As a conglomerate with diversified product and services ranging from consumer electronics and household appliances to energy management systems and social management infrastructure, Toshiba has the potential to offer a number of emissions-reducing solutions to businesses, governments and consumers.
Toshiba is currently light on the details of its solution offerings, the most thorough of which pertains to the supply chain efficiencies generated by the implementation of its printing technology. There is a need for clearer case study data from the company to showcase that it is providing real emissions savings now. Toshiba's limited advocacy points are derived from its joining of the Ministry-led 'Challenge 25%', which is a general activity and does not provide an adequate offset to Toshiba’s membership in JEITA.
Current Savings Calculations
Toshiba offers a number of GHG savings IT case studies, though many do not have significant data to gauge savings impact. Case studies from solutions such as the remotely managed A/C systems and printer paper study, possess the type of pre- and post-intervention data that Toshiba should continue to showcase in its other solutions offerings.
Toshiba does not publish much detail on the assumptions made in its various case study calculations. The company does publish high-level data around LCA energy impact of its products.
Toshiba invested about US$2 billion in R&D and capital expenditure in the social infrastructure space, as well as additional investments in geothermal energy infrastructure.
Future Savings Goal
Toshiba has a set a greenhouse gas reduction target of 35.7 million tonnes of CO2 per year in FY 2025 from its products. While a bulk of this is product efficiency, 9% of these savings come from social infrastructure, though this needs to be explained.
Toshiba aims to stop increasing emissions by FY2012. It plans to control the absolute reduction at a level of 1.96 million tons by FY2012, to have emissions peak at 70% less than the FY1990 level, and decrease them by a further 10% by 2025.
Toshiba does not articulate a detailed greenhouse gas mitigation strategy; the amount of renewable energy used is meager and is not presented as a percentage of overall energy used.
No example of applicable political speech.
Toshiba joined a voluntary government initiative about Japan's 25% greenhouse gas reduction target, but the company’s activity is general and does not warrant points for policy engagement or specificity.
No applicable examples of advocacy repetition.
Negative Lobby Penalty
Toshiba is part of the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA), which opposes the Japanese 25% greenhouse gas reduction legislation being debated in the Diet. Toshiba needs to publicly and explicitly express support in favor of the 25% legislation in Parliament, publicly distancing itself from JEITA on this matter.
Toshiba's scores to date