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Environmental Vision 2050

“Toward Environmental Vision 2050” Toshiba Group will contribute to society by creating new value through innovation to ensure that all people can lead affluent lifestyles in harmony with the Earth.

Toshiba Group, aiming to become one of the world's foremost eco companies, continues to ask how mankind should live in the future and what role we should play in society and for the Earth. As solutions for various environmental issues, including climate change, are called for, Toshiba Group has developed Environmental Vision 2050 to ensure that these environmental issues are solved and that all people can lead affluent lifestyles in harmony with the Earth. With the DNA of Toshiba Group, we endeavor to contribute to society with passion and determination and will create new value through revolutionary innovations.

Environmental Vision 2050

The world population topped seven billion in October 2011, and rapid population growth and the urbanization of populations are expected to continue to occur mainly in the emerging countries of Africa, Asia and other regions. As a result, food, water, and energy shortages; decreases in the consumable resources such as fossil fuels, metals, and minerals that support today's society; climate change; and other problems are having global effects as a result of their complicated, intricate relations with one another. We must address these issues urgently.

Toshiba Group has developed Environmental Vision 2050, a corporate vision that envisages affluent lifestyles in harmony with the Earth as an ideal situation of mankind in 2050, and will work to realize this vision.

Changes in the World Population (Estimates)
[Image] Changes in the World Population (Estimates)

Mega-trends in Environmental Changes
[Image] Mega-trends in Environmental Changes

Throughout the life cycle of products from manufacture and use to recycling and reuse, Toshiba Group will strive to provide safer and more comfortable lifestyles and create enriched value for customers. The Group will also strive for harmony with the Earth by working to mitigate climate change, using resources efficiently, and managing chemicals properly in order to reduce environmental impact.

[Image] Environmental Vision 2050

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Performance indicators for our Vision

[Image] Performance indicators for Environmental Vision 2050

Based on the concept of eco-efficiency, we have set goals to ensure that all people can lead affluent lifestyles in harmony with the Earth.

Eco-efficiency can be expressed as a fraction, with the creation of new value as the numerator and environmental impacts as the denominator. The more enriched value created—or the more environmental impact is reduced and progress made toward coexisting with the Earth—the more eco-efficiency improves. We call the degree of improvement in eco-efficiency the "Factor," and increasing the Factor leads to affluent lifestyles in harmony with the Earth.

Based on several predictions about the future shapes society may take, we examined how much we need to raise the Factor by 2050. It is assumed that the gross domestic product (GDP) of a country reflects value that its people can enjoy. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the world's average GDP per capita is expected to grow 3.4 times by 2050.

It is also expected that the world population will increase by 1.5 times as compared to 2000 by 2050. And at the Conference of the Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, participants emphasized that it is necessary to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by half by 2050.

If the three points cited above are taken into account, the required degree of improvement in eco-efficiency (Factor) in the world in 2050 is 10.2 (3.4 × 1.5 × 2). Toshiba Group Environmental Vision 2050 requires that the Group globally achieve Factor 10 by 2050. In consideration of the above, a long-term goal has been set by backcasting from the ideal situation in 2050. (See the graph below.)

At the same time, for FY2015, the final year of the Fifth Environmental Action Plan which began in FY2012, achieving Factor 3.0 has been set as a stretch goal based on current initiatives through forecasting.

[Image] Performance indicators for Environmental Vision 2050

Targets for Environmental Vision 2050

  • It is necessary to increase the world's eco-efficiency by 10 times as compared to the FY2000 level by FY2050 (Factor 10).
  • It is necessary to make improvements to reach at least Factor 3.0 in FY2015, the target year of the Fifth Environmental Action Plan.

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