Toshiba Group's Seventh Environmental Action Plan
We at Toshiba Group have formulated the Environmental Action Plan to achieve our long-term environmental vision. In this plan, we specify detailed areas of activity as well as set and manage targets. Based on Toshiba Group's Environmental Future Vision 2050, we have now formulated the Seventh Environmental Action Plan with an activity period covering FY2021 to FY2023. There are 19 targets set in three activity areas, “Response to climate change”, “Response to the circular economy” and “Consideration of ecosystems”, with the first two being the priority items, and also “Enhancement of the basis of environmental management”, which supports the three activity areas. We will further develop and refine our activities in line with these targets to achieve our long-term vision and to help resolve various social issues, starting with climate change.
Toshiba Group's Seventh Environmental Action Plan
|Activity area||Activity content||FY2021 target||FY2022 target||FY2023 target|
|Response to climate change
|Business activities||Reduction of total GHG emissions*1||1.10 million t-CO2||1.08 million t-CO2||1.04 million t-CO2|
|Improvement of total energy-derived CO2 emissions per unit||1% improvement compared to FY2020||1% improvement compared to FY2021||1% improvement compared to FY2022|
|Products & services||Products and services associated with power supply||Reduction of GHG emissions during power supply (Base year: FY2019)*2||9.1% reduction||11.4% reduction||13.6% reduction|
|Contribution to GHG reduction through introduction of renewable energy (cumulative total)*3||13 million t-CO2||28 million t-CO2||43 million t-CO2|
|Products and services associated with power consumption||Contribution to GHG reduction during product use (cumulative total)*4||26 million t-CO2||54 million t-CO2||84 million t-CO2|
|Business activities/ Products & services||Contribution to GHG reduction through digital technology||Promotion of the use of digital technologies to realize remote operation, automation, and intelligence|
|Promotion of business that adapt to impacts of climate change||Development of measures aimed at stable energy supply, strengthened resilience, etc.|
|Response to the circular economy (Priority item)||Business activities||Reduction of waste volume*5||31,000 t||33,000 t||33,000 t|
|Improvement of the volume of waste generated per unit||1% improvement compared to FY2020||1% improvement compared to FY2021||1% improvement compared to FY2022|
|Products & services||Increased amount of plastic resources recycled (cumulative total)*6||700 t||1,400 t||2,200 t|
|Increased amount of resources saved (cumulative total)*7||150,000 t||300,000 t||450,000 t|
|Promotion of circular economy businesses||Creation of business models that improve both resource efficiency and corporate value|
|Consideration of ecosystems||Chemical substance management||Business activities||Reduction of the amount of chemicals discharged per unit||1% improvement compared to FY2020||1% improvement compared to FY2021||1% improvement compared to FY2022|
|Products & services||Reduction of specified chemical substances contained in products||Responding to policies and regulations regarding specified chemical substance management by countries around the world|
|Water resource management||Business activities||Improvement of the amount of water received per unit||1% improvement compared to FY2020||1% improvement compared to FY2021||1% improvement compared to FY2022|
|Conservation of Biodiversity||Activities at global sites based on the themes set out in reference to the new international goals*8||Setting of five themes*9 as Toshiba Group's activity targets and promotion of employee participatory initiatives in and outside Toshiba sites|
|Enhancement of the basis of environmental management||Environmental communication||External communication||Communicating Toshiba Group's environmental initiatives on its Environment website|
|Networking with stakeholders||Promotion of communication activities in the age of the “new normal” based on collaboration with local residents, NPOs, NGOs, and administrative offices and among employees|
|Environmental risk management & compliance||Strengthening of the internal compliance management system and thorough implementation of internal education||Building and strengthening of the internal compliance management system through the Toshiba Group Environmental Audit System and Performance Evaluation System; provision of environmental education according to different posts, occupational roles, and specializations|
- Basic-unit goals for energy-derived CO2 emissions, waste, water, and chemical substances: activities are assessed using indicators such as nominal output, the number of products manufactured, the number of persons and total floor area.
- CO2 from electricity is calculated using emission coefficients provided by power companies.
- The reduction rate of GHG emissions from products and services associated with power supply, such as thermal power generation (compared to FY2019). The calculation method is as follows:
GHG emissions from power generation for FY2021 onward due to newly installed or upgraded facilities are calculated into a reduction rate from emissions in FY2019. The arithmetic mean for the results during the period of the Seventh Environmental Action Plan is used.
- Contribution to GHG reduction by products and services associated with power supply such as hydroelectric, geothermal, and photovoltaic power generation. The calculation method is as follows:
Obtain the difference between average GHG emissions per unit of all thermal power generation (coal, gas, oil) and GHG emissions per unit of renewable energy generation and multiply it by output, operation rate, facility utilization rate, expected service life, etc. Aggregate the cumulative total volume of contribution to GHG reduction due to power generation in FY2021 onward attributable to newly installed or upgraded facilities.
- Contribution to GHG reduction by products and services associated with power consumption, such as social infrastructure products. The calculation method is as follows:
Obtain the difference between total GHG emissions of assumed substitute products and total GHG emissions of shipped products and multiply it by the expected service life. Aggregate the cumulative total volume of the three years.
- Obtained by deducting the volume of objects with value from the total volume of waste generated (excluding sites engaged in waste treatment and power generation).
- Cumulative total volume of recycled plastics and bioplastics used over the three years.
- Cumulative total volume of resources conserved due to lighter product weights and longer product service lives over the three years. The calculation method is as follows:
[Total volume of input materials for assumed substitute products – Total volume of input materials for shipped products]
- Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework scheduled to be adopted at the 15th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 15) (scheduled to be held from October 2021 to May 2022). Toshiba Group has set its activity themes referring to the first draft of the framework. First draft:
https://www.cbd.int/doc/c/abb5/591f/2e46096d3f0330b08ce87a45/wg2020-03-03-en.pdf (PDF)(498KB) (Convention on Biological Diversity)
- (1) Building of ecosystem networks, (2) Conservation of rare species, promotion of ex situ conservation, (3) Response to marine plastics issues, (4) Response to climate change (mitigation, adaptation), (5) Conservation of water