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Business (Products/Services): We develop energy technologies and energy-saving products/services required to realize a low-carbon society.

Actions to address the three challenges in Environmental Vision 2050

Mitigation of Climate Change

Social issues
  • Setting goals for GHG emissions in each country in accordance with Paris Agreement
  • Proposing contribution with products and services under Electrical and Electronics Industries' "Action Plan for Commitment to a Low-Carbon Society"
  • Increased energy demand
Risks and opportunities for Toshiba Group
Risks :
Business opportunity losses due to delayed actions to meet energy conservation regulations of various nations
Opportunities :Business expansion due to increased needs for energy-saving products/services and low-carbon energy technologies
Toshiba Group's policy
  • Reducing CO2 emissions during use by improving product/service energy efficiency
  • Ensuring a stable power supply and developing/providing low-carbon energy technologies
Measures to take
  • Reducing GHG emissions by improving the energy efficiency of products and services associated with power supply and with power consumption

Efficient Use of Resources

Social issues
  • Serious resource depletion
  • Transition to a circular economy that promotes recycling, reuse, and product longevity
Risks and opportunities for Toshiba Group
Risks :
Loss of business opportunities due to an unstable supply of rare materials, increases in their prices, and delays in improving product resource efficiency
Opportunities :Business expansion due to increased needs for products with high resource efficiency, cost reductions due to decreased resource inputs
Toshiba Group's policy
  • Improving product/service resource efficiency and promoting product longevity
  • Expanding use of parts made from secondary raw materials
Measures to take
  • Increasing the amount of resources saved by promoting resource-saving design Increasing the amount of recycled plastics used

Management of Chemicals

Social issues
  • Minimizing risks caused by chemicals
  • Managing chemicals based on the precautionary principle
Risks and opportunities for Toshiba Group
Risks :
Business opportunity losses due to delayed actions to meet regulations on the management of chemicals contained in products
Loss of business opportunities and reputation if legal violations occur
Opportunities :Increased business opportunities due to greater needs in related businesses (e.g., advanced wastewater treatment systems)
Toshiba Group's policy
  • Ensuring management of chemicals contained in products by appropriate management at each stage of materials procurement and manufacturing
  • Promoting risk management by appropriately communicating information throughout the value chain
Measures to take
  • Promoting use of alternatives to specified chemicals (four phthalate esters*1)
*1
Bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, butyl benzyl phthalate, di-n-butyl phthalate, diisobutyl phthalate. Used mainly as a plasticizer for plastics (cable coatings, etc.) and other materials; there is concern about its effects on the human body.

Basic approach

Toshiba Group aims to contribute to resolving climate change and other environmental issues by continuing to improve the environmental performance of all products and services that we develop.

First, we identify the level of environmental performance required to resolve issues facing society and customers during use of products and services, set "eco-targets" to achieve the required level of performance, and incorporate such targets into product specifications.

Then, we confirm that our products and services comply with all relevant laws and regulations. Meanwhile, based on the three elements of ECPs (see the column below), we define and manage ECP standards for the environmental performance to realize at each stage of the lifecycle of products and services in order to ensure their quality with respect to the environment.

From among such products and services, we choose those with the highest levels of environmental performance at the time of product release and certify them as Excellent ECPs within Toshiba Group.

Process of creating Excellent ECPs
[Image] Process of creating Excellent ECPs

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Toshiba Environmental Standards

- Assessment based on the three elements of ECPs -

Environmentally Conscious Products (ECPs) are designed to minimize environmental impact throughout all stages of their lifecycles, including during procurement of materials, manufacture, distribution, use, disposal, and recycling.

ECPs have three elements: mitigation of climate change, efficient use of resources, and management of chemicals. Toshiba Group sets its own environmental standards (ECP standards) for each product model to assess overall environmental performance, which includes all three of these elements. Environmental assessments are performed during the development of every product to check not only whether the product complies with laws and regulations but also to check whether the product meets the ECP standards.

Three elements of ECPs
[Image] Three elements of ECPs

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