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Toshiba Draws up Fifth Environmental Action Plan

Defining environmental targets including increasing sales of environmentally conscious products
5 Jun, 2012

TOKYO—Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) today announced its Fifth Environmental Action Plan, covering the period from FY2012 to FY2015. The plan details Toshiba's latest action items on a global basis for realizing Environmental Vision 2050, a vision of the world in 2050 where people live affluent lifestyles in harmony with the Earth. Toward achieving this vision, Toshiba has defined specific environmental targets, among them FY2015 sales of outstanding environmentally conscious products that are six times higher than sales in FY2011. Toshiba aims to enhance value by using energy-efficient products and decrease environmental impacts in the manufacture and use of products.

The Fifth Environmental Action Plan targets global sales of outstanding environmentally conscious products, which Toshiba defines as Excellent ECP[1], with a value of 1,800 billion yen in FY2015, six times sales in FY2011, and sales of energy supply products with a value of 1,900 billion yen in the same year, 1.5 times FY2011.

The latest plan contains a notable number of new items, among them measures to increase biodiversity by building regional ecosystem networks in cooperation with regional communities, regional and global environmental communication by employees, and environmental education and human resources development. One target calls for training 2,000 "Toshiba eco-style leaders" to be responsible for promoting environmental awareness.

Toshiba, a company that aims to be an even stronger global contender and that is accelerating the pace of its expansion in the global market, contributes to the realization of a sustainable society by integrating business management and environmental management.

Toshiba-certified environmentally conscious products that achieve the highest level of environmental performance in the industry

Outline of the Fifth Environmental Action Plan

Environmental efficiency  FY2012 Targets  FY2015 Targets
Total eco-efficiency (FY2000 baseline)  2.5  3.0
Product eco-efficiency  (FY2000 baseline)  2.8  3.4
Business process eco-efficiency (FY2000 baseline)  1.35  1.5

Greening of Products [2] and Greening by Technology [3]  FY2012 Targets  FY2015 Targets
Total  Sales of Excellent ECPs  500 billion yen  1,800 billion yen
Sales of energy supply products with high environmental efficiency  1,360 billion yen  1,900 billion yen
Mitigation of climate change  Contribution to CO2 emissions reduction through eco products (Greening of Products) [4]  6 million ton  15 million ton
Contribution to CO2 emissions reduction through eco products (Greening by Technology) [5]  450 million ton  490 million ton
Efficient use of resources  Rate of reduction in resources used  33%  50%
Rate of use of recycled plastics  2.6%  3.0%
Chemical Management  Reduction of use of specified chemicals
(PVC, BFR[6]
Abolition of use of all these substances in 20 products groups   Abolition of use of all these substances in 80 products groups [7]

Greening of Process [8]  FY2012 Targets  FY2015 Targets
Mitigation of climate change  Total greenhouse gas emissions
(FY1990 baseline) 
3.45 million tons
4.39 million tons
Total energy-derived CO2 emissions per unit production (FY2010 baseline)  96%  90%
Total CO2 emissions from product logistics per unit production (FY2010 baseline)  98%  95%
Efficient use of resources  Total volume of waste (FY2000 baseline)  107 thousand tons (65%)  117 thousand tons (71%)
Total waste generated per unit production (FY2010 baseline)  96%  90%
Percentage of final waste disposal sent to landfill (all Toshiba Group)  1.8%  0.5%
Volume of water received per unit production (FY2010 baseline)  96%  90%
Chemical Management  Total emissions (FY2000 baseline)  1,694 tons (66%)  1,967 tons (77%)
Volume per unit production (FY2010 baseline)  99%  95%

Green Management [9]  FY2012 Targets  FY2015 Targets
Biodiversity  Build regional ecosystem networks in cooperation with local communities to promote biodiversity at selected sites  Percentage of sites surveyed: 50%  Obvious results showing improved biodiversity
Environmental education, human resources development  Cultivate Toshiba eco-style leaders  200 eco-style leaders  2,000 eco-style leaders
Environmental communication  Promote "connected" environmental communication globally  Develop community of eco-aware employees  Promote "simultaneous environmental actions" in response to global environmental problems

Environmentally conscious products: Achieving the highest level of environmental performance in all newly developed products to reduce life-cycle environmental impact
Energy and environmental technologies: Reducing CO 2 emissions with advanced technologies to reduce the electric power CO 2 emissions
Contribution to CO 2 emissions reduction by providing energy-efficient electronic devices such as air-conditioners, TVs, medical equipment and hard disk drives (except energy supply products)
Contribution to CO 2 emissions reduction by providing leading-edge energy supply products such as power generators and transmission and distribution equipment
PVC: polyvinyl chloride, BFR: brominated flame retardants
Except specific use such as compliant to safety standards
Environmentally conscious manufacturing: Achieving the world's lowest level of environmental impact by reducing all manufacturing-related environmental impact
The foundation of Environmental Management: Demonstrating integrity by continuously improving environmental communication and management systems