Environmental Action Plan Environmental Action Plan

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Environmental Action Plan

The Advantest Group is clarifying the important challenges that it should tackle with environmental activities and has formulated an "Environmental Action Plan" as a medium-term plan. This plan focuses on three key areas: promotion of environmental management, providing green products, and reform of business processes. We will always encourage responsible efforts in environmental management toward climate policy measures and a decarbonized society.

Activity Results of the 7th Advantest Environmental Action Plan (2015-2017)

The 7th Advantest Environmental Action Plan (2015-2017) has encouraged efforts toward realizing a sound material-cycle society and low-carbon society with emphasis on three key areas: promotion of environmental management, providing green products, and reform of business processes.

Key Issues:

  1. Promotion of environmental management: In line with the trend towards the development of a low-carbon society, Advantest is implementing responsible measures in the area of environmental management.
  2. Providing green products: In both our core business and our tester peripherals business, Advantest is contributing, through the company's products, towards reducing customers' environmental burden.
  3. Reform of business processes: Advantest is promoting measures to make business processes and the utilization of energy more efficient.

Scope (as of March 31, 2018)

  1. Measures applicable to: All companies within the Advantest Group
    Six business bases within Japan (including affiliates)
    Seven overseas business bases (AAI, AEG, ASP, ATK, ATC, ATI and AMY)
  2. Period covered: Fiscal 2015 - Fiscal 2017 (three years)

Main Activity Results

The main activity results in the execution of this three-year environmental action plan are outlined below.

In the promotion of environmental management, our review committee for the migration to the ISO14001: 2015 completed in all bases worldwide.

In addition, global environmental education was conducted with a 99.8% attendance rate to raise awareness about the Advantest environmental policies.

In the provision of green products, we achieved ten of our 13 themes such as energy-savings, resource conservations and a reduction of the number of components in new products. (Achievement rate: 77%) Advantest has commercialized 39 models as green products over these three years. We have also succeeded in a RoHS compliant EVA100 measurement system and Air Logger™ WM2000 with lead-free mounting.

In the reform of business processes, Advantest achieved three of the four themes such as a reduction on the environmental burden through energy conservation measures and more efficient production activities. (Achievement rate: 75%)

Important Challenges

The relationship to environmental policy

Action items

Action items (target details)

Results Achieved in Fiscal 2017

Promotion of environmental management
  Promotion of environmental management 1) Transition to revised ISO14001 By FY2017 year-end complete transition to ISO14001: 2015 standard The review committee completed migration to the ISO14001: 2015 at all bases worldwide
2) Promote global environmental education Carry out e-learning once a year

Environmental education is implemented both in Japan and overseas using e-learning.
Percentage of all employees undergoing e-learning: 99.8%

3) Promote environmental contribution activities, educational contribution activities Promote environmental, social contribution activities and education support activities

[Within Japan] 12 projects implemented (the main activities are listed below)

  • Conducted special science classes at neighborhood elementary schools with the participation of 336 children
  • 98 local elementary school students participate in nature observations
  • Periodically conducted cleaning activities around our business locations

[Overseas] 14 projects implemented (the main activities are listed below)

  • Auctioned used IT equipment and donated the revenue to surrounding communities (Germany)
  • Conducted repairs to homeless facilities (America)
  • Visited elderly homes (Singapore)
  • Held charity and hiking events (Taiwan)
Conservation of biodiversity 1) Promotion of forest conservation activities At each site, carry out forest conservation activities A group of 19 Advantest employees volunteered to undertake thinning-out work at the "Kusatsu Therapy Forest"
2) Biotope development and utilization Foster and utilize biotope
(Nature observation events targeting neighborhood elementary schools, protection of endangered plants)

