New 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:
- Lead (0.1%)
- Mercury (0.1%)
- Cadmium (0.01%)
- 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. We launched our first RoHS compatible laptop in September 2005.
The new 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.
To download Toshiba Declaration for PC products, options and accessories, click here.
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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.