Environmental efforts on our products

We understand the impacts our business activities have on the planet’s environment and we carry out activities to reduce our environmental impact. This page introduces our initiatives for environmental conservation.

Green Products

Basic Stance

Contributing to the sustainable development of society and conducting environmentally friendly business operations are essential issues that need to be addressed in modern business management. The Advantest Group works to develop products from the perspective of environmental conservation while prioritizing high precision and high quality, and certifies as green products those products that are environmentally friendly in terms of the three key aspects of energy and resource saving, improving recyclability, and elimination of hazardous substances. There is demand in society for the supply of green products because they provide both a reduction in the environmental footprint and an improvement in economic value. The Advantest Group has been promoting business activities based on the belief that providing green products will be in response to these demands and beneficial for its customers since 2005.

Development Flow of Green Products

At the Advantest Group, all products undergo a product environmental assessment.
During the product environmental assessment, products are assessed from various aspects, including energy-saving, reduction of the number of components, size reduction, recyclable design, and elimination of hazardous substances.
New products that meet the Voluntary Standards for Green Products defined by Advantest are certified as green products and are awarded with an Eco Label (type II), in addition to the product environmental assessment. We design new products to be 100% green products.

Development flow of green products
New products are subjected to environmental assessment based on the voluntary standards for green products, and if they pass the assessment, they are given an eco-label. Green design standards, such as elimination of hazardous substances, recyclable design, energy saving, reducing components, and size reduction, are applied to the development of new products.

Advantest Group Eco Label

The Advantest Group Eco Label features an original three-color design representing energy and resource saving, recyclable design, and elimination of hazardous substances through green procurement.

The Advantest Group Eco Label. It  features an original three-color design representing energy and resource saving, recyclable design, and elimination of hazardous substances through green procurement.

Energy and Resource Saving

We aim to reduce the environmental impact of our products through product designs that save energy, reduce components, and reduce size.
The reduction rate of energy against conventional products has been set to a standard of at least 20% for semiconductor test systems and measurement instruments, and at least 10% for other products such as handlers and nanotech products.
We have also set a reduction rate of at least 10% in the same way for components and the miniaturization for all of our products.

Note: The above reduction ratios are values based on performance computation.

Recyclable Design

In recyclable design, we release information on parts that will require special attention during disposal, and plastic parts designed in-house use 90% or more recyclable materials. Moreover, we make sure that products are easy to dismantle with standard tools, and we use rechargeable batteries displaying a recycle symbol.

Elimination of Hazardous Substances (Green Procurement)

To eliminate hazardous substances from our products, we have established Group standards on banned substances based on the IEC62474 standard, and we conduct surveys of hazardous substances contained in parts and materials used in our products. Advantest is building a response system for some of its products and eliminating relevant chemical substances using the results of this survey because these chemical substances are regulated by the RoHS directive as of July 2017.
Our main products are semiconductor examining devices, which are not manufactured products. Therefore, our main products do not cause emissions of gases such as PFASs.

Green Products Certified During Fiscal 2023

In fiscal 2023, a total of five products related to semiconductor test systems, test handlers, and electronic measurement and medical equipment were certified as green products.

Product Recycling

Advantest has been recycling products through Advantest Pre-Owned Solutions Co., Ltd. since January 2022. In response to changes in the business environment, we work with the Field Service Group to respond to a variety of customer requests, with the support for products that have been shipped to the market at the core, until the shipped products are no longer in use.
Recycling is one solution that we provide for customer inquiries for products they no longer need. Currently, recycling is a domestic Japan-only solution, but we will continue consider its global applications and expand our activities.

Basic Stance

It is the Advantest Group's basic policy to take active steps to ensure that the products we sell are reused and recycled after they are retired, and to buy back products that are not expected to be reused so that the resources can be recycled.

Recycling policy

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    Achieve 100% collection of recyclables through manual dismantling.
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    Clarify to whom recycling is to be commissioned, and ensure traceability.
  3. 3.
    Promote the conservation of the global environment in collaboration with customers.
  4. 4.
    Properly dispose of harmful substances.
    (Hazardous substances: mercury relay, ion type smoke detector, internal cooling water, and Fluorinert)

Efforts to Eliminate Plastic

For more than 15 years, Advantest Gunma Factory has used reinforced cardboard packaging to transport our products, such as test systems, contributing to the elimination of plastics and the reduction of waste. In addition, reinforced cardboards are also used for the pallets on which the products are mounted, thus achieving a reduction in plastics.

