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Achievements of the Fifth Environmental Action Plan

We achieved our goals for 17 of the 22 items in 3 areas (products, business processes, and management).

Setting medium-term goals based on Environmental Vision 2050

In order to realize an ideal state of the Earth in 2050 envisaged by Environmental Vision 2050, Toshiba Group formulates Environmental Action Plan for medium-term goals and manages specific environmental activities and their targets. Since we formulated our first Environmental Action Plan in FY1993, the Group has reviewed the content of the plans every several years and expanded and changed the scope of environmental activities and governance.

Under the Fifth Environmental Action Plan, the three challenges presented in Environmental Vision 2050 (Mitigation of Climate Change, Efficient Use of Resources, and Management of Chemicals) were reflected in goals related to products/services and business processes. Thus, we worked to carry out initiatives for 22 activity items during the five-year action period from FY2012 to FY2016.

Achievements of the Fifth Environmental Action Plan

The table on the right side summarizes the achievements made in FY2016, the final fiscal year of the Fifth Environmental Action Plan, with respect to each plan item. During FY2016, Toshiba Group achieved its goals for 17 of the 22 items in the Plan.

Environmental Vision 2050 requires the Group to increase the degree of improvement in overall eco-efficiency ten times (Factor 10) by FY2050 compared to the FY2000 level. We set our goal for FY2016 higher than what is expected from the current level of activities, and worked in the areas of products and business processes to achieve the goal of increasing eco-efficiency by 3.00 times (Factor 3.00). As a result, overall eco-efficiency in FY2016 was 3.3 times the FY2000 level (Factor 3.3), exceeding our goal (3.2 times).

In areas related to products and services (Greening of Products/ Greening by Technology), Toshiba Group achieved its goals for five of the seven items. We achieved the goal of reducing CO2 emissions with eco-products by means such as promoting creation of energy- saving products. However, we failed to achieve our goal of expansion of sales of energy-related products due to energy business sales failing to increase as originally expected. We also could not achieve our goal of reducing the amount of PVC/BFR contained in products due to introducing one group of products to the market ahead of the original schedule, which made it difficult to apply alternative materials in time.

In the Greening of Process initiative, we achieved our goals for eight of the nine items. We achieved our goal of reducing total greenhouse gas emissions mainly by making energy-saving investments; taking measures to conserve electricity used for air conditioning, lighting, etc.; and monitoring power consumption more closely. However, we could not achieve our target percentage of final waste disposal because of difficulties at our overseas production sites.

In the Green Management initiative, we achieved our goals for two of the three items. Specifically, to conserve biodiversity, we used our business and production sites to complete the selection of indicators and measurement for all target areas to protect rare flora and fauna. In terms of environmental education and human resource development, we refrained from holding events related to Toshiba eco-style leaders. Consequently, we had only limited opportunities to invite employees to become leaders and were unable to achieve our goal.

Regarding the goals in the Fifth Environmental Action Plan that we could not achieve, we will continue efforts to make improvements in the Sixth Environmental Action Plan and in our daily environmental management activities.

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Summary of the Fifth Environmental Action Plan

The following table summarizes the major achievements of Toshiba Group's five-year activities and actions to take in the future.

Greening of Products

Achievement
We made progress in developing Environmentally Conscious Products (ECPs) and established a system for creating products with the highest environmental performance (Excellent ECPs).
Future Action
We will continue to develop ECPs while reorganizing and further promoting activities to create them.

Greening by Technology

Achievement
We made progress in our activity to realize a low-carbon society through efforts to develop and provide technologies for high-efficiency thermal power generation and renewable energy, etc.
Future Action
We will continue to develop low-carbon energy technologies.

Greening of Process

Achievement
We made progress in high-efficiency manufacturing through efforts to reduce GHG emissions, waste, and water received, etc.
Future Action
We will continue to promote initiatives for high-efficiency manufacturing.

Green Management

Achievement
We made progress in efforts within Toshiba Group for all items and improved the level of activities at business and production sites as well as raised employee awareness.
Future Action
We will continue and enhance our activities while taking on new items, including enhancing compliance and overcoming the shortage of environmental personnel.

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Toshiba Group's Fifth Environmental Action Plan

