Toshiba takes environmental responsibility as a corporate citizen very seriously.
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Toshiba takes environmental responsibility as a corporate citizen very seriously. Consumer Electronics have become an increasingly significant part of everyday life. It is therefore now more important than ever that we make sure all our laptops, TVs and other digital devices are as energy efficient and environmentally friendly as practicably possible. We closely examine the environmental impact at every stage of product development, and we have set aggressive objectives in order to meet the company-wide Environmental Vision 2010 and Environmental Vision 2050. We aim to ensure the highest quality in all our products as reliability is important for a long product lifecycle and also contributes strongly to sustainability by enabling long-lasting usage and so less frequent replacement.
Sustainability in work processes and site management
- Process innovations in manufacturing of and site management have lowered CO2 emissions in 2006 1by 4.2m ton per year.
- For 20101 reductions of 14m ton CO2 per year are targeted, in 20251 a retrenchment by 47m ton CO2 per year is planned. For comparison: All targeted savings totalled will be equivalent to the annual CO2 emissions in Tokyo metropolis or Greater London.
- Reduced travelling while communicating increasingly via video conferencing systems is one of the measures Toshiba has taken to cut down on the company’s CO2 emissions. All over Europe, Toshiba has installed 12 video conferencing systems to facilitate collaboration with colleagues in other offices while minimising the need for travelling.
ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIFICATIONS OF TOSHIBA LAPTOPSThe materials we use
Adhering to RoHS and REACH
- After producing Toshiba’s first fully RoHS (Restriction of certain Hazardous Substances) compliant laptop in 2005, the company set a mandate that all products subsequently developed and brought to market would be RoHS compliant from April 2006.
- Today, all Toshiba laptops, options and accessories must pass rigorous internal tests which are more stringent than the RoHS tests. Even the packaging and non-electronic options of Tohsiba’s products are checked for RoHS compliance.
- The new European law on chemicals, REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Rectriction of Chemicals), came into effect in June 2007. REACH requires manufacturer and importers to register and submit not only new chemical substances but also tens of thousands of existing substances.
- Besides meeting all REACH requirements Toshiba is committed to providing our customers with information about the chemical substances in our products according to REACH.
- The packaging for all our laptops adheres to the EU Packaging Directive.
- The carton boxes are made of a minimum 80 per cent recycled material.
- By 2008 we reduced the volume and weight of our packaging by up to 30% meaning we are able to greatly reduce the volume of all product ranges during shipping. This translates to an overall reduction in logistics of up to 15% and a big saving in CO2 emissions.
- For internal logistics we have developed a PE padding material which no longer has to be disposed of but can be used several times.
- We actively source low-power consumption units for our laptops, including the LED backlight and core processor units and aim to make all of our future laptops Energy Star® 5.0 qualified.
- In 2008, we started to use high-efficiency AC adaptors for some of our business laptops like the Portégé A600 and Portégé R600. Now, all Toshiba laptops use an AC-Adapter of efficiency class V.
- To avoid energy wastage, all Toshiba laptops are equipped with a Power Saver which controls power supply management.
- For efficient power saving, the Eco Utility management system allows users to reduce the amount of energy being used while the PC is in operation by adjusting settings such as display brightness and sleep mode.
- Toshiba remains committed to providing users with innovative laptops that also contribute to lowering CO2 emissions in the home and we have addressed this by developing laptops that use less energy than desktop PCs
- We implement product designs that make it easy to recycle the materials in our devices, and ensure that they are easy to disassemble at the end of the product’s life. Toshiba provides a variety of options for customers to recycle their old laptops in a responsible manner.
- In Germany, Toshiba offers business customers a special 'take back' service where they can take old laptops to a designated Toshiba collection centre.
- In the UK, Toshiba offers its customers a special trade-in service so customers can bring their old laptop in when purchasing their next laptop, irrespective of manufacturer, so that it can be disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner.
- Across Europe, Toshiba also participates in different collection and recycling schemes for batteries, according to the European Battery Directive 2006/66/EC.
- We aim to enhance the options of recycling products by 2010 through offering more information and collection points in every European country we serve.
ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIFICATIONS OF TOSHIBA TV SETS
The materials we use- Thanks to a reduced deployment of raw material today’s Toshiba TV sets are weighing 30% less than the models launched in 2007.
Packaging and logistics