The cardboard boxes are manufactured in appropriate sizes with the cooperation of our cardboard suppliers, which serve vital roles in providing safe and efficient deliveries. Moreover, the cardboard boxes are about half the weight of the wooden boxes used in the past, not only contributing to reducing CO2 emissions during product delivery but also reducing the burden on employees since they are not just easy to pack, but are also easy to unpack at the shipping destination. A single cardboard packaging material is used only once for transporting a single product, and is recycled based on the rules of the customer.

Results Achieved in Fiscal 2022

In fiscal 2022, there was no recycling result due to the high operating rate of our customers under the tight market environment for semiconductors resulting from the global chip shortage.

Product recycling flow in practice
The discarded testers are dismantled by hand, sorted, and then delivered to the material manufacturer.

Initiatives to Address Supply Chain Emissions

Efforts by individual companies alone to address climate change will have only a limited effect, which prompts us to engage in initiatives involving the entire supply chain and industry associations. The Advantest Group will proactively work to reduce our environmental footprint over the medium to long term through our supply chain in order to achieve our CO2 emissions reduction targets.

Emissions throughout the supply chain
Supply chain emissions =Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions
CO2 emissions include not only our own activities but also our upstream processes and downstream processes after shipment. Upstream includes Purchased goods and services, Capital goods, Fuel and energy-related activities, Transportation distribution, Waste generated in operations, Business travel, Employee commuting, and Leased assets. Downstream includes Transportation distribution, Usage of products, and Disposal of post-lifecycle products. Our own activities are categorized under Scope1+2, and our upstream and downstream activities are categorized under Scope3.

Task Force to Promote Supply Chain Emissions Reduction Activities

In our entire supply chain, Scope 3 "Category 1: Purchased goods/services" and "Category 11: Usage of products" account for a large portion of our total CO2 emissions. In addition to the reduction of CO2 emissions in Scope 1+2, we have identified the reduction of CO2 emissions in Category 1 and 11 as priority items in our ESG Action Plan 2021-2023. To achieve the SBTi certification targets for Scope 1+2 and 3, we are accelerating CO2 reduction activities throughout our supply chain. As a priority measure, we have established task forces to promote these CO2 reduction activities from FY2021, and are accelerating such activities throughout the supply chain to achieve the SBTi certification targets for Scope 1+2 and 3.

(1) Task Force 1: CO2 Emissions Reduction in Product Development (Scope3 Category11)

ESG Action Plan 2021-2023
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Key Issue Objective KPI Target Result
2021 2022 2023 2030 2021 2022 2023 2030
Value chain (Scope3) Reduce CO2-equivalent emissions (basic unit) per test by 50% by 2030 Reduction rate in basic units (vs. FY2018) Set basic unit calculation definition 20% 50% Set basic unit calculation definition Defined basic unit calculation definition NA NA

Task Force 1 will promote the reduction of CO2 emissions through the development of next-generation products with low power consumption and high efficiency in collaboration with our global R&D departments worldwide. Specifically, we aim to reduce CO2 emissions per test (basic unit) in the use phase of our main products by 50% by FY2030. Our Scope 3 "Category 11: Usage of products" has the largest amount of CO2 emissions, accounting for 65% of the entire value chain. Lowering this CO2 emission is crucial in reducing CO2 emissions throughout our value chain. CO2 emissions from the use of products sold are significantly affected by market fluctuations such as product sales. For this reason, we will set targets for reducing emissions per unit of production in conjunction with our mid- to long-term business plan, and review them annually so as to contribute to CO2 emissions reduction through our products.

(2) Task Force 2: CO2 Emissions Reduction Through Cooperation with Business Partners (Scope 3 Category 1)

ESG Action Plan 2021-2023
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Key Issue Objective KPI Target Result
2021 2022 2023 2030 2021 2022 2023 2030
Value chain (Scope3) Promote the use of renewable energy by suppliers and contractors Number of suppliers who use renewable energy 10 20 40 TBD 12 22 NA NA

Task Force 2 will work with the procurement department to support the reduction of CO2 emissions by promoting the use of renewable energy among our suppliers. Specifically, we aim to increase the number of our suppliers who have adopted renewable energy to 40 by FY2023. We conduct an annual "Supply Chain CSR Survey" among our major suppliers, to which we have added questions on the implementation status of renewable energy and greenhouse gas emissions since FY2021, thereby enhancing the questionnaire on our suppliers' climate change initiatives. Through this questionnaire, we have ascertained the status of our suppliers' implementation of renewable energy, provided individual feedback based on analysis and evaluation of the questionnaire results, and offered basic seminars on climate change. By means of these activities, we will promote suppliers' use of renewable energy and contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions throughout the supply chain by gaining an understanding of the necessity and importance of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

(3) Task Force 3: CO2 Emissions Reduction Through Collaboration with Our Customers

Task Force 3 will work together with the sales department to promote the reduction of CO2 emissions through collaboration with our customers. We conducted a survey of our major customers to explain our desires and expectations to suppliers, as well as their policies and goals regarding climate change. While considering our desires and expectations for their suppliers, we will distill and incorporate them into the roles we ought to play and the issues we ought to tackle through our strategies, and will reflect them in our ESG activities. We will also aim to understand our customers' climate change policies and targets, and contribute to CO2 reduction through collaboration with our customers as a member of the supply chain.