Held two nature observation events at the Gunma R&D Center's Biotope

Compliance with environmental laws and regulations, prevention of pollution Promoting resource recycling Improve waste recycling rate  
1) Maintain and management
Japanese bases recycling rate
Maintain recycling rate of 90% or more of the Japanese bases Recycling rate for facilities in Japan: 90%
2) Improve overseas bases recycling rate Aim for recycling rate of 65% or more
(Measures: reconfirmation of recycling criteria, review of treatment methods)
Recycling rate for overseas facilities: 61%
Promotion of measures against global warming (climate change)    
1) Promotion of efficient use of energy Achieve an annual average improvement of 1% in per-unit energy consumption at Advantest business bases in Japan.
Compared to the fiscal 2012 reference year, 5% or more reduction in fiscal 2017 (Aim for 7.73% or more by fiscal 2020)
Implementation of more efficient utilization of air conditioning units and transition to LED lighting equipment, etc.
Rate of improvement in per-unit energy consumption 22.7% reduction compared to fiscal 2012
2) Use of renewable energy Promote the purchase of green power and introduction of solar power in overseas bases At AAI and ATK, management is focused on maintaining the current energy use performance.
AAI: 9,200MWh per year
ATK: 1,494 MWh per year
Providing green products
 

Reduce customers' environmental burden

1) Improvement of energy efficiency of new products Reduce electricity consumption per unit of performance in new products by 20-50% Achieve a 50% increase in the number of parallel test devices using the New T2000 IPS module
2) Resource conservation, size reduction, reducing components and materials Achieve resource conservation in products, size reduction and reduction in components and materials DI products: With HIFIX and custom performance boards (PB), there has been a successful evolution from conventional 0.2mm pitch device to 0.15mm pitch device substrate, making it possible to achieve a 44% reduction in device area.
DI products: Build systems able to repair probe cards on-site, reduce international transportation and reduce the repair period 30% compared to existing products
3) RoHS compliant products, expansion of lead-free mounting products RoHS compliant in target products, achieve lead-free mounting Implement RoHS compliant and lead-free mounting in the Air Logger™ WM2000
4) Alternative to Fluorinert and reduce usage Establish an alternative cooling technology to Fluorinert and put into practical use Implement cooling performance evaluations (effort continued in the 8th Environmental Action Plan)
5) Start-up of new business for reduction of environmental burden Launch new businesses and products related to the environment and contribute to society There are no new plans for fiscal 2017 for new businesses related to the environment
6) Increase sales of new products Replace aging testers with new products, to contribute to electric power saving of customers Sales performance: 87 units
Electric power saving: 3,302.4 MWh/year
Reform of business processes
  Reform of business processes Promotion of business efficiency improvements and energy-saving Promote business efficiency improvements and efficiency in energy usage  
1) Energy-saving in building facilities and efficiency improvement Renovate old equipment to improve efficiency and equalize electricity usage Advantest will implement updates to some of the planned equipment. Crude oil will also be reduced 52 kL by utilizing equipment more efficiently
2) Improve the operational efficiency of product development and production Conduct information sharing in a production environment that is integrated from the early stage of development and build a Global PLM that can be expected to improve efficiency globally for a variety of product development and production businesses Advance efforts underway toward PLM system operation
(Effort continued in the 8th Environmental Action Plan)
3) Reduction of in-house CO2 emissions due to reduction in time required for MB design, manufacturing and servicing Streamline MB development and design to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% DI products: Create a detachable structure for universal boards Reduce the repair period two days and contribute to CO2 reduction by identifying defective pins from diagnostic programs (T5503HS MB)

Overview of the 8th Advantest Environmental Action Plan

The 8th Advantest Environmental Action Plan (2018-2020) continues the three key areas of the 7th Action Plan and has set new environmental targets to support climate policy measures and a decarbonized society.

  • Add further measures to adapt to climate change and conserve water resources
  • Further disclose calculation criteria for CO2 reductions through green products and the level of social contributions
  • Add further reductions to the environmental burden in the supply chain
    Grasp the environmental burden of production contractors, reduce CO2 in SoC test system purchasing and distribution and reduce packaging waste

Key Issues:

  1. Promotion of environmental management: Promote responsible efforts in environmental management and contribute to sustainable growth of society.
  2. Providing green products: In both our core business and our tester peripherals business, Advantest is contributing, through the company's products, towards reducing customers' environmental burden.
  3. Reform of business processes: Advantest is promoting measures to make business processes and the utilization of energy more efficient.

