Environmental Action Plan

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The Advantest Group defines environmental challenges to focus on and formulates a medium-term plan called the "Environmental Action Plan."
Based on the ESG Initiatives Basic Policy, the Environmental Action Plan was incorporated into the "E" (Environment) category in FY2021.

The Advantest Group Environmental Action Plan for FY2021, FY2022, and FY2023

The Advantest Group sets long-term goals for environmental challenges and has defined KPIs for the three years of the Second MTP (2021, 2022, and 2023) based on the ESG Initiatives Basic Policy (and the Advantest Group’s environmental policies), thus promoting responsible initiatives to address climate change and to help realize a decarbonized society.

ESG Key Issue Person in Charge Objective KPI Target Value
2021 2022 2023 2030
E
(Environment)
Climate Change
(Scope 1 + 2)
Mihashi Reduce GHG emissions from business activities by 60% by 2030 (vs. FY2018) GHG emissions reduction amount / rate 35% 38% 40% 60%
Raise renewable energy usage to 70% by 2030, Group-wide Coverage rate by Renewable Energy 50% 53% 55% 70%
Tsukakoshi Reduce production times 30% through production process reviews (vs. FY2020) Production time reduction rate for target models 15% 25% 30% (tbd)
Value Chain
(Scope 3)
Tsukakoshi Promote the use of renewable energy by suppliers and contractors Number of suppliers who have introduced renewable energy 10 20 40 (tbd)
Tsukui Reduce CO2-equivalent emissions (basic unit) per test by 50% by 2030 Reduction rate in basic units (vs. FY2018) 20% 50%
Green Products Tsukui Develop products that are free from polluting substances Perfluorocarbon (PFC) refrigerant will no longer be used New methodology in development plan Announce release plan PFC totally eliminated from next-generation models
Resource Recycling Fujita Improve in-house recycling rate by promoting the 3Rs Waste recycling rate JPN: 90%
Other region: 73% or more
JPN: 90%
Other region: 73% or more
Maintain Group-wide water usage at FY2016 levels Water resource usage 288,000 m3/year 288,000 m3/year
Biodiversity Mihashi Promote nature conservation activities
(protection of endangered species in biotope, tree planting, beach clean-up, etc.)
Planning and implementation rate of nature conservation activities 10 activities planned, 80% implemented 14 activities planned, 80% implemented 18 activities planned, 80% implemented 20 activities planned, 80% implemented

Environmental policies of the Advantest Group

The Advantest Group contributes to the sustainable development of society through our business activities.
Moreover, we are committed to protecting the environment through climate change countermeasures, preservation of biological diversity, etc. as well as ensuring sustainable use of energy, water resources, etc. All our employees actively engage in the following environmental conservation activities so that our company can earn the trust of society.

  • 1.Promoting Environmental Management
    By maintaining our environmental management system, we promote global environmental conservation efforts that achieve a balance between business activities and environmental concerns.
  • 2.Reduction of Customers' Environmental Burden
    We promote energy conservation, improved recyclability, and the elimination of hazardous substances to provide environmentally friendly products and services that contribute to our customers' reduction of their environmental burdens while considering the life cycle of our products from material procurement to waste disposal.
  • 3.Better Workplace Procedures
    We reform work procedures to continually improve our environmental performance by creating environmentally friendly products.
  • 4.Environmental Protection and Sustainable Use of Resources
    By being alert to the environmental impact of our business activities, we strive to protect the environment from measures against climate change to the conservation of biodiversity, as well as sustainable use of resources such as energy and water.
  • 5.Complying with Environmental Laws and Regulations and Preventing Pollution
    Upholding all environmental laws and regulations and voluntary standards, we protect nature and shield our neighbors from environmental pollution and health hazards caused by chemical substances, waste and other contaminations.

The Advantest Group Environmental Action Plan VIII (FY2018, FY2019, and FY2020) and a summary of our achievements in FY2020

Since the conclusion of the Paris Agreement, promotion of climate change initiatives has been accelerating around the world.
In response to these requirements from the international community, Advantest has been considering how to set long-term goals for our climate change initiatives since FY2018.
In FY2018, we started an analysis of how to drive our climate change initiatives as well as of the business risks and opportunities presented by climate change. In FY2019, we conducted research on the adoption of renewable energy and discussed long-term goals for GHG emissions reduction.
Such efforts have enabled us to set and announce long-term goals for GHG emissions reductions that meet international standards as part of our climate change initiatives by declaring support for the TCFD Recommendations and joining the RE100 initiative.
These are significant accomplishments of our Environmental Action Plan VIII.

Key themes

  • 1. Promotion of environmental management: Promote responsible initiatives and contribute to society’s sustainable development through environmental management.
  • 2. Provision of green products: Help customers reduce their environmental burdens through our core and tester-related businesses.
  • 3. Innovation in our business processes: Promote streamlining of operations and energy use.

