Toshiba Group is making every effort to improve the environmental
performance of all its products. We have set "eco-targets" as new standards for environmentally conscious products (ECPs) in order to achieve the highest level of
environmental performance for all products that we develop.
ECPs are products that are designed to be environmentally conscious in all stages of their life cycle, including the procurement of materials, manufacturing, distribution, use, disposal, and recycling. The environmentally conscious product design takes the following three aspects into consideration: mitigation of global warming, efficient use of resources, and management of chemicals. Toshiba Group will continue to create ECPs designed to be environmentally conscious in all these aspects through all stages of their life cycle by setting independent environmental standards (ECP standards) for each product.
Throughout the life cycle of products from manufacture, use to reuse, and recycling, Toshiba Group will strive to provide safer and more comfortable lifestyles and create enriched value for customers. The Group will also strive for harmony with the Earth by working to mitigate climate change, using resources efficiently, and managing chemicals -- the three pillars of its environmental management system.
Improved Green Features for a Greener Tomorrow: Laptops
The new laptops embrace our commitment to greener IT featuring Toshiba Eco Utility software, SSD modules, LED backlight, and ENERGY STAR 5.0 qualification. All Toshiba laptops developed since 2009 comply with ENERGY STAR Version 5.0 for all configurations except certain products such as no-OS models. This shows our proactive approach to global warming prevention and technological strength for energy saving.
Track your power savings on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis
Environment-friendly due to mercury free display and lower power consumption enabling extended battery life
ENERGY STAR® qualified
Products that earn the ENERGY STAR help prevent greenhouse gas emissions because they meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US EPA and the EU Commision.
Increased battery life due to reduced energy consumption over standard mechanical hard drives
Improved Green Features for a Greener Tomorrow: Televisions
Toshiba LCD TVs integrate technologies that save electricity while improving the picture quality. AutoView™ uses a color temperature sensor to gauge ambient light and a brightness sensor to measure its intensity and balances this against picture brightness. AutoView delivers high contrast pictures during the day and helps to reduce eye-strain at night.
In order to achieve the goal established in the Toshiba Group Environmental Vision 2050 and create a world with all people leading rich lifestyles in
harmony with the Earth, it is necessary to improve the eco-efficiency of products and services. Eco-efficiency can be improved by raising the quality
of life and by minimizing the environmental impact of products throughout their life cycles. At Toshiba, we use a unique method to measure eco-efficiency
in order to create ECPs with high eco-efficiency.
The Factor indicates how many times larger the eco-efficiency of a product is in comparison with a standard. A greater Factor value means that a
product contributes more to the creation of a world with all people leading rich lifestyles in harmony with the Earth through technological progress
The Factor is composed of a numerator and a denominator, which represent different aspects of improvement in eco-efficiency. The numerator,
which is called the value factor, represents an increase in the value provided by a product, while the denominator, which is called the environmental
impact reduction factor, represents a reduction in environmental impact. The Factor value is calculated by multiplying these two components.
We continue to improve the energy efficiency of our products. Lower consumption of electric power by each individual user adds up to global energy saving.
Compliance with Various Regulations for Energy Efficiency
Toshiba products fulfill various energy efficiency regulations of the world.
The major European efficiency regulations are based on the EU Energy related Product (ErP) Directive.
Our products comply to all eco design regulations such as
Ecodesign requirements for televisions
Off/standby power of the product
Energy efficiency of the AC adapter
Please note: Power consumption will vary depending on TV display settings. For additional advice on saving energy and running costs, see tips in the “More tips for energy saving” section below.
Energy Label for Televisions
From December 2011, televisions have a similar system for energy labeling that has been used with white goods for some time. While heating, lighting, cooking and domestic appliances are the major areas of energy consumption, the electricity used by televisions can be significant. Furthermore, different television models with the same functionalities can have a wide disparity in terms of energy efficiency.
The label is easy to understand and works on a ranking system: A (very efficient) to G (least efficient), although higher categories will be seen as televisions become more energy efficient. This label can be used by consumers to quickly and easily compare the energy efficiency between products as well as get information on estimated annual energy consumption (based on 4 hours a day, 365 days a year).
More Tips for Energy Saving
Helping to save energy doesn't just save the overall environment, but can also help save you money on your energy bills as well! Below are a few tips to get you started.
