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.
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
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
|Value chain (Scope3)||Reduce CO2-equivalent emissions (basic unit) per test by 50% by 2030||Reduction rate in basic units (vs. FY2018)||Target||Set basic unit calculation definition||20%||50%|
|Result||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
|Value chain (Scope3)||Promote the use of renewable energy by suppliers and contractors||Number of suppliers who use renewable energy||Target||10||20||40||TBD|
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
|Climate change (Scope1+2)||Reduce GHG emissions from business activities by 60% (vs. FY2018)||GHG emissions reduction amount/rate||Target||35%||38%||40%||60%|
|Raise renewable energy usage to 70% by 2030, Group-wide||Coverage rate by renewable energy||Target||50%||53%||55%||70%|
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)
Renewable energy volume and renewable energy introduction rate over time
Climate change initiatives at our domestic locations
The Gunma Factory switched to renewable energy sources for all electricity use in April 2021
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.
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.
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.