Scope (as of March 31, 2018)

  1. Measures applicable to: All companies within the Advantest Group Six business bases within Japan (including affiliates)
    Seven overseas business bases (AAI, AEG, ASP, ATK, ATC, ATI and AMY)
  2. Period covered: Fiscal 2018 - Fiscal 2020 (three years)

Important Challenges

The relationship to environmental policy

Action items

Action items (target details)

Promotion of environmental management
  Promotion of environmental management 1) Adapt to climate change (new measure) Grasp management risks brought on by climate change and put together measures to adapt by the end of fiscal 2020
2) Promote global environmental education Carry out e-learning once a year
3) Promote environmental contribution activities, educational contribution activities Promote environmental, social contribution activities and education support activities
Environmental protection and sustainable use of resources Conservation of biodiversity  
4) Promotion of forest conservation activities At each site, carry out forest conservation activities
5) Biotope development and utilization Foster and utilize biotope
(Nature observation events targeting neighborhood elementary schools, protection of endangered plants)
Promotion of climate policy measures  
6) Promotion of efficient use of energy Achieve an annual average improvement of 1% in per-unit energy consumption at Advantest business bases in Japan.
Compared to the fiscal 2012 reference year, aim for 7.73% or more by fiscal 2020
7) Use of renewable energy Promote the purchase of green power and introduction of solar power
8) Conserve water resources (new measure) Maintain fiscal 2016 levels
Compliance with environmental laws and regulations, prevention of pollution Promoting resource recycling Improve waste recycling rate
9) Maintain and manage the recycling rate at Japanese bases Maintain a recycling rate of 90% or more at Japanese bases
10) Maintain and manage the recycling rate at overseas bases Maintain a recycling rate of 60% or more at overseas bases
Providing green products
 

Reduce customers' environmental burden

1) Improvement of energy efficiency of new products Reduce electricity consumption per unit of performance in new products by at least 20%
2) Resource conservation size reduction, reducing components and materials Achieve resource conservation in products, size reduction and reduction in components and materials
3) Alternative to Fluorinert and reduce usage Establish an alternative cooling technology to Fluorinert and put into practical use
4) Calculate and disclose CO2 reductions of green products (new measure) Calculate CO2 reductions through green products and disclose the level of social contributions
5) Increase sales of new products Encourage old products be replaced with new products to contribute to the electric power savings of customers
Reform of business processes
  Reform of business processes Promotion of business efficiency improvements and energy-saving Promote business efficiency improvements and efficiency in energy usage
1) Efficiency improvements in production Aim to produce new products within one month at new production contractors
Reduce the probe card production period at least 10% compared to fiscal 2017
Reduce the amount of labor in new probe production products at least 18% per wafer unit
2) Energy-saving in building facilities and efficiency improvement Renovate old equipment to improve efficiency and equalize electricity usage
(New measure) Transition to LED office lighting and reduce electric power consumption 40%
(New measure) Reduce use of electric power for air-conditioning of office ventilation and heating fuel
3) Improve the operational efficiency of product development and production (ongoing measure) Build a system for Global PLM that can be expected to improve efficiency globally for a variety of product development and production businesses.
* PLM: Product Lifecycle Management
Reduce the design labor 50% through more efficient operations of custom PB design
Reduce design control labor of DI mechatronic products 40%
4) Reduce the environmental burden in the supply chain (new measure) Grasp the environmental burden of production contractors. (CO2, water resources, etc.)
(New measure) Reduce CO2 emissions produced in purchasing and distribution for each SoC test system 36% compared to the fiscal 2016 results (7,400 kg - CO2/unit)
(New measure) Reduce the amount of package waste for each SoC test system 6% compared to fiscal 2016 results (423 kg/unit)