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New Concept “T-COMPASS”

Toshiba Group is promoting environmental management by striving to achieve two types of goals: long-term goals based on Environmental Vision 2050 and short-term goals that can be attained by taking various measures in the immediate future. In FY2012, the Group formulated and announced the Fifth Environmental Action Plan, which aims to integrate business activities with environmental management.

From FY2013, we will introduce T-Compass, a new concept of environmental management. Based on the knowledge we have acquired so far, we aim to establish our position as one of the world's foremost eco-companies by strategically addressing new global trends in environmental management and advance and expand our environmental management systems even further.

[Image] Toshiba Group's own criteria

oshiba Comprehensive environmental database and its Practical Application to Simplified and/or Streamlined LCA

Making GHG emissions in the supply chain visible for all categories.

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Characteristics of T-Compass

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, and all these issues must be solved comprehensively. As Toshiba Group's compass for it's environmental activities, T-Compass uses the letters standing for the four cardinal points (north, south, east, and west) to represent the environmental issues the Group should address. The Group's approach of reducing overall environmental impacts remains unchanged. We believe that by presenting our environmental contributions in 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.

Characteristic 1: Visualizing the environmental issues through 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. In addition, other highly relevant environmental indicators are arranged appropriately on the compass to make reductions in overall environmental impacts easy to understand visually.

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 the disclosure of the environmental information most appropriate to the recipients (see the table below).

As for indicators whose calculation method is still under discussion and has not been reached agreement, they will gradually be disclosed while referring to trends in international discussions.

Characteristic 2: 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.

Characteristic 3: Utilizing LCA databases

Comprehensive databases of environmental impacts are indispensable for companies conducting life cycle assessments. Toshiba Group has independently developed databases of industrial input-output tables in order to assess the impacts of all its products and services on the environment; in the future, the Group will further improve these databases and apply them in combination with databases developed by other companies and organizations.

Environmental indicators (examples)
4 indicators 8 indicators/12 indicators
Natural resource consumption [tons] (N) Metal resources [tons] or waste [tons]
Forest resources [m³] or land use [m²]
Fossil fuels [MJ]
Greenhouse gas missions [tons] (E) Greenhouse gas emissions [tons]
Air pollution [UAF] or Acidification [AP]
Chemical substance risks [*] (S) Effects on human health [HTP] or effects on ecosystems [AETP]
Eutrophication [EP]
Water consumption [m³] (W) Water consumption [m³]
To be determined

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Toshiba Group's environmental footprint

Toshiba Group's environmental footprint represents the impacts of all its businesses on the environment after taking such businesses' life cycles into consideration. (For a detailed breakdown of the data.) In the future, the Group will also disclose the environmental footprints of its individual products and services.

4 indicators
[Image] 4 indicators

8 indicators
[Image] 8 indicators

12 indicators
[Image] 12 indicators
* Figures for non-calculated indicators are noted as 1.

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Advancing to the next stage of environmental management

This year, 2013, marks the 20th anniversary of Toshiba Group's application of LCA, and the 10th anniversary of the group's introduction of Factor T. For the next decade, the Group is introducing T-Compass, a new concept of environmental management, in order to add a new approach.

First, we will reorganize and systematize all the environmental initiatives we have implemented thus far into the four points of the compass, and restructure them so that Toshiba Group can provide social values as it strives to solve all of these environmental issues. In addition, we will develop an environmental compass for each region by paying attention to the significant environmental aspects of business activities in each region. This will lead to the upgrading and expansion of measures that are already being promoted under the Fifth Environmental Action Plan, such as making excellent ECPs fit for local markets based on local preferences and encouraging all employees to participate in Global Environmental Action in each region so that all such actions are connected at the global level.

Toshiba Group aims at global environmental management, which is not built on a uniform framework based on Japanese values but rather is oriented toward the diversity of countries and territories in the world. We also aim to establish our position as one of the world's foremost eco-companies by continuing to run one step ahead of others as we strive to solve environmental issues.

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