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Environmental Management Concept “T-COMPASS”

We will further advance and expand our environmental management systems by strategically addressing new global trends in environmental management

Toshiba Group has introduced T-COMPASS*1, a concept of environmental management, to achieve two aims. One of these aims is to enhance management focused on multiple environmental areas (multiple criteria) and product life cycles; this represents a new global trend. As we strive to help realize a sustainable society, responding properly to energy problems and climate change is our highest priority. In addition to these global environmental issues, however, there are many local agendas such as factors influencing human health, ecosystems, and resources; all these issues must be resolved comprehensively. As Toshiba Group's compass for its environmental activities, T-COMPASS defines four domains for the group's environmental contributions and represents these domains as the symbols of the four cardinal compass points. We will systematically categorize measures implemented in the past into the four T-COMPASS domains and introduce various measures to enhance our environmental management with respect to products and manufacturing. For example, we will promote resource recycling to minimize the amount of resources consumed; promote the use of renewable energy and ensure compliance with the SCOPE 3 Standard to respond to climate change and energy issues; go one step beyond what is required by global regulations, such as reducing PVCs, to minimize the risks posed by chemical substances; and enhance management of our sites by taking water stress into consideration to minimize the amount of water resources.

We will also expand the scope of environmental management not only to individual products but also to our supply chain and organizations. Further, we will take into consideration local differences in environmental issues and strengthen our environmental strategies for different regions. Our second aim is to expand our environmental management network. To realize environmental management supported by the participation of all Toshiba Group employees around the world, we must share a commitment to contributing to solving all environmental issues as the world's foremost eco-company. In Toshiba Group Global Environmental Action 2015, to develop action programs in countries around the world, we selected issues appropriate for different regions from among the environmental issues addressed in T-COMPASS.

[Image] Toshiba Group environmental compass T-COMPASS

We are using the same approach as before to reduce overall environmental impact. However, T-COMPASS visualizes environmental contributions in four major areas in a specific and easy-to-understand way. We believe this enables us to further share the value provided by Toshiba Group with our stakeholders inside and outside the group.

T-COMPASS: Toshiba Comprehensive environmental database and its Practical Application to Simplified and/or Streamlined LCA

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Characteristics of T-COMPASS

Characteristic: Visualizing environmental impacts by a radar chart

T-COMPASS expresses LCA-based environmental indicators using its own radar chart. Symbols of the four cardinal compass points are used to represent the four major domains all Toshiba Group companies should address. The environmental footprint standard, which combines standards for assessing carbon and water footprints that have been recognized as global trends in recent years, makes reductions in overall environmental impacts easy to understand visually. Highly relevant environmental indicators are arranged appropriately along different axes; the radar chart depicts the structure of life cycle impact assessments in a simplified way. In addition to typical environmental indicators in the four major domains, other indicators are also defined in detail (up to eight or twelve points on the compass), thus enabling more detailed eco-designs.

[Image] Characteristic: Visualizing environmental impacts by a radar chart

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Toshiba Group's environmental footprints

Toshiba Group will analyze the environmental impacts of all its businesses throughout product life cycles in order to identify hot spots. By performing analysis on a trial basis while making the most of the LCA databases it has developed, the Group aims to establish an assessment method based on the latest discussions about environmental footprints.

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