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Key Issue: Environmental Management

Environmental Management

In October 2011 the global population exceeded 7 billion people. Rapid population growth and urbanization are forecast for the emerging market of Asia and Africa. Alongside this, we need to deal with associated issues; issues on a global scale that are interconnected and impact on one another in a complex way, such as climate change, the depletion of minerals, metals, fossil fuels and other resources that support today’s society, as well as energy, water and food shortages.
Toshiba has been integrating business management and environmental management, and aims to establish ourselves as one of the world’s foremost eco-companies.

We are now implementing our Fifth Environmental Action Plan and promoting environmental management with the four “Greens”concepts.

Toshiba Group has developed “Environmental Vision 2050” as the corporate vision under which we aim to realize a world in which people can enjoy affluent lifestyles in harmony with the Earth by the year 2050. The vision require the Group to increase the degree of improvement in overall eco-efficiency by ten times (Factor 10) by 2050 against the 2000 level. Toward that goal, we are now following Fifth Environmental Action Plan, which we initiated in FY2012, under which we promote four “Green” concepts-“Greening of Process” (environmentally conscious manufacturing), “Green of Product” (creation of Environmental Management products with the highest level of environmental performance), “Green by Technology” (low-carbon energy technologies), and “Green Management” (continuous improvement of basic activities). In this Action Plan, we are further integrating business management and environmental management in all business areas, and have set specific goals to ensure continuous business growth and reduce environmental impacts.

Developing various measures with the 4 greens
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Green of Product/Green by Technology

Sales of Excellent ECPs
Net sales of Excellent ECPs

\1.6 trillion in sales

Results were significantly higher than the planned \0.8 trillion by expanding certified products such as system solution products.

* Products that have been certified by Toshiba as having the best environmental performance in the industry at the time of product release.
ECPs = Environmentally Conscious Products

Example of Excellent ECPs certified in FY2013

Human resource development and training solution (LMS or Learning Management System) “Generalist®/LM”

Learning Management System “Generalist®/LM”
Using LMS will help to reduce administrative work associated with management of training, use of facilities and transfers of students, and in turn, contribute to energy and resource conservation.

Geothermal power generation 
Flash geothermal power generation systems

Geothermal power generation Flash geothermal power generation systems

  • No.1 share*1 in the global market in terms of total generating capacity
  • Realizing high performance and high reliability with moisture removal technology, coating technology, axial exhaust turbines, etc.
MRI Equipment
Vantage ELAN™

MRI Equipment
Vantage ELAN™

  • No.1 in energy and resource conservation class*2 (power consumption & installation space)
  • Realizing a small footprint and low energy consumption while maintaining high level performance.
Elevator for Chinese market

Elevator for Chinese market

  • Industry-leading*2 levels of energy saving in elevators for social housing
  • Reduces stand-by energy by adopting a new control system and turning off fans and lightings automatically

*1: As of June, 2013. Capacity based power generation total delivery record, based on Toshiba in-house research.
*2: At the time of product release; not intended to guarantee the current position.

Green of Product

Overall Emission
Overall emission

2.76 million tonnes-CO2

By actively promoting energy-saving diagnostics and investment, the level of emissions was lower than the planned level of 3.92 million tonnes CO2, and has been reduced to less than half the FY1990 level.

The CO2 emission factor used in FY2013 is the FY2012 value (4.87 tonnes CO2 per 10,000 kWh)

Green Management

Lights-down at the HQ building (before and after)
Lights-down at the HQ building (before and after)

Participation from 363 sites
For the first time on June 5, 2013, 363 business and production sites promoted and participated in the energy conservation-themed, simultaneous lights-down activity, to reduce lighting at business sites and the homes of employees.

We are committed to continue to enhance environmental management and have introduced T-COMPASS, a new environmental management concept.

Toshiba Group’s Environmental Compass: “T-COMPASS”
Toshiba Group’s Environmental Compass: “T-COMPASS”

At Toshiba Group we develop and apply our own measures to achieve reductions in environmental impacts. For example, in FY1993 we introduced LCA, a method for lifecycle environmental impact assessment, and in FY2003 we introduced “factor,” as a measure of improvement in eco-efficiency. In FY2013 we introduced a new environmental management concept called T-Compass, in order to strategically capture new global trends, such as widening the scope and coverage of the environmental aspects of business.
As the environmental compass for Toshiba, T-Compass represents all environmental issues that need addressing with the North, South, East and West symbols of the compass. While there has been no change to our prior approach of reducing our overall environmental impacts, by specifically identifying environmental contributions in four main areas we believe that Toshiba Group will be able to better share the value we are providing with both internal and external shareholders. While taking on board leading-edge discussions, we aim to make the environmental information that we disclose easier to understand.

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