CO2 Emissions Percentage

(4) Task Force 4: Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Business Activities (Scope1+2)

ESG Action Plan 2021-2023
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Key Issue Objective KPI Target Result
2021 2022 2023 2030 2021 2022 2023 2030
Climate change (Scope1+2) Reduce GHG emissions from business activities by 60% (vs. FY2018) GHG emissions reduction amount/rate 35% 38% 40% 60% 34% 46% NA NA
Raise renewable energy usage to 70% by 2030, Group-wide Coverage rate by renewable energy 50% 53% 55% 70% 54% 63% NA NA

Task Force 4 aims to reduce CO2 emissions from the Advantest Group's business activities by 60% by FY2030 (compared to FY2018) through the introduction of energy-saving equipment and renewable energy, and to achieve a renewable energy ratio of 70% by FY2030. In FY2022, we newly installed renewable energy at our sites in China and Taiwan, as well as at our headquarters, Sendai Laboratories (ATL), and Advantest Components in Japan. We will continue to contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions generated by our operations by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from our business activities and promoting the introduction of renewable energy.

CO2 emissions and reduction rate over time (Scope 1+2)
Units are tons-CO2 Fiscal Year 2018 Japan 19,681 Overseas 18,450 Reduction rate0% Fiscal Year 2019 Japan 19,139 Overseas 14,714 Reduction rate11% Fiscal Year 2020 Japan 16,255 Overseas 11,928 Reduction rate26% Fiscal Year 2021 Japan 11,831 Overseas 13,213 Reduction rate34% Fiscal Year 2022 Japan 11,040 Overseas 9,433 Reduction rate 46%
Renewable energy volume and renewable energy introduction rate over time
Fiscal Year 2018 Overseas 9,200MWh Adoption rate12% Fiscal Year 2019 Overseas 23,072MWh Adoption rate28% Fiscal Year 2020 Japan 8,327MWh Overseas 31,629MWh Adoption rate44% Fiscal Year 2021 Japan 16,859MWh Overseas 33,994MWh Adoption rate54% Fiscal Year 2022 Japan 18,877MWh Overseas 41,765MWh Adoption rate63%

Climate change initiatives at our domestic locations

The Gunma Factory switched to renewable energy sources for all electricity use in April 2021

From 2021, 100% of the electricity used at the Gunma Factory is powered by renewable energy sources. Generated by the hydroelectricity facilities on the factory premises, this CO2-emissions-free renewable energy is produced and consumed locally. The electricity fees for the environmental added value (the increase in fees) will be utilized in future creation initiatives by Gunma Prefecture.

Climate change initiatives at our overseas locations

Offices that utilize 100% renewable energy

In an effort to reduce environmental impacts associated with electricity use, Advantest America, Inc. (AAI) has purchased Green Electricity Certificates for wind power generation since 2012. AAI sources 100% of its electricity from renewable energy sources. Furthermore, in 2012, AAI joined the Green Power Partnership of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is an initiative to promote renewable energy, and has contributed to expansion of green electricity.

Tradable Green Certificate
(United States)

Advantest Europe GmbH (AEG) has been implementing renewable energy since 2019. AEG has introduced renewable energy sources such as solar power generation, and sourced 100% of its electricity used from renewable energy sources ever since.

Tradable Green Certificate
(Germany)

Advantest (China) Co., Ltd. (ATC) has been implementing renewable energy since 2022. ATC has purchased a Green Electricity Certificate for solar power generation, and sourced 100% of its electricity used at the business sites from renewable energy sources.

Tradable Green Certificate
(China)

Recycling Resources

The Advantest Group pursues operations encompassing the "3Rs" (reduce, reuse, and recycle) with the aim of realizing a recycling society.

Waste recycle initiatives

The Advantest Group is committed to converting waste into valuables by reinforcing the initiative we launched in FY2009 to separate components. We ensure strict compliance in these activities.

