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Toshiba details green effort in 2050 road map

Posted: 08 Nov 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:carbon dioxide emmission? Toshiba environmental efforts? global warming?

Toshiba Corp. has drafted "Environmental Vision 2050," the company's road map detailing its long-term commitment to contribute to a better environment by recognizing and responding to environmental issues.

In implementing the vision, the company aims to improve the value and eco-efficiency of its products and business processes and to reduce emissions of CO2 by the equivalent of 57.6 million tons per year in FY2025 compared with FY2000, while concurrently working to enhance its environmental efficiency and raise overall eco-efficiency to a factor of 10 by FY2050.

The participants at the G8 summit this June agreed to target cutting up to 50 percent greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. By that time, the global population is expected to exceed 9 billion people, and it will be essential to overcome environmental impacts produced by population growth, such as pressure on resources and a heightened greenhouse effect. Through its vision, Toshiba aims to contribute to society by realizing the twin goals of creating value with the products and services it delivers to the global community, and sustaining a healthy Earth environment. The company will endeavor to meet specific goals and address environmental issues through two approaches: Energy Vision and Eco Products Vision.

Through Energy Vision, Toshiba will enhance its nuclear power business and promoting deployment of high efficiency thermal power plants and CO2 fixation, while working to advance the capabilities of power transmission networks and realize new energy sources. The Eco Products Vision, on the other hand, stresses the enhanced development and delivery of environmentally friendly products, improved assessment of product life cycles and impacts; and the manufacture of products that ultimately provide consumers with a high level of value.

Energy Vision targets a reduction equivalent to 47 million tons a year, which is around the same emission amount of 2 produced by eight thermal power stations. In the same time frame, Eco Products Vision targets a reduction of 10.6 million tons a year. Toshiba aims to expand eco-efficiency in both its energy and eco products by applying process innovation and value innovation.

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