the LCA databases it has developed, the Group aims to establish a life-cycle impact assessment method based on the latest discussions about environmental footprints.

Changes in the calculation results will be analyzed annually so that improvement measures can be taken appropriately. Three-year fluctuations from 2011 are shown in the radar charts (for detailed data, refer to the page on “Overview of Environmental Impacts”). In each chart, the value for the base year (FY2011) has been set to 1; if the environmental impacts for a particular domain have been reduced, such values are represented as less than 1. In addition to the energy conservation efforts that have steadily been made since FY2011, these charts indicate that environmental impacts have also continued to fall in the domains of resources and chemicals, where such impacts rose in FY2012.

The percentage for each life cycle phase varies from one domain of environmental impacts to another, and it is important to take effective measures for each domain. In the future, since the trends in environmental footprints also vary from one business area to another, the Group will analyze its environmental footprints per business area.

[Image] Toshiba Group's environmental footprints

Life cycle

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