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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 15th 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). The 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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As a corporate citizen of planet Earth

[Image] As a corporate citizen of planet Earth

Toshiba Group requires all its employees to be always aware in their actions that the Group is a corporate citizen of planet Earth. Specifically, this means that they are required to contribute to the creation of a better global environment, and respect cultures and customs in the communities around the world in which we do business, and contribute to the local community. In our Environmental Vision 2050, we believe that it is necessary to achieve an average of Factor 10 for the entire world by FY2050, but the members of the international community vary greatly from developed to emerging countries. Developed countries are urged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions not by half but to 20% of 1990 levels, and if the target is limited to developed countries alone, the Factor in 2050 must be 25, a target extremely difficult to reach. Toshiba Group will offer optimal solutions taking into consideration all different situations in various regions of the world such as economic affluence, accessible resources, and infrastructure development.

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Initiatives to realize a sustainable society

[Image] Initiatives to realize a sustainable society

Toshiba Group aims at three forms of sustainable society: A Low-Carbon Society, A Sound Material-Cycle Society, and A Society in Harmony with Nature. Toshiba Group, meanwhile, aims to contribute to reduction of environmental impacts by advancing environmental management initiatives, which consist of three pillars: mitigation of climate change, efficient use of resources, and management of chemicals.

In environmental management, it is important to evaluate in quantitative terms whether our initiatives are really making progress toward the realization of a sustainable society. In FY2003, Toshiba Group introduced a LIME-based* comprehensive evaluation method and has since used it as an indicator of environmental management. The LIME environmental assessment method based on the calculation of damage, assesses effects on four elements that should be protected: life, and factors essential to maintain life, for both human society and ecosystems. It makes the most of the latest knowledge and analytical methods of environmental science, and one of its benefits is to enable exhaustive assessments of environmental impacts for a wide range of environmental issues, including biodiversity — an area that has attracted much attention in recent years. In the future, Toshiba Group will continue to make the best use of the LIME assessment method as it moves steadily toward a sustainable society.

One of the leading environmental assessment methods in Japan, LIME (Life-cycle Impact assessment Method based on Endpoint modeling) was developed by the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, an independent administrative institution.

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"Toshiba eco style" logo

As a symbol of Toshiba's environmental management which aims to ensure that all people can live affluent lifestyles in harmony with the Earth, we have established “Toshiba eco style” logo. We will promote at a global scale to have our eco-conscious products help create richer, more diverse lifestyles for individuals while reducing impacts on the global environment.

[Image] Symbol of Toshiba Group's environmental management “Toshiba eco style”

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