Approach to Materiality in Products and Services
|Supervising division||CSR & Environmental Affairs Promotion Office|
|KPI||Percentage of products meeting the company's voluntary green products standards|
|Results achieved in fiscal 2018||100%|
|Material reasons||Advantest products generate various small and large environmental impacts through their use. Green products, which reduce environmental impact, are important to us not only because they address environmental issues but also because it helps us to show the quality of our products.|
|Boundary||FY2019: Domestic AT only, FY2020: Entire AT|
|Relevant policies||Advantest Group Environmental Policy|
|Relevant commitments||Voluntary standards for green products that conform to the ISO14021|
|Responsible department/division||CSR & Environmental Affairs Promotion Center/Environmental Management Officer|
|Relevant complaint processing policy|
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 is developing green products in response to these demands and based on the belief that these products will be beneficial for its customers.
Development Flow of Green Products
At the Advantest Group, all new 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. 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).
Development flow of green 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.
- Energy saving design
- Reducing component design
- Size reduction design
- Design with recyclable plastic materials
- Design for ease of dismantling
- Release of information on disposal
- Improved rates of green procurement
- Elimination of banned substances
Energy and Resource Saving
We aim to reduce the environmental impact of our products through product designs that saves energy, reduces components, and reduces 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.
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 IEC 62474 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.
In addition, there have been no emissions of gases such as PFCs due to our products because these products are test instruments for semiconductors and not manufacturing products.
Green Products Certified During Fiscal 2018
We supplied the following products, which were certified as green products in fiscal 2018.
- T5503HS2 Memory Test System
- Burn-in Tester B6700L
- Burn-in Tester B6700D
- Burn-in Tester B6700S
- Thermal Hand Plug Unit M4871ES
- Test Handler M4872 High Power × 2
- Fine Particle Measurement System WEL1100
- Wireless Data Logger AirLogger™ WM2000
|New product model||Versus previous product||Energy efficiency improvement (%)||Reduction in components rate (%)||Reduction in size rate (%)|
Note: The reduction rates given above are the values resulting from the performance conversion.
Environmental Contributions of Green Products
Green products from the Advantest Group contribute to the reduction of the environmental burden by achieving energy savings, resource conservation, and miniaturization compared to conventional products. We have learned that the greatest environmental impact of the primary products from the Advantest Group such as testers and handlers is made up of the electric power consumption on customer sites, which makes up 97% of the electric power consumption, based on the LCA results.
Energy-saving efforts for Advantest green products contribute greatly to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (CO2) compared to conventional products. This reduction data is only for this fiscal year, but our B-to-B products are generally used for upwards of 10 years, which we believe will have an even greater impact on reducing the environmental load.
Examples of Effective Reductions to CO2 Emissions via Green Products
Amount of CO2 emissions reduced by the products sold in FY2018 (Product environment assessment has been done no later than FY2017)
* The above amount of CO2 emissions reduced is the value resulting from performance conversion.
Note: How to calculate the amount of greenhouse gas reduced
Amount of CO2 emissions reduced (t/year) = Amount of electric power consumed by the conventional product (kW) × Energy efficiency of the new product × Sales of the new product (units/year) × Annual operation time (h) × CO2 conversion coefficient (t/kWh)