In disposing of waste (including packaging materials) generated in our business activities, we clearly indicate to our outsourcing contractors the disposal method for each classification as per the relevant laws (including local laws and regulations) to ensure proper disposal and recycling by material type.

Trend in waste generated and recycling rate

Data range for tabulation: Advantest Group data
Fiscal year 2018 waste generated worldwide 1,319tons, Domestic recycle rate 63.8%  Overseas recycle rate58.8% Fiscal year 2019 waste generated worldwide 1,241tons, Domestic recycle rate 61.1%  Overseas recycle rate67.6% Fiscal year 2020 waste generated worldwide 1,282tons,  Domestic recycle rate 63.1%  Overseas recycle rate72.1% Fiscal year 2021 waste generated worldwide 1,246tons,  Domestic recycle rate 64.1%  Overseas recycle rate77.3% Fiscal year 2022 waste generated worldwide 1,352tons,  Domestic recycle rate 87.7%  Overseas recycle rate73.9%
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    The amount of waste generated, and the amount of waste recycled in Japan were calculated excluding valuable materials.
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    We found, through an inquiry to a waste disposal contractor, that some generated waste which had been allocated to the recycled quantity was not in fact recycled. We have recalculated and restated the past figures accordingly.
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    Due to the difficulty of totaling a single overseas office, we excluded it from the calculation of the waste generated and the amount waste recycled from FY2021, and recalculated it retroactively.

Realizing a New Circulation Cycle with the Introduction of a Recycling Equipment

Advantest has installed a recycled paper manufacturing machine from 2020, which can produce new paper from used paper such as rejected documents. With this machine, most of the confidential documents to be disposed, which were hitherto collected and sent to a contractor for disposal, will be processed in-house, and given "new life" by being recycled into paper and made use for various purposes, such as business cards.

We also made notebooks using recycled paper and gave them as gifts to local elementary school students who visited our biotope for nature observation events, as well as to special-needs school students and teachers who paid a visit during our company tours. These help in view of our social contributions by providing teaching materials for learning applications.

The equipment is operated by our employees with disabilities. It will also create more opportunities for people with disabilities to play an active role in the company. Once they embark upon their careers and showcasing their active roles as members of the Advantest Group will prove to be a way to repay their alma mater. With the introduction of the new paper manufacturing machines, Advantest has realized a new circulation cycle through various aspects such as environmental commitment, employment of people with disabilities, and educational support.

For more information on employment of the disabled, please refer to "Efforts to Promote Diversity".

Notebooks made from
recycled paper
Operating the recycled paper
manufacturing machine

Proper Disposal of Waste Plastics and Material Recycling

Advantest has been recycling all waste plastics at business locations in Japan.
At its Gunma Factory, trays and magazines, which are used as parts containers, are disposed of as waste plastics.
Individual employees check the recycling identification mark on each container to sort containers containing PVC.
This allows waste plastics to turn into the main raw material for RPF (Refuse Paper & Plastic Fuel), which is a high-quality solid fuel.
Waste plastics containing PVC are crushed, incinerated, and recycled as molten slag, which is used mainly as roadbed material.

Proper Disposal of Equipment Containing PCB

Advantest owned three capacitors, fluorescent lights, and stabilizers that contained polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), but all pieces of the equipment that contained PCBs were properly disposed of during FY2017.

Effective Use of Water Resources

Advantest's main usage applications of its water resources are the operation of air conditioners, kitchen use, toilet cleaning, and drinking. At our main bases, we use water for industrial use efficiently. In addition to using this water for cleaning the toilets, we also use it with roof-mounted sprinklers to improve cooling in the summer. Advantest is also filtering drinking water and using ultra-pure water at some business establishments. It should be noted that approximately 90% of the discharged water produced by Advantest Group is classed as domestic sewage. Currently, domestic sewage and rain water cannot be recycled.

Advantest's development and manufacturing sites in Japan are located in Gunma Prefecture and Saitama Prefecture and use water resources from the Tonegawa River. In order to protect the Tonegawa River's water resources, we carry out forest protection activities in the national forest in Gunma Prefecture, the source of the river.

Of course, every member of our staff takes care not to waste water, and strives to make effective use of our water resources.

Trend in water usage/discharged water

Data range for tabulation: Advantest Group data
Units are square meters. Fiscal year 2018 Water usage  280,325  Discharged water  161,355 Fiscal year 2019 Water usage  260,838  Discharged water  148,693 Fiscal year 2020 Water usage  250,271  Discharged water  142,585 Fiscal year 2021 Water usage  236,405  Discharged water  130,648 Fiscal year 2022 Water usage  242,129  Discharged water  112,769
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