Mitigation of Climate Change Mitigation of Climate Change

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Materiality for Mitigation of Climate Change (Global Warming Prevention)

Approach to Materiality in Energy

Supervising division CSR & Environmental Affairs Promotion Office
KPI Rate of improvement in energy intensity
FY2018 target

To promote efficient use of energy to achieve an average 1% annual reduction for the rate of improvement in per-unit energy consumption at business locations in Japan (6% compared to fiscal 2012)

FY2017 result -22.7%
Material Reasons Advantest considers efficient energy use an important CSR activity for the global environment.
Boundary Advantest Corporation (non-consolidated) in Japan
Relevant policies Advantest Group Environmental Policy
Relevant commitments Energy Conservation Act
Responsible department/division CSR & Environmental Affairs Promotion Center/Environmental Management Officer
Management Resources 15 people (people in charge of facilities)
Relevant complaint processing policy (Corporate Ethics Helpline)
Assessment (Good)

Approach to Materiality in Emissions to the Atmosphere

Supervising division CSR & Environmental Affairs Promotion Office
KPI GHG emissions (Scope 1/2)
FY2018 target To target less than 18,000t-CO2 by striving to promote efficient use of energy and reduce the CO2 emissions at business locations in Japan.
FY2017 result 18,729t-CO2
Material Reasons We consider efforts to reduce the amount of emissions through more efficient energy as vital because efforts to reduce greenhouse gases that should be conducted worldwide are indispensable in business activities.
Boundary Advantest Corporation (non-consolidated) in Japan
Relevant policies Advantest Group Environmental Policy
Relevant commitments Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures
Responsible department/division CSR & Environmental Affairs Promotion Center/Environmental Management Officer
Management Resources  
Relevant complaint processing policy (Corporate Ethics Helpline)
Assessment △ (Increase in GHG emissions due to an increase in production volume)

Basic Policy

The Advantest Group regards the prevention of global warming as an important corporate mission, and makes efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emission by providing green products and reforming its business processes. We are also promoting medium- to long-term energy-saving measures corresponding to the Act on the Rational Use of Energy (Energy Conservation Law) and related regulations.

Advantest's Achievements in Relation to Carbon Dioxide Emissions in fiscal 2017

Advantest is working to simultaneously achieve both energy-savings and cost reduction through more efficient production and elimination of waste. In our buildings, we are optimizing air-conditioning and other systems and replacing superannuated equipment with more efficient models, as well as implementing appropriate lighting levels and switching to LED illumination.

Advantest's total annual electric power consumption in fiscal 2017 was approximately 2,560 MWh higher than in the previous year. The main factors behind this decrease were as follows: Increases in production activities led to an annual increase of around 2,250 MWh at our factories and there was an annual increase of around 300 MWh at development and other sites. A decrease in overtime, shortening of the periods for which air condition equipment is in use, and updates to aging equipment led to an annual reduction of around 33MWh and the transition of lighting fixtures to LED lead to an annual reduction of around 170MWh. Energy consumption also increased as a result, but the unit energy consumption* was down 22.7% compared to fiscal 2012 due to vast improvements in energy efficiency in production processes.

Advantest will continue its efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by adopting a waste-elimination approach and aiming to achieve both energy-savings and cost reductions.

Important measures implemented in FY2017
  • Transition of lighting fixtures to LED (approximate total of 3,780 lights at all business locations)
  • Renewal of aging air-conditioning equipment (Gunma R&D Center)
  • Update to high-efficiency transformers (Gunma Factory)
  • Optimization of operation hours of air conditioning equipment (all business locations)

Reduction of electricity consumption via the implementation of high-efficiency transformers

Revising and updating aging transformers to high-efficiency transformers at the Gunma Factory reduced electricity consumption annually 8.5 MWh.

Rate of improvement in per-unit of energy

Scope: 8 bases in Japan (including affiliates)

Rate of improvement in per-unit of energy
  • Introducing energy saving equipment and promoting the efficient utilization of energy, and realizing an annual average improvement of 1% in per-unit energy consumption at Advantest business bases in Japan.
    (Compared to the reference year fiscal 2012, 6% or more reduction in fiscal 2017, 7.73% or more by fiscal 2020)
  • The unit energy consumption has been set to a value for each business establishment closely related to energy consumption, including the production volume as well as the number of employees and working hours at each site.
CO2 emissions (Scope 1)

Total CO2 emissions (Scope 1) in Japan and Overseas (t-CO2) FY2013 FY2014 FY2015 FY2016 FY2017
4,093 3,755 3,726 3,730 3,672
CO2 emissions (Scope 2)

Total CO2 emissions (Scope 2) in Japan and Overseas (t-CO2) FY2013 FY2014 FY2015 FY2016 FY2017
32,338 30,845 28,769 30,608 31,596
Calculation of CO2 emission
  • The emission factor used is based on The Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Accounting and Reporting System.
  • The emissions factor from use of electric power at overseas bases uses the emissions factor for each country or 0.000375t-CO2/kWh.