Turn down the brightness
Reducing the brightness of the screen will reduce energy use. Energy efficiency cuts energy consumption and thus saves money by reducing electricity bills. Most TVs, monitors, laptop PCs and other screens allow you to adjust brightness and picture settings.
Please note: Toshiba TVs are set to a default setting for home viewing, but some models have a feature called AutoView™ which adjusts the picture pixel by pixel to give you the optimum viewing experience for the room’s light level. This can deliver up to 25% savings in power consumption.
On Toshiba laptops featuring the Toshiba eco Utility software, you can effectively reduce electricity consumption by activating the software or simply pressing the eco Utility button (on select models).
Switch off equipment
Many of us leave equipment that is not being used switched on or in standby mode, often for long periods of time. Unplugging the mains plug will cut energy use to zero for all televisions. This is recommended when the television is not being used for a long time, e.g. when on holiday. NOTE: Putting the television into standby mode will reduce energy consumption, but will still draw some power.
Buy energy efficient products
Look for information to verify a product’s efficiency before buying a new item.
If available, check the product’s energy efficiency label to ensure optimum energy efficiency.
The EU legislation on the make-up and recycling of electrical products has forced the technology industry to move environmental issues to the very top of its agenda. Various legislation and directives are currently being implemented across EU member countries with the aim of reducing the amount of waste electrical and electronic equipment and chemicals that go into land fill sites.
As part of this activity, a major piece of legislation came into effect on 1st July 2006 known as the EU Directive on "Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment" (RoHS). This Directive states that after July 1, 2006, most new electrical and electronic equipment cannot be sold in the EU if it contains any of the following substances (above specific concentrations (w/w)) at homogeneous material level:
Hexavalent Chromium (0.1%)
Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) (0.1%)
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) (0.1%)
We adopted a policy of not using these substances in products shipped from April 2005 in order to comply with the RoHS Directive.
The European Union (EU) chemical regulation, REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals), entered into force on 1 June 2007.
Toshiba will meet all REACH requirements and we are committed to provide our customers with information about the chemical substances in our products according to REACH regulation.
Based on Toshiba's Commitment to put concern for the environment as a priority in all our business activities so as to protect people's safety and health as well as the world's natural resources, Toshiba supports the overall goal of REACH and is committed to comply and to fulfil all legal obligations.
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Toshiba Group is promoting green procurement worldwide with the
cooperation of its business partners. When procuring parts and raw
materials, in addition to coming to a shared understanding of biodiversity
initiatives with our business partners, we conduct a survey to
check how many chemicals with potentially high environmental impacts
or scarce resources are contained in these parts and materials
and give priority to those with low environmental impact. Information
on parts and materials is stored in a database and used for various
purposes, including certifying newly procured materials, making judgments
as to whether or not to replace existing materials with substitutes,
or developing environmentally conscious products. We also perform
analyses of chemicals on our own to verify information on parts
and materials and take an active part in developing and improving
analysis methods to increase the accuracy and efficiency of data collection.
European Packaging Directive
The Packaging Directive (94/62/EC) aims to minimise the creation of packaging waste material and promotes the energy recovery, re-use and recycling of packaging. It sets the 'Essential Requirements' of packaging which should be considered in its design and manufacture and sets limits for heavy metal in packaging.
Greening of our Packaging for TV Sets
Cartons for the packaging of TV sets are made of recycled cardboard and are 100 per cent recyclable themselves. Moreover, the weight of the TV packaging has been reduced by over 30 per cent on average since 2008. Altogether, this results in savings in raw materials and also enhancements in logistical efficiency. For example, instead of a completely printed user manual, Toshiba delivers TVs with just a short basic set-up guide printed on paper. The complete manual can be downloaded on Toshiba’s website. This initiative makes huge multi-language manuals a thing of the past and is expected to save over 100,000 trees per year (6.5 Million kg CO2).
Greening of our Packaging for Laptops
PVC is not used in our packaging, and our packaging makes use of as much recyclable materials as possible with a minimum of 50% of our carton boxes made of recycled materials. And of course we encourage you to recycle the box itself once you have unpacked your new product!
Instead of a completely printed user manual, Toshiba delivers laptops with a Quick Start Guide. The complete manual is installed on the machine and can also be downloaded via Toshiba's website. This initiative is expected to save around 2600 trees per year.