Toshiba outlines ‘Green’ initiatives through Environmental Report.
Toshiba has published its annual Environmental Report for 2009 to provide clear and transparent insights into its environmental policies, achievements and future targets in a bid to reduce environmental impacts. The report highlights the progress in areas including energy, eco products, eco processes and environmental management.
“The report highlights Toshiba’s Environmental Vision 2050 and its aims to contribute to a world in which people lead richer lifestyles in harmony with the Earth through imagination, innovation and integrity,” said Santosh Varghese, Regional General Manager, Computer Systems Division, Toshiba Gulf.
Toshiba Group’s Environmental Vision 2050 is a long-term perspective that keeps major reform of social infrastructures in mind. Environmental Vision envisages an ideal situation in 2050 in which not only global environmental problems are solved, but people everywhere lead abundant lifestyles in harmony with the Earth. It focuses on reducing environmental impacts and creating new value by steadily achieving the specific goals set in the Voluntary Environmental Plans.
In order to have a direct impact on reducing global warming Toshiba Group is focusing on developing environmentally conscious products to reduce the environmental burden throughout the lifecycle of products from the procurement of raw materials and manufacturing to use and disposal.
In 2009, the Toshiba Group introduced the “Factor” as an important environmental indicator. The goal is to increase the product eco-efficiency by 10 times as compared to FY2000, the base year, by FY2050.For example, for the laptop Portégé R600 the Factor 5,11 was calculated. This factor was achieved by lower power consumption owing to the low-voltage unit and system power management plus resource saving by miniaturization of substrates, thin LCD/DVD and thin casing.
The report also highlights the focus areas of 2010, with the year being designated as the International Year of Biodiversity, and the 210th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Biological Diversity, to be held in October. Toshiba Group practices environmental management that promotes harmony with Earth contributing to the creation of a richer lifestyle for society.
Key sections in the Environmental Report 2009
The highlights section introduces the overall environmental efforts of Toshiba Group, the commitment of top management to support and promote environmental measures, and Environmental Vision 2050, the long term vision of Toshiba Group to raise its environmental efficiency by a factor of 10 by fiscal year 2050.
The wide range of generating equipment and technologies developed, designed and built by Toshiba, covers nuclear power, thermal power and hydro power plants, transmission and distribution equipment, geothermal power and residential fuel cells. These are introduced in a special section on Energy.
3. Eco products
Toshiba is making sure its products are eco products. The key for doing this is Toshiba’s proprietary Factor T, which is arrived at by dividing the eco-efficiency of a product subject to assessment by the eco-efficiency of the benchmark product. The higher the eco-efficiency of the product, the larger Factor T is.
4. Eco process
For a manufacturer like Toshiba, efforts to minimize the environment impacts of its business pay special attention to production. This section spotlights activities to ameliorate global warming, to manage chemicals and hazardous materials, and to make full and efficient use of resources.
5. Eco program
Communication and solutions are at the heart of eco program: communication about company sponsored and voluntary environment-related activities, internal and external communications, and supporting tools available to promote environment harmony.
6. Environmental Management
Toshiba brings environmental concerns into its management system, and through measures such as environmental policy, environment audits and voluntary environmental plans makes the environment an essential part of day-to-day management.
The full Toshiba Environmental Report 2009 is available here: www.toshiba.co.jp/env/en/