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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, provision of green products, and reform of business processes. We will always encourage responsible efforts in environmental management toward climate policy measures and a decarbonized society.

Overview of the Eighth Advantest Environmental Action Plan and Activity Results for Fiscal 2018

The Eighth Advantest Environmental Action Plan (2018–2020) continues the three key areas of the Seventh 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
  • Add further disclosure of the calculation criteria for CO2 reductions through the promotion of green products and the level of social contributions
  • Add further reduction of the environmental burden in the supply chain
    Grasp the environmental burden of production contractors, reduce CO2 in purchasing logistics for SoC test system, and reduce packaging waste

Key Issues:

  1. Promotion of environmental management: Promote responsible efforts in environmental management and contribute to the 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, 2019)

  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 2018-2020 (three years)

Main Activity Results

The progress of the activities for fiscal 2018 are as follows.

With regard to the environmental management items, energy consumption and waste emissions are increasing due to the effect of super cycle in the semiconductor industry. With regard to waste, both the domestic and overseas recycling rates are lower than the target values by one point. For the long-term targets for climate change mitigation, Advantest is now working to formulate the targets within fiscal 2019.

With regard to the provision of green products, the power consumptions for SoC Test System V93000 and Wave Scale RF have decreased by 5%, showing good progress. In addition, owing to the sales promotion of Display Driver Test System T6391, the customer's power consumption reduction is expected to increase by 9 GWh per year. "9 GWh" is equivalent to the annual power consumption of about 2,000 general households.

Important challenges

Relationship with environmental policy

Action items

Action items (details of targets for fiscal 2020)

Results achieved in fiscal 2018

Promotion of environmental management
  Promotion of environmental management 1) Adaption to climate change Grasp management risks brought on by climate change and put together measures to adopt by the end of fiscal 2020. Studied trends for measures against climate change and collect information.
Identified "risks and opportunities" related to climate change.
2) Promotion of global environmental education Carry out e-learning once a year.

Environmental education implemented both in Japan and overseas using e-learning. Percentage of employees undergoing e-learning: 99.3%

3)  Promotion of environmental contribution activities and educational contribution activities Promote environmental and social contribution activities and education support activities.

<Within Japan> Eight projects implemented (the main activities are listed below)

  • Conducted special science classes at neighborhood elementary schools with 122 elementary school students participating
  • Conducted a nature observation event with 99 local elementary school students participating
  • Periodically conducted cleaning activities around our business locations

<Overseas> 15 projects implemented (the main activities are listed below)

  • Conducted a food distribution project (in Singapore)
  • Conducted a home repair volunteer project (in the U.S.)
  • Supported a sports event for the physically disabled people (in Korea)
  Conservation of biodiversity 1) Promotion of forest conservation activities At each site, carry out forest conservation activities. 28 Advantest employees volunteered to carry out thinning-out work at national forests in Mt. Akagi
2) Biotope development and utilization Foster and utilize biotope.
(Nature observation events targeting neighborhood elementary schools, protection of endangered plants)

Held two Biotope events at the Gunma R&D Center

Promotion of climate policy measures
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 previous fiscal year, 1% or more reduction (Aim for 7.73% or more by fiscal 2020)

More efficient utilization of air conditioning units and discontinuation of use of unnecessary equipment
Rate of improvement in per-unit energy consumption: −13.6% (compared to fiscal 2012)

2) Use of renewable energy Promote the purchase of green power and introduction of solar power in overseas bases.

Purchased green power of 9,200 MWh per year (AAI)

3) Conservation of water resources Maintain fiscal 2016 levels. (288,000m3 per year or less)

Fiscal 2018: 280,621m3 per year (Japan + Overseas)

  Compliance with environmental laws and regulations, prevention of pollution Promoting resource recycling Improve waste recycling rate.  
1) Maintain and manage the recycling rate at Japanese bases Maintain a recycling rate of 90% or more at Japanese bases. Recycling rate for facilities in Japan: 89%
(The recycling rate decreased because the method for disposing of general waste from business activities was changed)
2) Improve the recycling rate at overseas bases Aim for a recycling rate of 65% or more.
(Measures: reconfirmation of recycling criteria, review of treatment methods)
Recycling rate for overseas facilities: 59%
Providing green products
 

Reduce customers' environmental burden

1) Improvement of the energy efficiency of new products Reduce power consumption for new products per unit performance by at least 20%.
  • Reduction of power consumption for the newly developed module for in-vehicle MCU measurement: 21%
  • Reduction of power consumption for SoC Test System V93000 and Wave Scale RF: 5%
  • Reduction of power consumption for Mask MVM-SEM E3650 per 100 measurement points: 27%
  • Reduction of power consumption for Test Handler M4841 per unit performance: 68%
  • Reduction of power consumption for the digital module for Memory Test System T5503HS2: 35.3%
2) Resource conservation, size reduction, and reduction of components and materials Achieve resource conservation in products, size reduction, and reduction in components and materials.
  • Reduction of refrigerant consumption of Memory Burn-in Tester B6700D: 70%
  • Reduction of the PCB installation areas of SoC Test System V93000 and Wave scale RF: 10%
  • Reduction of the installation area of E-Beam Lithography F7000S: 30%
3) Alternative to Fluorinert and reduction of the usage Establish an alternative cooling technology to Fluorinert and put it into practical use. Performance evaluation is continued
4) Calculation and disclosure of CO2 reductions of green products Calculate CO2 reductions through green products and disclose the level of social contributions. Calculated with T5821
5) Increase sales of new products Promote the replacement of old products with new products to contribute to power saving for customers. Sales promotion of Display Driver Test System T6391_RND440
Power consumption reduction in customers' production lines: approx. 9 GWh per year
Reform of business processes
  Reform of business processes Promote 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 and new OEM products within one month Reduction of the number of days that electric power is used to produce Memory Burn-in Tester B6700D: 41.7%
Reduce the probe card production period by 10% compared to fiscal 2017. Reduction rate in fiscal 2018: 5.9%
Reduce the amount of labor in new probe production products by at least 18% per wafer unit. Reduction rate for NAND PC Probe: 42%
2) Energy-saving in building facilities and efficiency improvement Renew old equipment to improve efficiency and equalize electricity usage. Reduction of crude oil equivalent value through the efficient utilization of equipment from fiscal 2012: 25 kl
Reduce power consumption by 40% through the adoption of LED office lighting. (Advantest Europe GmbH (AEG)) Reduction of power consumption for office lighting in fiscal 2018: 20%
Annual power consumption reduction: approx. 790 MWh
Reduce power consumption for office air conditioning and fuel consumption for office heating. (Advantest Europe GmbH (AEG)) The air conditioning system is being renewed.
3)  Improvement of the operational efficiency of product development and production Build a system for Global PLM that can be expected to improve efficiency globally for a variety of product development and production businesses. For Japanese bases, operation began in January 2019.
For overseas bases, operation began in April 2019.
Reduce design labor through a more efficient operation of custom PB design. Reduction of average design labor for custom PB: 30% or more
Reduce design transfer labor of DI mechatronic products. Reduction of design transfer labor for HF mechanical design: 40%
4) Reduction of the environmental burden in the supply chain Examine the environmental burden of production contractors. The examination method is being studied.
Reduce CO2 emissions in purchasing logistics for SoC Test System V93000 by 36%. Reduction rate in fiscal 2018: 20%
Reduce the amount of packaging material disposed of for SoC Test System V93000 by 6%. Reduction rate in fiscal 2018: 1.5%