Applicable scope (as of the end of March 2021)

  • 1. Scope of implementation: Advantest and our main domestic and overseas group companies
    Six domestic offices (including domestic group companies)
    Seven main overseas locations(AAI, AEG, ASP, ATK, ATC, ATI, and AMY)
  • 2. Initiative period: From FY2018 to FY2020 (three years)

Main achievements

Activity item

Goal

Indicator

FY2018
Results

FY2019
Results

FY2020
Results

Promotion of environmental management: Promote responsible initiatives and contribute to society’s sustainable development through environmental management
1) Adaptation to climate change Identify management risks attributable to climate change and prepare adaptation measures by the end of FY2020.
(GHG: greenhouse gases)
Progress Collected information on climate change countermeasures;
researched and identified risks and opportunities.
Researched renewable energy;
discussed long-term goals for GHG emissions reduction.
Declared support for the TCFD Recommendations.
Joined the RE100 initiative.
Announced long-term goals for GHG emissions reduction.
2) Promotion of global environmental education Implement an e-learning program once a year. (Participation rate: over 95%) Participation rate 99.3% 98.5% 99.1%
3) Promotion of environmental contributions and educational support Implement forest conservation activities at each location. Number of implemented initiatives Domestic: 8
Overseas: 15
Domestic: 7
Overseas: 14
Domestic: 3
Overseas: 10
4) Promotion of forest conservation activities Implement forest conservation activities at each location. 1 1 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
5) Cultivation and utilization of a biotope Cultivate and utilize a biotope. (nature observation gatherings, protection of endangered species) 2 2 1
6) Reduction of CO2 emissions Reduce global CO2 emissions (Scope 1+2) by 30% by the end of 2030 (compared to the FY2018 level). Reduction rate Base year 10.7% 19.9%
7) Utilization of renewable energy Globally promote purchasing of green electricity and adoption of solar power. Adoption rate of renewable energy 12% 28% 42%
8) Conservation of water resources (new) Maintain the global water usage level of FY2016 (less than 288,000 m3/year). Water usage amount 280,621m3/year 260,838m3/year 250,271m3/year
9) Promotion of resource circulation recycling Maintain the domestic recycling rate of 90%. Recycle rate 64% 61% 63%
Aim for a recycling rate of over 60% at our overseas locations. 59% 68% 72%
Provision of green products: Help clients reduce their environmental burdens through our core and tester-related businesses
1) Improve the energy-saving performance of new products. Reduce the electricity consumption per unit performance over 20% for applicable products.
(Achievement rate: No. of products for which the target has been achieved/No. of targets to which the target applies)
Achievement rate 75% 88% 100%
Main products M4841: Reduced by 68% V93K Python Reduced electricity consumption by 15%.
(256 Digital Channel Card)
Asakaze 5: Reduced by 32%
(compared to T5833).
2) Conserve resources, downsize, and reduce components and materials. Successfully conserve resources, downsize, and reduce components and materials for applicable products.
(Achievement rate: No. of products for which the target has been achieved/No. of targets to which the target applies)
Achievement rate 100% 67% 50%
Main products B6700D: Reduced use of refrigerants by 70%. V93K Python Reduced the PCB size by 30%.
(256 Digital Channel Card)
V93k Donau Reduced the PCB size by 50%.
(256 Digital Channel Card)
3) Replace fluorinert and reduce the usage amount. Develop and implement an alternative cooling technology to replace Fluorinert. Progress Ongoing
4) Calculate and announce the amount of CO2 reduced by green products. (new) Calculate the amount of CO2 reduced by green products, and announce the level of contribution to society. Progress Calculate the amount of CO2 emitted through the use of products sold in GHG Category 11, Scope 3.
* The figures have been retroactively corrected by updating the emission factors.
1,175.0 kt-CO2 855.0 kt-CO2 1,152.0 kt-CO2
5) Distribute new products more widely.
(replacement with green products)
Replace testers with new products to help customers reduce energy use (compared to T6372). Units sold T6391_RND440_164 units
Electricity reduction: approx. 9 GWh/year
T6391_RND440_115 units
Electricity reduction: approx. 6 GWh/year
Currently being aggregated
Innovation in our business processes: Drive improvement in operational and energy efficiency
1) Streamline production activities. Aim for a production period of one month for new products and newly outsourced products (from board assembly and assignment to shipment). Progress B6700D: 1.5 months
(energization period: 12 days →7 days)
T5503HS Unattained for quality improvement
(energization period: 40 days→40 days)
Achieved a production period of one month for T5832
(energization period: 33 days →30 days)
2) Reduce energy use and increase the efficiency of building facilities. ATJ: Update aging facilities to increase their efficiency and promote leveling of electricity consumption. Progress Crude oil equivalent: reduced 25 kl
(Target: 57 kl)
Crude oil equivalent: Reduction of 195 kl
(Target: 31 kl)
Currently being aggregated
(Target: 210 kl)
AEG: Switched to LED lighting. Updated the air conditioning system. Progress Switched to LED lighting.
Electricity reduction: 790 MWh/year
Started to use a new air conditioning system. (Completed)
3) Streamline the product development and production processes. Build Global PLM, which is expected to streamline global, diverse product development and production processes. Progress Began implementing PLM. (Completed) (Completed)
4) Reduce environmental burdens in the supply chain.
(new)
Identify environmental burdens of production outsourcing contractors. Progress Calculated the amount of CO2 emitted from products and services purchased in GHG Category 1, Scope 3.
489.5 kt-CO2 400.5 kt-CO2 482.0 kt-CO2
Reduce CO2 emissions from purchasing logistics by 36% per unit (compared to FY2016). Reduction rate 20% 27% Currently being aggregated
V93K Reduce packaging waste by 6% per unit(compared to FY2016). Reduction rate 1.5% 2.5% Currently being aggregated