Greening in offices and sites
Not only do the products themselves coupled with the manufacturing processes contribute to green house emissions, buildings where people work also need to be considered for the company's ecological footprint. For that reason, Toshiba permanently modernizes the infrastructure in office buildings and updates the site management to reduce power consumption. In 2009, process innovations in manufacturing and site management have contributed to CO2 emissions of the Toshiba Group reduction by 2.49 million ton per year.
The TOSHIBA Regensburg Technologie and Service Center (TSC) is based in a building that is part of the "Energy Park" where renewable energy is produced on site. The TSC building uses an energy mix that arise from renewable energy on site sources including biogas, geothermics, photovoltaic, water and, wind. Plus, the air conditioning is done by outdoor air cooling. About 70% of the energy used by TSC came from renewable sources on site in FY2009.
Less travel activities, less CO2 emissions
Communications between teams in different countries are essential in Toshiba's business processes. This resulted in heavy travel activities across Europe. To make business processes more efficient and to reduce Toshiba's carbon footprint, the company pushed the usage of video conferences. Toshiba has installed 16 video conferencing systems across Europe to facilitate collaboration with colleagues in other offices while minimising the need for travelling.
In addition, Toshiba provides trainings for employees, environmental competitions for employees' children, workshops in community's schools and periodic site audits, all of which are designed to improve the environmental awareness of the employees and their families.