Carbon Dioxide Emissions Attributable to Product Delivery (Scope 3-1)

When delivering its products, Advantest makes use of product packaging and mode of transport that take into account the needs of handling and shock-resistance. Total carbon dioxide emissions deriving from product delivery in fiscal 2017 came to 252 t-CO2. The increase in CO2 emissions volume was mainly attributed to an increase in the transport distance due to an increase in the shipping units for system products. In the future, Advantest will continue to monitor the data relating to product delivery, and will calculate the related CO2 emissions and strive for improvement in this area.

Important measures implemented Due to the fact that Advantest's products are precision machinery that cannot be transported in ordinary cargo containers and cannot be transported together with other products, Advantest is implementing the following measures:
  • Optimizing of product packaging (cost reduction and packaging size reduction)
  • Providing training in safe driving and energy-saving driving
  • Strict enforcement of the requirement that delivery drivers must not allow their engines to idle unnecessarily when stopped for more than a few seconds
  • Shifting over to the use of hybrid vehicles and high fuel efficiency vehicles
Changes in carbon dioxide emissions attributable to product delivery (Scope 3-1)

The totals given include: Carbon dioxide emissions deriving from the delivery of products within Japan
Delivery to locations specified by customers (such as factories, airports and harbor facilities, etc.) using special trucks

Carbon Dioxide Emissions Attributable to Product Delivery (Scope 3-2)

Of the approximately 2,500 Advantest employees (including employees of affiliate companies) in Japan, 85% commute to work using their own vehicles.

In fiscal 2017, the total annual carbon dioxide emissions deriving from employees' commuting was 3,439 t-CO2.

Advantest will continue to implement measures to discourage drivers from allowing the engine to idle unnecessarily while stopped, through the use of driving safety classes etc.

 

* Calculations use the "Emissions Unit Database (Ver. 2.1) for the Calculation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions etc. by Organizations Through the Supply Chain" compiled by the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).

Breakdown of carbon dioxide emissions deriving from employee commuting

Carbon Dioxide Emissions Attributed to Corporate Vehicles (Scope 3-3)

Advantest and its affiliates use around 100 corporate vehicles in operations in Japan.
The annual carbon dioxide emissions deriving from operations in fiscal 2017 was 117 t-CO2.

Changes in carbon dioxide emissions attributed to corporate vehicles

GHG emissions produced in non-energy related activities

Advantest uses dry etching of semiconductors in some of the processes at business establishments in Japan.
Use of PFC in fiscal 2017 amounted to 339t-CO2.

Items Scope FY2013 FY2014 FY2015 FY2016 FY2017
GHG emissions produced in non-energy related activities (t-CO2) Japan 2,172 2,384 1,085 940 339
PFCs 2,114 2,319 1,043 894 282
SF6 58 65 42 46 58

Value Engineering (VE) Proposal Program

Advantest commemorates initiatives which have had a large impact on reducing CO2 and the environmental burden through measures such as labor reduction, time reduction, and better energy-saving products.

Carbon Offset

Advantest does not currently engage in emission trading of GHG emissions.

Measure to Use Solar Panels for Lighting in Employee Parking at Locations in Japan

LED lights that use power generated by solar panels are employed at the Gunma R&D Center for the lighting at night in employee commuter parking.

Measuring Relating to the Use of "Green" Power at Overseas Business Locations

Purchasing "Green" Electric Power Generated Using Wind Power

Advantest America, Inc. (AAI) continues its serious commitment to the utilization of renewable energy since 2012. To reduce the impact that AAI's use of electric power has on the environment, wind power generation is used to provide electric power equivalent to 100% of that used by AAI's facilities. The United States EPA has recognized Advantest America, Inc. on its Top 30 Tech and Telecom list from 2013 to 2017. This list represents the 30 largest green power users among technology and telecommunication companies within the EPA Green Power Partnership.

  • Green purchasing of electricity
  • Certificate for purchasing
    "Green" Energy

Setup of EV Charging Stations

Charging Station

Advantest America, Inc. (AAI) has made four Electric Vehicles (EV) charging stations available for all employees to use free of charge. Those car ports at AAI San Jose are actively being used with around 10% of  the employees, and contributing for 15t in Green House Gas savings.

 

Installation of Large-Scale Photovoltaic Panels

Advantest Korea Co., Ltd. (ATK) is promoting a wide range of environmental activities.
At ATK's Cheonan factory, photovoltaic panels have been installed on the roof, with an annual generating capacity of approximately 1,325 MWh; these solar panels contribute to a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. ATK is also implementing various other measures, including careful sorting of waste and a "No Food Left on Plates Activity" aimed at reducing the amount of food waste generated by ATK's employee cafeterias, by encouraging employees not to leave any leftovers food on their plates.

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Photovoltaic panels