Eco-efficiency FY2016
Goal Result Evaluation
Improvement of overall eco-efficiency
(compared to FY2000 level)
3.2 times 3.3 times Achieved
Improvement of product eco-efficiency
(compared to FY2000 level)
3.6 times 3.8 times Achieved
Improvement of business process eco-efficiency
(compared to FY2000 level)
1.5 times 1.1 times Not achieved*1
Greening of Products/Greening by Technology FY2016
Goal Result Evaluation
Overall Increasing sales amounts of Excellent ECPs (Greening of Products/ by Technology) 1.9 trillion yen 1.98 trillion yen Achieved
Variety of certified products increased in all areas.
Expansion of sales of energy-related products (Greening by Technology) 1.24 trillion yen 0.99 trillion yen Not achieved
Sales in various businesses did not increase as much as initially expected.
Mitigation of climate change Reduction of CO2 emissions through eco-products*2 (Greening of Products) 15.5 million t-CO2 15.65 million t-CO2 Achieved
We reduced CO2 emissions during use by creating products with the highest energy-saving performance and by developing highly energy efficient products that reduce power consumption during use.
Reduction of CO2 emissions through energy-related products*3 (Greening by Technology) 74 million t-CO2 100 million t-CO2 Achieved
We made progress in spreading of high-efficiency thermal power generation and renewable energy.
Efficient use of resources Resource savings for products*4 50% 144% Achieved
We significantly reduced resource consumption for products in all areas.
Increasing the use of recycled plastics for products*5 3.50% 10.60% Achieved
We expanded the use of recycled plastic parts in MFPs, etc.
Management of chemicals Reduction of specified chemical substances in products*6 (reduction of PVC*7/BFR*7) 66 product groups in total 65 product groups Not achieved
Although we chose alternative materials for one of the product groups, we could not apply the materials because the product was introduced to the market ahead of the original schedule. As a result, we could not achieve the goal.
Greening of Process FY2016
Goal Result Evaluation
Mitigation of climate change Reduction in total greenhouse gas emissions*8 (Compared to FY1990 level) 3.25 million t-CO2(48%) 2.94 million t-CO2(43%) Achieved
We made improvements by actively promoting energy-saving measures and by improving production efficiency at our sites.
Improvement of total energy-derived CO2 emissions per unit production*9 (Compared to FY2010 level) 91% 90% Achieved
We made improvements by actively promoting energy-saving measures and by improving production efficiency at our sites.
Improvement of total CO2 emissions from product logistics per unit production (Compared to FY2010 level) 82% 78% Achieved
We made improvements by improving load factors and restructuring logistics centers.
Efficient use of resources Reduction in waste volumes*10 (Compared to FY2000 level) 110,000t (58%) 77,000t (41%) Achieved
More waste was turned into valuables due to efforts to sort waste more carefully.
Improvement of the total volume of waste generated per unit production (Compared to FY2010 level) 88% 83% Achieved
The total volume of waste decreased as a result of process improvements.
Reduction in the percentage of final waste disposal (Compared to the total volume of waste generated by Toshiba Group) 0.50% 0.55% Not achieved
At overseas sites, paper and wood waste is disposed of in landfills by administrative policy. As a result, we could not achieve the goal.
Improvement of the amount of water received per unit production (Compared to FY2010 level) 87% 77% Achieved
We made improvements at semiconductor sites that receive large amounts of water.
Management of chemicals Reduction in the total emissions of chemicals discharged (Compared to FY2000 level) 1,620t(64%) 1,398t(56%) Achieved
We mainly promoted installation of volatile organic compound removers.
Improvement of the amount of chemicals handled per unit production (Compared to FY2010 level) 94% 94% Achieved
We mainly optimized the amount of chemicals used and revised wastewater treatment processes.
Green Management FY2016
Goal Result Evaluation
Conservation of biodiversity Developing ecosystem networks with our sites playing a central role in collaboration with local communities Percentage of sites with measured effects 100% Percentage of sites with measured effects 100% Achieved
We have completed surveys, indicator selection, and measurement at all 62 global sites.
Environmental education and human resource development Development of Toshiba eco-style leaders 2,000 leaders 1,710 leaders Not achieved
We could not achieve the goal mainly because we refrained from holding eco-style leader-related events; thus, the number of registered eco-style leaders did not increase sufficiently.
Environmental communication Expanding environmental communication to connect people around the world Implementation of Toshiba Group Global Environmental Action Various activities, including cleaning and tree planting, were carried out in Japan, Europe, Americas, Asia, and China. Achieved
We carried out various environmental activities at business and production sites around the world.
Note:
As an indicator that enables appropriate assessment of reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, volume-based real outputs are used for basic-unit goals.
Real production = [Nominal output in Japan] / [corporate goods price index (for electrical equipment) announced by the Bank of Japan for the year (compared to 1990 levels, where 1990 is represented as 1)] + [nominal output outside Japan]
*1
Business process eco-efficiency is calculated by dividing sales by the business process’s total environmental impact. As a result, we could not achieve our goal due to decreased sales in FY2016.
*2
[CO2 emissions of assumed substitute products] − [CO2 emissions of shipped products] (Compares emissions per year during the usage stage and cumulates emissions for half the expected number of years of use).
*3
Compared with CO2 emissions (rate to net production output) for average thermal power of the same fuel type; for nuclear power/renewable energy, compared with CO2 emissions (rate to net production output) for average thermal power of all types.
*4
Rate of increase in the amount of resources saved (based on FY2010).
*5
[Amount of recycled plastics] / [Amount of plastics used for products] × 100
*6
Abolished except special uses.
*7
PVC: Polyvinyl chloride is one of the most common plastics and is used in a wide range of products. There is concern about the generation of hazardous substances due to inappropriate treatment of PVC at the time of disposal and the harmfulness of some additives (e.g., phthalate esters) used to soften PVC.
BFR (brominated flame retardants): BFRs are used as flame retarders for plastics. Some BFRs are raising health concerns while others persist in the environment or are bioaccumulative. There is also concern over the generation of hazardous substances due to inappropriate treatment at disposal.
*8
5.31 t-CO2/10,000 kWh is used for the power factor in Japan. GHG Protocol data is used overseas.
*9
The coefficient of electricity for sites in Japan is fixed to that of FY2010.
*10
Obtained by deducting the volume of objects with value from the total volume of waste generated (excluding business and production sites engaged in waste treatment and power generation).

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